It’s funny how one’s palate changes over time with wine given enough exposure and diversity. A decade ago I was a solid “ABC” wine drinker – ‘Anything But Chardonnay.” Like many I was stunted by the low end California oak and butter bombs, best served near freezing if possible.
Over time I discovered what diversity chardonnay has, and learned to appreciate styles from other countries such as Australia, and of course France, whose diversity of chardonnay styles is almost overwhelming, and few others resemble the old California style. I also became a fan a few years ago of unoaked or ‘naked’ chardonnay – when done right, such as Kopriva.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Folie à Deux sample I received over the Holidays; a sub $20 fairly distributed wine, with I believed was a large production. I later read the data sheet and saw only 25,000 cases were made.) I was assured there was no pressure or expectations with the samples – enjoy them; writing was optional.
For those of you less fluent in French (like me) ‘ Folie à Deux’ is named for the French term meaning ‘shared fantasies’ and ‘represents the fulfillment of a dream to create a beautiful dance of flavors and true varietal expression.’
Folie à Deux 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay
The fruit for was sourced from Napa Valley vineyards in the Northern part of Chardonnay territory including Oak Knoll, Oakville, and Atlas Peak. Part of of the juice fermented in stainless steel tanks, the balance of wine fermented in small oak barrels to help round out the finish. After fermentation, the wine was aged in French and American oak for 6 months.
On the Nose: Green apple, tropical fruit, vanilla, hint of coconut
In The Mouth: Rich mouth feel. Citrus, pineapple, peach. Good mid palate, and lingering acidity at finish. Oak is present, but modest. (A tad surprised since was some American oak.) Good balance.
Where to Buy: Website, Some distribution. $18 on Web. Media Sample.
You can also visit their Napa tasting room.
Food Pairing: Pairing mine tonight with my seasonal favorite dungeness crab. Try crab cakes, chicken or pasta with cream sauce.
Recommendation: This wine is <$20, and possibly ~$15 retail. This is a very drinkable chardonnay for under $20, that will please many, not embarrass you, and not break the bank, as well as pair widely with a good variety of foods. I’d have no problem picking this up on the run and taking it home, or someone’s house. Recommend.
(p.s. I love the suggested ‘song pairing’ “Suggested Song Pairing: “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,”by Otis Redding.)
Wine Geek Info:
- Alcohol: 14.2%
- T.A.: 0.57g/100ml
- pH: 3.58
- R.S.: 0.28 g/100ml