Found August 2011
I had this bottle twice over a 4 day span ... not the same bottle mind you, two different bottles. The first was last Saturday when we had some friends over for dinner and they brought not one but two bottles of this Mountain Road Reserve with them - I am never opposed to two bottles in a night but when we only went through the one I figured I would age the other a little, then it hit me "salmon". I think I have lost you so let's backtrack to Saturday.
Saturday night we were having a nice lemon, dill cod and I opened this heavy Chardonnay and although I liked the wine on its own, and it paired so-so with the fish I figured I hadn't given it its proper due. After-all cod is a very light fish and this was a very heavy Chardonnay. So on Tuesday night it was back to the drawing board. I put the second bottle in the fridge and whipped up a dill salmon ... now let's see how the wine performs. The nose (on both bottles) was one of the wines best features: buttery, vanilla, caramel; and as the wine sat in the glass things melded together giving up smells of buttered almonds and vanilla peaches - hot damn! Next came taste and it was quite a treat too: hazelnut, butter, vanilla; nutty and buttery all at the same time, there was also a creamy sensation but with good mouth cleansing acidity so that it did not weigh heavily on the tongue. Turns out it paired much better with the salmon than the cod and would even stand up to some fuller red meats without being sacrilegious. Bottom line is the wine is well integrated and compelling enough to drink right now, I'm not sure further aging is going to help this one, so drink up and enjoy. Lost & Found Rating: Treasure