Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Snosrap Chardonnay Cyrano Series (by Parsonage Village Vineyard) Monterey.
Parsonage continues to grow in size and style, adding some new value wines to their line-up, while the quality in their estate wine soars and gets more terroir driven with each year. The Snosrap series, made from select purchased grapes from selected vineyards in the Monterey region, focuses on value and made for everyday enjoyment, as well as for bistro by-the-glass programs. The Parsonage tasting room sells most of these wines and they fly off the shelves at wine stores in the Monterey area, as few wines can match the quality for the price that these wines offer. This vintage of the Snosrap Chardonnay is ripe and round with good touches of French oak, while still giving some Burgundian flavors of hazelnuts, mineral and some lemon zest. The palate has pear, apple, peach and a flash of pineapple with soft acidity and warm creamy vanilla spice. Drink now, or expect this wine to gain weight and buttery flavors over the next few years and drink well for another 5 to 7.
($20 Est.) 91-92 Points, grapelive