In today’s world of branding and pop culture, there is no doubt in my mind that Hollywood and it’s counterparts would inevitably make their way into the mineral and nutrient deprived soils of wineries across the planet.
I have the distinct pleasure of attaining a wine for your consumption that is not just pleasing to the Millenials who are now finding a taste for wine but will also appeal to a more distinctive palate. Our grizzly and lovable friends have put away their moonshine and are now making careful considerations when sitting at the dinner table.
That’s right, the boys from Duck Dynasty have their bearded faces on wine labels coming to a Liquor Store near you, and of course it is aptly named Duck Commander. Although they offer a number of varieties including a Cabernet and a Pink Moscato, today my focus is on Duck Commander Chardonnay as the sun is hot and it’s a little more fitting to enjoy something a little more cool and refreshing.
First of all I would like to relieve any thoughts of Uncle Si stomping grapes in the backyard or whether the product was aged in former tobacco barrels…. The boys took their business savvy and put the art of the winemaking into the capable hands of the well-known and reputable Trinchero family. The boys may know ducks but Trinchero has been producing magnificent wines from their Napa Valley estate since 1947!
Let’s get “down” to business and see if this wine gets a clean “bill” of health. The chardonnay underwent partial malolactic fermentation which should allow the wine to retain crisp varietal characteristics while imparting a smooth texture to the finished product.
To add a little character such as pineapple, melon and spice, the wine was introduced to French and American and then balanced out in stainless steel tanks.
In my years and years and years of enjoying and criticizing wine, I have to admit that this wine did not disappoint. Finally picking up the glass, there are rich tropical fruit aromas with hints of lemon and crisp apple. The palate is vibrant and full of pear, melon and apple pie with a silky, creamy finish.
As I had previously mentioned this is a great wine for a hot evening so it would be a good idea to pair it with summer vegetables such as red peppers, corn, butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli and even cheddar cheese. This was Truly an enjoyable Chardonnay and I hope you like it as much as I do
Keep your glasses full my friends,
The Beverage Baron