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- Innkeeper - 02-27-2006 07:29 PM

2004 Toad Hollow, Francine's Selection, Mendocino County, Chardonnay ($11.99 NH Liquor Store). Alcohol level 13.9%. This is a wine that KC recommended for those who want a little butter but no wood in a Chardonnay. We immediately figured it might go with chicken in cream sauce. It has had malocactic fermentation on the lees for 8 months, and it was done in stainless steel tanks (no oak at all).

Gave apples and pears on the nose and upfront. Nice acidity with lemon (!) fruit in the buttery complexity across the middle, and a really lovely finish. Matched very well as expected with sauteed chicken breasts in the Italian manner with sauteed almond slices in the cream sauce. Yum, yum!

- brappy - 02-27-2006 11:52 PM

Is this the winery Robbin Willliam's brother owns?

Never mind, just answered my own question.

[This message has been edited by brappy (edited 02-27-2006).]

- wondersofwine - 02-28-2006 10:34 AM

And the answer was...?

- Innkeeper - 02-28-2006 11:59 AM

Yes. Go to their website and look at his picture. A spitin image of his bother. Did you notice I spelled hollow correctly? Remember a certain Pinot from Monterey?

- Innkeeper - 09-16-2006 05:39 PM

Had another tonight with smoked free range chicken, roast baby red potatoes, and salad. It was wonderful. Our house guest loved it and couldn't get enough out it or information on it. This is a wonderful wine with meals like this or with inside dishes with cream sauce like the one I first posted.

- Innkeeper - 06-11-2007 09:36 AM

Had our first '05 last night. It is as good or better than ever. We shared it with a friend who took the empty bottle home with her.

Matched it with apple smoked chicken, brown rice cooked in chichen stock, and green beans almondine. Very nice dinner.

- Innkeeper - 07-02-2007 08:57 PM

We had another bottle tonight. Matched it with a very nice chicken sausage, and salad.

- Innkeeper - 09-27-2008 05:58 PM

We had an '06 tonight and have to admit that it has not changed very much over the years. This is despite the tragic loss of their owner/founder and the fact that they don't grow their own grapes. They must have a very good grower or Francine really knows how to pick 'em. It is still an excellent Chard.

Matched it with yet another batch of Giada's Linguini with Shrimp and Lemon Oil; this time with some minced Prosciutto in it.