Seven Heavenly Chards - 2007 Chardonnay

7 Chards front NVI've been enjoying the releases from the Michael David Family of  Wines, for quite a few years now. I find that in general, the wines are accessible, widely available and tend to please a crowd. Seven Deadly Zins is the one I've had the most over the years. So I was quite curious to try Seven Heavenly Chards, which is its counterpart. The 2007 Seven Deadly Chards is 100% Lodi Chardonnay. This wine was aged in seven different types of French oak barrels for 10 months. 10,000 cases of this wine were produced and the suggested retail price is $17.

Mango, pineapple and vanilla dominate the nose of this wine. They're underscored by a subtler, but present, touch of caramel. Throughout the fairly extravagant and creamy palate, guava, kiwi and pineapple notes are prominent. The finish features a hint of citrus peel along with nutmeg and white pepper. The oak treatment on this wine is apparent, but not obtrusive or over the top. Seven Heavenly Chards is a well balanced wine with firm acidic structure. This wine will be a good match for a creamy four cheese Risotto.

While this wine retails for $17, it's often available for under $15. At that price point, given the host of flavors it offers, it's going to satisfy the masses. This is a great choice to bring to a large gathering. This wine is consistent, in style and intent, with the other offerings from The Michael David Family of Wines that I've had in the past.

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