Thursday, January 23, 2014

2012 Mandolin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

I served the 2012 Mandolin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Monterey with a weeknight dinner at home before the kids headed back to college after the winter break. Our meal included herb roasted turkey breast, green beans and sweet potatoes. My kids are 21 and 23 years old and they are always interested to see what I am pouring. They are particularly excited to try good tasting wines that they can also afford and these two wines fell into that category, both are recommended.

2012 Mandolin Chardonnay* - This medium body lightly-oaked wine had aromas and flavors of citrus and pineapple with crisp acidity and a tropical flavored finish. SRP $10

2012 Mandolin Pinot Noir* - This medium body wine had aromas of raspberry and leather with mixed berry flavors, fresh acidity and medium tannins with a bit of baking spice in the finish. SRP $12


*Both of these wines were media samples.