Toasted Head Chardonnay 2011 (2nd Tasting)

Purchased from Costco and available at most liquor retailers
Total Wine & More, $8.47
BevMo, $10.99

Aaron:  Oak oak and more oak, combined with a nose of oak and lots of oak flavors.  Seriously, the smell was oaky with some subtle butter in the background.  The flavor was smooth with “bumps” of smoked oak and lemongrass.  A faint citrus made this reasonably enjoyable for those who like the woodsy flavor.  89 points

Teri: We all hear how wine can taste different with it’s time in the bottle, but it is often most prominent when you actually do a comparison. We originally tasted Toasted Head a little over a year ago, same vintage, and our tasting notes ended up slightly different after the wine sat in the bottle 13+ months longer. Normally white wines aren’t meant to sit in the bottle as long as some reds, but each wine when bottled will have an ideal time period for consumption. My rating went significantly lower – due to overwhelmingly smoky oak from sip to swallow. The bottle still did not have many fruit characteristics other than some slight citrus and was semi-buttery. It was the stronger oak characteristics which turned off my taste buds this time. 86 points 

Check out the The Vino Duo’s original tasting of Toasted Head Chardonnay


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