Our Taste & Talk with Cindy Cosco (@passaggio on Twitter) of Passaggio Wines wrapped up yesterday. It was really a great conversation and very interesting. If you are interested in getting caught up you can check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Trust me, if you missed it you want to check it out. Cindy is a very interesting person and came to wine making from a unique place.
I am actually a little bummed we are finished with our chat but Cindy has agreed to let us check in with her as she tends to her 2009 wines. She is basically going to open up her wine making process to share it with you - the readers of PTC and the watcher of PTC TV. Should be fun to follow along with her through the process of making her 2009 vintage.
Today's episode of PTC TV is a review of the 2008 Passaggio Chardonnay. Cindy is making her Chardonnay in more of a European or French style in that it is unoaked and she doesn't put the wine through malolactic conversion as so many other California Chardonnay makers do. As always, our complete written tasting note is below the video. We hope you enjoy this episode of PTC TV!
Please note: Pulling The Cork received this wine as a sample from Passaggio Wines.
2008 Passaggio New Generation Chardonnay- USA, California, Sonoma
Wine was tasted at 56 degrees. In the glass it was clear, pale straw in color with some gold toward the edge. The nose revealed very robust and intense aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, green apple, pear and some florals. The bouquet revealed a hint of minerality. Overall a pretty complex aroma profile. The mouthfeel was full bodied which surprised me for a Chardonnay that didn't undergo malolactic conversion. There was a very lively and bright acidity with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, green apple, Bosc pear, mango and lemon zest with some honeysuckle and minerals underneath the fruit. A very complex and layered flavor profile that was bursting with fruit. Very crisp and refreshing. The finish was moderately long with lingering flavors of green apple, pear, lemon zest and wet stones. This is a surprisingly excellent wine for $13.00 a bottle. So European or French in style versus the splinter pulling, butter stick chewing Chardonnays that have become all the fad in California.
Highly recommend this wine! 50+5+13+18+7=93 pts (click here to learn more about what these number mean)