2545 Cellars Chardonnay 2009
Although I don’t usually keep Chardonnay on hand in my home, I decided to try a bottle of 2545 Cellars Chardonnay 2009 this weekend. Though not a frequent Chardonnay drinker, I was pleasantly surprised by this delightful wine. In fact, this is one of the better Chards I’ve had in the past few years. The nose is extremely pleasant with fragrances of vanilla, oranges, and other fruits. The taste combines a complex of honey, herbs, passion fruit, and wonderful oak that balances exceptionally well. The typical “buttery” taste of a chardonnay is very prevalent and makes this a wine that pairs strikingly well with dishes that utilize lots of butter. Though the weight of the body is slightly lighter than expected, this wine makes up for it with a rich and long-lasting finish that is sure to delight. It will complement any type of lightly buttered pasta dish extremely well (without tomato sauce, mind you!) Though it can work with salmon, white fish like tilapia or--even better--pan fried flounder with butter make for an exceptionally good pairing with the 2545 Cellars Chardonnay. Try lightly sprinkling the top of the fish with seasoned bread crumbs 4 minutes before it finishes cooking, and be sure to pour the excess butter from the pan over the fish before serving. 2545 Cellars Chardonnay 2009 also pairs well with light cheese sauces. Try it with peppered broccoli and cheese for a surprising treat. This wine, though given to me by a friend not knowing my usual vino preferences, turned out to be a fantastic discovery. Give it a try with your buttery dishes, and be sure to serve it chilled! A Eurocave Comfort wine cabinet is perfect for maintaining the ideal temperature of this wine and will fit nicely in your kitchen.