As you are reading this, I will be sitting in the waiting room of the Fishkill Ambulatory Surgery Center as my husband gets his torn meniscus repaired. I thought it would be appropriate to post one of his new favorite wines today – 2009 Flanagan Chardonnay. I know this should be in my Friday – The Other Wines in the House, but we can make an exception.
We met Eric Flanagan when we were in Sonoma last October. We had a wonderful visit with him at his vineyard and waited 9 months for him to release this Chardonnay so we can enjoy it.
The nose was full of bright sunshine that gives way to a smile of honeysuckle, apricot and spice. The palate is soft, smooth and creamy with hints of pear, vanilla and a touch of butter. The wine balances minerality and is not heavily oaked. The finish is long and will remind you of dipping your lobster tail in drawn butter.
If you want to know the specs on the wine the grapes were harvested October 6, brix 23.9 T/A of 5.0 and pH of 3.96.
My patient better behave or I might have to tap into his remaining few bottles and enjoy them on the deck where he can’t see me. Since I’ll be the one taking the recycle bin out the next few weeks, he’ll never know.
****Note: this blog was suppose to be released on July 5, the original date of the surgery. At 8:15am we received a call that the Fishkill Ambulatory Surgery Center had no air conditioning so the surgery would have to be rescheduled. Major upset of the week…so the surgery was rescheduled for today, Friday July 8. Consider this part of “The other wines in the house.” ****