22 Jul Distinctive California Chardonnay – 2019 Diora
Chardonnay is inescapable.
The most popular white wine in the world,
it occupies considerable space on the shelves
at any given grocery/wine shop.
Alas, most of the Chardonnay that’s
in our price range sweet spot….
between $10-$20…is indistinct
For Wine Thursday!, our weekly good-wine-
we’re checking out a Chardonnay
that could be described as polarizing.
Love it or loathe it, it does leave an impression.
When evaluating a wine, I make it a habit
to search on line for consumer feedback.
After reading a number of negative comments
on Diora’s 2019 Chardonnay…”long unpleasant finish”,
“overwhelming bitterness”, “a waste of time”…
I couldn’t wait to try it myself.
My comment about those comments: “Huh?”
There’s a glut of hum-drum mid-priced Chardonnay on the market.
In that sea of sameness, I found the Diora
to be a refreshing alternative.
It comes out of the gate strong with
pineapple and butterscotch aromas.
The oak tones are present but not overpowering.
Medium-bodied and creamy, there’s just enough acidity here
to keep things interesting.
An interesting affordable Chardonnay.
That’s not a waste of time.
That’s a find.
The 2019 Diora Chardonnay is available at Safeway for $13.49.
QFC and Fred Meyer offer it for $14.99.
Stirling Fine Wines has it for the same price, $14.99
You can order it from Tualatin Liquor for $16.49
Luekens Wine & Spirits sells it for $15.99
Wine.com has it for $17.99