Jam Cellars Butter Chardonnay
Region: Napa, California
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
‘Butter???’ laughed the cashier at Trader Joe’s as he rang up my bottle at the register. Such an awkward name for a wine, right?! Well, you wouldn’t laugh if you knew what was inside the bottle!
I was so excited to find Butter at Trader Joe’s. I tried this Chardonnay for the first time at UnWine last year and really liked it. That means a lot coming from someone who really doesn’t like a lot of Chardonnays. At $14 a bottle, this wine is a solid, especially since a glass of Butter at UnWine runs for about the same price. *side eye*
I’m all about sharing the wealth, so check out my thoughts below.
Butter Chardonnay is full of rich, vibrant aromas. It has a unique smell that’s hard to pinpoint, but if you concentrate just right (lol), you’ll get some earthy aromas, with some vanilla to balance it out. Like it’s name, its texture is just like butter…smooth and creamy in all the right ways. If you don’t mind a buttery, slightly oaked Chardonnay, then this one is for you. You’ll also taste some tangy, tropical fruit with some acidity on the backend. It’s so light and airy. I could definitely drink this wine all year long. Another great investment wine to keep in your everyday stash.
Overall Rating: 4 Corks
Buzzworthy: Butter contains 14 percent ALC by VOL, which I didn’t realize is about average for most Chardonnays. That’s pretty up there if you’re watching alcohol content. Definitely not an issue for me. I’m a major fan of Butter Chardonnay! I’m so glad to know that Trader Joe’s sells this wine and now my wine friends can have access to it as well!