#WineWednesday: Prove Me Wrong Chardonnay

CrossbarnCrossbarn By Paul Hobbs Chardonnay
Price: $25
Year: 2013
Region: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
Retailer: Houston Merchant Wine (check online if you live outside of Houston)

So, I was originally going to review this red blend that I’m really feeling right now, but a friend recommended that I try this chardonnay that was without a doubt #WineWednesday worthy. I’ve never been a big fan of chardonnay. I find it to be very dry and high in acidity. The only time I really drink chardonnay is at happy hours because that’s typically the house wine that’s half off. But, at $25, I would have no problems paying full price for this wine!

Ty’s Takeaways…

Crossbarn By Paul Hobbs has definitely made a believer out of me that good chardonnay does exist! If you follow my winetasting tips from last week, you should be able to smell aromas of fruit, such as pear and apricots. I had the luxury of having this wine served in my friend’s new HOST Freeze Cooling Wine Glasses. Sidenote: These stemless glasses are the truth! Perfect for white wine. You just keep them cool in the freezer before serving. #bombdotcom


The chilled glass along with the chilled wine certainly made this chardonnay extremely refreshing. To my surprise, Crossbarn was not bitter like most chardonnays that I had tried before. Instead, I tasted lots of fruit flavors. Now let me make this clear…Crossbarn Chardonnay is NOT a dessert wine nor is it super fruity. It has subtle hints of fruit flavors that are not overwhelming. The flavors are nicely balanced.

Overall Rating: 4 Corks

Buzzworthy: Crossbarn Chardonnay contains 14.2 percent alcohol. Most chardonnays are 13-14.5 percent, so this brand is definitely in the right ballpark. Honestly, I don’t think this chardonnay is buzzworthy, even though it has higher alcohol content than The Doctors’ SB. I had two glasses and wasn’t feeling any type of way. Oh well, it’s still good and worth trying. Enjoy!

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