2008 Jean León Chardonnay Penedès Rosaleda, Catalunya, Spain

Despite being labeled Chardonnay, this wine is a blend of Chardonnay (60%) and Xarello (40%).  Xarello is a blending grape used to produce the Spanish sparkling wine Cava.

I pulled the cork (or in this case, unscrewed the cap) on this wine before a tasting party The Rib and I hosted so we would have something to offer guests as they arrived.  The nose had some nice pineapple, citrus, and lemongrass.  On the palate, the pineapple came through nicely and brought some lemon zest along for good measure.  As the wine warmed a bit, there were some sweet, almost toasted, honey notes on the palate.  This wine had a good, well-balanced acid on it, as well.

The Jean León would be an ideal white wine to have available during a party.  I could also see sitting on the patio on a lazy Saturday afternoon with this wine.  This crisp white blend should pair nicely with lighter fare—particularly entrée salads and seafood dishes.  I wouldn’t exactly accuse the Jean León of being the best white I’ve ever had, but it is more than serviceable—good even—especially for the $11 price tag.

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