2008 Acre Chardonnay

This Chardonnay is nicely balanced and smooth with a medium, creamy finish.

Nobody likes being called cheap: It’s gauche. Anybody can buy inexpensive stuff cheaply, which is why Wal-Mart is the largest retail company in the world. My wife, on the other hand, is a value-oriented consumer, which means she buys good stuff, cheaply. That’s a talent.

I’ve tried to employ her same tactics at the liquor store—but with very mixed results. Because there are so many brands, it’s hard to know which stores are selling wine cheaply and which ones are selling cheap wines. This is further complicated by the fact that Pennsylvania is a controlled state, where competition at the liquor store is noticeably absent. The discounted price is displayed prominently, but one must ponder: Discounted from what?

Needless to say, I was extremely skeptical when I saw the 2008 Acre Chardonnay, a new Chairman’s Selection, listed at $6.99. I whipped out a $10 bill and walked out with a bottle (plus $3 in change). How is it? It’s good … darn good. There’s tropical fruit, citrus and just a hint of oak in the nose. It’s nicely balanced and smooth with a medium, creamy finish. This is an impressive first vintage. I think I’ll try their Cabernet next.

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