by Fred McMillin
for March 25, 1997

Age Your Chardonnay

Prologue: Wine improves with age. The older I get, the more I like it.

The Rest of the Story: We all hear that substantial red wines improve with age. Well, Chardonnays (white) can be substantial, too. Can they improve with a few years in a cool cellar? My Fort Mason students say "Yes"! The latest example was a 1992 California Chardonnay. In a blind tasting against nine, similarly-priced, younger competitors, the '92 was voted Best of the Whites. Now, a light gold color, it clearly was more mellow and fuller-flavored than in its youth. I'd suggest you purchase two bottles of winemaker Victor Hugo Roberts' latest Chardonnay. Drink one now, and one two years later to check out the effects of Father Time. Oh yes, the winery...

1992 Estate-Bottled Chardonnay, Appellation—Paso Robles
Creston Vineyards
Calf Canyon Highway, east of San Luis Obispo, CA
$10 several years ago
Category: Recommended

Postscript: The Name Game *Whence Creston winemaker's name Victor Hugo Roberts? Well, his mother taught literature and especially admired the works of the famous French author.

*Who was the leader of the group that founded Creston in 1981? It was Christina Crawford. You may have heard of her mother, Joan. A more recent major investor is another familiar name, none other than 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek.

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.

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