I first had Forman Chardonnay at Dine restaurant in San Francisco with a whole pack of Japanese colleagues who were starry eyed about California wine. The Forman that we ordered them to go with their crab cakes only encouraged their obsession.
Since then I have had Forman Chardonnay only on a couple of occasions, and each time I have enjoyed it. Those who are looking for a classic oaky and buttered California Chardonnay may want to steer clear, however, because Ric Forman makes his wines more in a European style. His Chardonnays in particular are much more mineral and citrus infused than one would expect. He uses no Malolactic fermentation, and relies on the interaction between the natural acids in his grapes and the characteristics of his barrells, just like the good old boys in Chablis. I, however, find that these more acidic characteristics make the wines much more enjoyable with a wider variety of food.
The wine pours as pale straw into the glass, but yellow enough to know that it is a Chardonnay. The nose is strong and tart with aromas of unripe yellow plums, kiwi, and pears. The body merges a bartlett pear and pinapple flavor to create a cool, juicy, slightly tropical fruit flavor that is modulated with mild oak and toasted bread notes. The finish is clean and medium in length.
This is one of the few California Chardonnays that I would pair with the classic French escargots, or for those who find it easier to find and clean Mussels rather than snails, I'd recommend moules au beurre d'escargots.
Overall Score: 9
How Much?: $32
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.
Tallying the Damage from the Napa Quake Vinography Images: A Sea of Blue Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 14, 2014 The Taste of Something New: Introducing Solminer Wines Vinography Images: Swift Work Social Media Answers the Question: Where Did Australian Wine Go Wrong Hourglass, Napa Valley: Current and Upcoming Releases Drought Problems? Just Have an Earthquake Vinography Images: Just One Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 1, 2014
Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 KirÃ¡lyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy