Charles & Charles Chardonnay Connects!

It was a hair thing.

His hair…

My hair…

His hair…

My hair…

I felt the connection.

So, I’ll be honest.  I picked up this bottle of Chardonnay because of our obvious hair connection.
Don’t judge me.

After all, it is estimated that up to 75% of wine shoppers buy their wine based on the label.

Hey, at least I didn’t buy a wine bottle with a cute kitten or puppy label! (Research shows that American wine consumers are 40% more likely to buy a wine with a cute animal on the label than a standard information-providing label.  Salon article by Steve Kalpan.)

 And, I already knew I liked this Chardonnay with its crisp, bright style.

The Charles & Charles label is a collaborative effort that began in 2008 between Charles Smith (K Vintners, Charles Smith Wine, curly haired man) and Charles Bieler (Three Thieves, The Show wines).  They produce just three wines each year, one being this Chardonnay.

The 100% Chardonnay grapes are primarily from select old vine vineyards in Washington State’s Columbia Valley, which add some nice concentration to the wine.  Grapes are fermented with just 20% new French oak.  The result is a Chardonnay with both finesse and boldness, showing layers of bright fruit.

The Chardonnay shows a pale yellow/slight gold color and offers aromas of tropical fruits, bananas, orange blossom and lemon.  These aromas are light, but layered and plentiful.  On the palate I found crisp apple, orange and tangerine with some lemon citrus as well.  There is just a hint of oak on the finish which finishes out with pleasing, lingering citrus.

In a way, it is a wine with pleasant contradiction—light body with bold flavors and aromas; rich mouth feel with lively, refreshing acidity.


The Charles & Charles Chardonnay was a delight on an early spring day!  I sat outside, sipped my wine, and let the wind blow through my unruly curls.


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