Maker: Oak Leaf Vineyards, Ripon, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.3 out of 10
Oak Leaf Chardonnay is another ultra-inexpensive wine designed to take on Two Buck Chuck. Surprisingly, perhaps, it's quite drinkable, even if undistinguished. The nose is mild, with sliced green apples and oak. On the palate, there's more oak than fruit, with weak pear and apple notes. This Chardonnay is saved from failure by having a spicy finish with an acidic bite. The finish is pleasantly long.
This wine is sold through Wal-Mart. I've had comments from visitors who have see Oak Leaf wines as cheap as $2. For the price, Oak Leaf Chardonnay is an exceptional value. It may not be what you take to your boss's house party, but if you need to throw a dozen bottles of white wine in a tub of ice at your family picnic, you could do a lot worse than Oak Leaf Chardonnay.