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1996 Biltmore Estate Chateau Reserve Chardonnay

Unfortunately this wine is past it's prime.  With multiple relocations over the past years and storage arrangements that were less-than ideal for encouraging wine consumption this one simply fell through the cracks.  From my original tasting I recall a pleasant floral nose and a subtle buttery finish that seemed to linger forever.  As I've stated previously, I'm not a huge fan of over-oaked, "Land-O-Lakes" buttery chardonnay, but this one was distinct enough to merit inclusion in my early collection.  After 8 years it's harsh and sharp with few of the redeeming qualities that I recall.  This is certainly no fault of the wine, it was meant to be enjoyed many years ago, but at least I learned a lesson.  Now I'm off to quaff all the whites in the cooler that are more than 4 or 5 years old...

Notes:

If you stumble across this anywhere I recommend passing on it.  I give it 3/10 because it's only nearly, as opposed to completely, undrinkable.  On the other hand, if you find a bottle less than 5 or 6 years old it should provide a pleasant experience for all but the most adamant ABC crowd.