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Reply to "Unopened Chardonnay still good?"

I'll answer Tiffany, who, as a novice asked for advice. Instead she received wine snobbery.

Tiffany, the Woodbridge wines are simple wines, generally enjoyed by the masses, but not highly regarded by wine afficianados. They are good, mass produced wines, meant for everyday enjoyment. As a novice, you could learn about varietal characteristics, enjoy them with a meal and they won't cost you much money.

However, the wine you have is a 1997 Chardonnay. The wine was released in 1998 and started to turn brown and lose all its fruit by 2000. (This would apply to most California chards, from any vintage- enjoy them in the first years.) That wine should have been drunk 5+ years ago to be any good. It is way past its usefulness now and should be thrown away.
Last edited by ilduce
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