Finally a new wine in the market to try and to review. We stopped at a little store near our house on the way home from my little girl's victorious soccer game and picked this one up. The 2006 Hob Nob Chardonnay appears like most California chardonnay bottles and that's exactly what the French want us to think. This California-sounding and looking wine is actually a product of France. No problem as far as I'm concerned because if it had been packaged as a fancy french white I probably would have had to pay more. After chilling this for awhile I poured a glass and noted a light-to-medium golden color in the glass. A few swirls later and my nose was treated to lemon, citrus, hazelnut and an overwhelming smell of "freshness" for lack of a better term. On the tongue I noted apple, just the right amount of oak and just a hint of honey. A smooth, velvety finish made for a nice glass of white. I gave this one 4 Corkscrews based on its great taste and just as important, its great price of $8.99 bottle. This may not have hit your market yet but ask your local retailer to source it for you as it is well worth it. I would have awarded 5 Corkscrews but a slight, very, very slight, after bite was present that kept it from achieving the highest rating.
On another note, I've come across a great wine accessories site that I'm going to post about this weekend after I finish testing one of their really unique products. Just in time for all your holiday giving. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!