By: David Driscoll
K&L Staff Member
This is the best all-around California Chardonnay we've offered for less than $20 since the Napa Cellars editions back in 2010. It's not flashy, or over the top, just classically round and fruit-forward Carneros style white wine for a great price. The 2014 Clos du Val isn't a super malolactic, buttery style by any means, but it still scratches that itch if that's what you're after. Those who like less oak will still want to give this a whirl. There's still a freshness to the acidity, but it straddles that middle of the road line quite wonderfully. If you like the richer Chardonnays of Napa, but don't feel like shelling out $30-$50 on a weeknight, this is a simpler, Wednesday night version that still delivers quality. It's your one-stop shopping Chardonnay for a nice little discount. Clos du Val was one of the original producers that partook in the 1976 Judgment of Paris, so the pedigree here is sound and they've been farming their estate Carneros vineyard for forty years. It's not often we see a wine with that type of history at this price point.