This wine is recommended among a selection of Chardonnays in our September 16, 2019 newsletter: "The Golden Era of Golden State Chardonnay." K&L Domestic wine buyer Ryan Woodhouse says: "California Chardonnay continues to be dogged by the stereotype that it is invariably big, rich, buttery, and oaky. However, this is a long way from the truth. In fact, there are so many precise, focused, restrained examples of the variety being produced right now, that when I’m asked by someone for a big, buttery style, I have to think hard about what I’m going to recommend! I would guess that bright, balanced, judiciously oaked California Chardonnays outnumber oaky butter bombs on our shelves five to one. Even brands that have long been made in that richer style have, by and large, dialed down the ripeness, new oak, and diacetyl ('butter flavor'), and are now making wines with more acidity and verve."
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By: Ryan Woodhouse
K&L Staff Member
From Ian Brand, SF Chronicle’s “Winemaker of the Year” 2018. From the western foothills of the Gabilan Mountains, planted in iron rich, decomposed granite soils, this very expressive, flavorful wine also has precise acidity that keeps the whole thing on a knife edge. Exceptional value. Don’t miss this one.
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