Wine Spots Monterey Chardonnay has crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit, hallmarks of Monterey. Clean toasty notes of sweet oak and vanilla lead to a lively finish. Barrel-fermented in small, French oak barrels and aged sur lie for 12 months.
Monterey, located along the central coast of California, benefits from the Pacific Ocean's morning fog and cool winds. The cool-climate marine influence creates one of the world's longest growing seasons, ideal for producing Chardonnay wines full of character and balanced acidity.
Food Pairings: Enjoy with chicken, pasta dishes with a cream sauce, salmon, seafood and mild cheeses.
Silver Medal - 2011 San Diego International Wine Competition
Rich & Creamy
I'm usually not a big chardonnay fan, so I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. Love the tropical fruit with hints of vanilla. Served this at a wine and cheese party. It was quite popular. Paired well with milder cheeses and light hors d'oeuvres.
This was a much sharper wine than I was expecting - not a whole lot of butter or oak. It has the depth you expect in a Chardonnay but other than that, it's just your basic white.