Saturday, July 21, 2012

SeaGlass Santa Barbara County Chardonnay, 2010

SeaGlass is a secondary label for Trinchero Family Vineyards that has shown up recently at discounted prices in southwest Michigan. Thinking of the movie, Sideways, which was filmed there, I was curious to see what Santa Barbara County has to offer as an appellation for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.

The color is a very deep lemon yellow. On the nose and palate, I get pineapple, white peaches and a well defined lemon peel acidity. There are some signs of new oak in the slight bitterness on the mid-palate, but generally this wine has the flavors of an unoaked Chardonnay from New Zealand. Good fruit intensity on the finish. At $10.99, this wine is a good value.

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