Tasted blind, I'm not sure I would identify this as a Chardonnay. It's from the cool climate of the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County, and it's probably closer to French Chablis than California Chardonnay in personality. I like it, and it's a fantastic bargain at $7.99 from Trader Joe's.
Medium deep yellow. Meyer lemon, tart pears, flowers and even some tropical fruits. Intense flavors; has the briskness of a good Sauvignon Blanc and even some passion fruit flavors that linger.
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