Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Sanborn Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay, 2019

These days, Chardonnay is sold in two versions: oaked and unoaked. This wine, produced from grapes in the cool, foggy Santa Rita Hills near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara County, really doesn't fit either profile. At this price level ($7.99 at Trader Joes), any oak flavors or smells would come not from new oak barrels, which are expensive, but from oak chips. This wine, however, doesn't show any oak influence that I can identify.

Fairly deep yellow. Very intense smells and flavors--lemon curd, pears, nutmeg. Exciting level of acidity on the mid-palate and finish. This is my type of Chardonnay; in my opinion, it is several cuts above other inexpensive New World Chardonnays sold at Trader Joe's

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