This just hit the spot tonight, as it was very well balanced. 25% New oak with only 10% malolactic, nonetheless this showed just the right amount of oak along with crisp (not searing) acidity with mineral and stone & tropical fruit notes. This paired well with chicken picatta.
This was the 7th bottle in a case. Previously, I characterized this one as a great value and a great sipping wine. This bottle was a real uptick. Also, it improved on the second night.....which I do not expect in a white wine. The bottle was more like the WA rating than my previous bottles.
Nice California Chardonnay. There was almost a bit too much oak, and I could see where some might not like this. For me there was enough fruit to balance everything. Could benefit from 2 more years in the bottle.
Bright and flashy, this is a definitive new world chardonnay. There are tropical fruits some strong lemon flavors and a sweet flavor going on (cotton candy); not too buttery or oaky. A nice wine but at the ~$20USD price point I paid, I can think of a few other wines I'd sooner have.
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(Dierberg Chardonnay) Very slightly cloudy lemon yellow color; appealing, tart lemon, quince, preserved lemon nose; tart quince, lime, mineral palate with medium acidity; needs 1-plus year and should age nicely; medium-plus finish 90+ points (14.5% alcohol; 25% new oak; 10 mos in barrel, 4 mos in steel, on lees)