2016 Truchard Vineyards Chardonnay
While one of the most popular white wines in the world, I feel like Chardonnay has become a little more forgotten with the popularity of Moscato and Riesling continually on the rise in most areas. Why is that? Because, frankly a lot of Chardonnay is very similar in taste and presentation. There typically isn't a lot going on that makes you get excited. But the 2016 Truchard Vineyards Chardonnay is a real head turner and one that will re-kindle your love for this varietal. This Chardonnay, while spending time in oak, is nice and bright in the nose and in the mouth. Pear, pineapple and toasted brioche are what I picked up on primarily in the glass. In the mouth were some lovely flavors of lemon pie, baking spices, fresh cut apple and a finish that was clean and refreshing with a mineral presence. The wine is absolutely delightful and a change from many heavy Chardonnay that are on the market. Don't get me wrong. I love a heavily oaked Chardonnay as much as the next person, but as we head into Spring and you're looking for something to share with friends over a wedge salad or pasta salad on the deck, this would be your choice and I would serve is moderately chilled. You can't go wrong here!
Carneros, Napa Valley, California
Suggested retail price: $30.00
Drink The Bottles score: 91/100