You won’t find many Chardonnays in the New World that are this crisp — even from the cooler growing regions. But this one, clear straw in hue, is exceptional. The nose offers up crisp aromatics of lime and orange, sharp stone fruit, and a limestone minerality. Aged in older Burgundy barrels, with only 20% of the juice undergoing malolactic fermentation, this is as close as you’ll get to a fine Chablis in a glass without traveling to France. Surprisingly round and balanced in the mouth, there is ample sweet-tart fruit that stays juicy through to the finish. Pair with all manner of shellfish, or poach a salmon filet in white wine with lime juice.
MSRP: $35 (June 2012)
Wine Lines rating: 90