2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine bears his name. Very pale straw in hue — befitting a white wine that has seen no time in oak — it offers bright aromatics of wintergreen, lemon blossom, green apple and a hint of honey. It’s a medium-bodied wine that, because it’s “unoaked,” is quite food friendly.

MSRP:$25 (May 2015)

Wine Lines rating: 87

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