A surprisingly deep, clear, yellow straw color in the glass. Butter and baking spices cloak ample ripe scents of orange and cream (think Dreamsickle), honeydew, baked apple, and ripe stone fruit. Despite the richness of the nose and the buttered fruit viscosity that spreads across the palate, there is a solid thread of juicy acidity that balances the wine. This is the best La Crema Chardonnay from Monterey that I’ve tasted in the past decade.
MSRP: $20 (May 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91