In the glass, a brilliant, deep straw color. With a swirl and a sniff, the nose transports the taster to a time 25 years in the past – a happy time, when winemakers delivered pleasing Chardonnays full of baked apple pie aromas (complete with buttery crust). Full, long, and palate-coating, this wine finishes with a big, wet kiss of buttered apples and baking spices. This is the archetypal profile of Chardonnay that made California famous, and with good reason.
MSRP: $30 (June 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90