2014 Matanzas Creek Chardonnay, Sonoma County

A brilliant straw color in the glass. Wood scents of smoke and vanilla join with butter notes from full malolactic fermentation to neatly frame the plump peach, sweet lemon, and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. Quite mouth-filling, it has a juicy acid underpinning. The flavors follow through to a lingering fruit cobbler finish.
In the mid-1980s, a lush, buttery style of Chardonnay from California took the wine world by storm. Matanzas Creek was in the vanguard of this Chardonnay revolution. Fast-forward 30 years, and nothing has changed – and that’s a good thing.
A great sipper on its own, it can also pair well with cream and butter-based entrées.
MSRP: $26 (August 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 90

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