(2018) From coastal-influenced vineyards near San Luis Obispo, this is quite a buttery and ripe, 'golden' Chardonnay that's not shy on creamy oak or fruit. The palate is creamy too, lots of texture and citrus fruit moving into more tropical, pineapple and mango tones, then decent acidity to harness any excess and leave the finish clean and medium-crisp.
(2018) Sourced from cooler coastal vineyards, the nutty and toasty aroma of oak is there, but so too is a fresh, cool orchard fruit and citrus rather than anything overtly tropical. Bone dry on the palate, this is a really good example of the 'new Chardonnay' from the sunny Californian vineyards, with masses of pithy acidity and zesty fruit flavour just buttressed by creamy and nutty oak.
(2015) Don't let the name or indeed the grape fool you: this is California does Italy, the wine from Lodi producer l'Uvaggio di Giacomo, who are obsessed with Italian varieties and also bottle Primitivo, Barbera and Moscato. There's a touch of waxiness on the nose - maybe like waxy lime peel - with a pleasing leafy green herb note and plenty of freshness. In the mouth it bursts with ripe and vivacious flavour, a touch of pepper and spice and plenty of crunch as well as hints of sweet smoky mango and lychee. Long, with a really fresh grapefruit and orange tang of acidity and only 12.5% alcohol, this really is a delight.
(2011) A wine from Salinas in Monterey, California, there's a lot of pineapple chunk ripeness and creamy toast on the nose of this wine which I'd guess had seen some oak. On teh palate it is full of mango and peachy, nectarine-like tropical fruit that is deliciously rich and moreish, with a little lemongrass, herbal but citrussy note and a great wallop of grapefruity acidity leaving the palate very dry in the finish. A big, powerhouse style of Sauvignon this, somewhere bewteen Graves and Marlborough, but with a bit of Californian ripeness and weight thrown in.
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