In a nutshell: Very versatile and appealing Californian Chardonnday with the merest hint of an oaky character.
The lowdown: Unfurling itself with a symphony of orchard fruits, this is very much a modern Californian Chardonnay. On the nose there is an appealing salinity over toasted hazelnut aromas while on the palate there is a stone fruit and struck match structure to it that lends it a gentle minerality. With just 20% of the blend given 6 months in oak the smidgen of toastiness complements it very nicely indeed.
The vineyards for this are in Monterey, California's Central Coast region which has its own AVA, San Bernabe. It sits next to a chain of hills separating it from the Pacific coast where the fruit benefits from the cooler evenings helping to maintain natural freshness to the ripening grapes and hence the finished wine.
When to drink: A wine that's equally at home as an aperitif or paired dishes like buttery chicken, pork tenderlion or a mushroom stroganoff.