J. Wilkes Chardonnay 2015
Color: Medium gold with excellent clarity. Aromatics: Orange blossoms wafting near toasting French oak staves, savory apple and lime zest, browned butter and brulee, clean ocean breeze, hints of tropical fruit (guava/pineapple), complex and surprisingly integrated for such a young Chardonnay. Palate: Apple crème brulee, lime zest and citrus blossom, rich with a flavor akin to pears poached in butter. Firm acid, quite dry, but supported by a good dollop of fruity and oak-toasted richness. Slightly leaner style than 2013, but with enough malolactic and oak treatment to leave no doubt this is a crafty and deliciously balanced Chardonnay. Food Pairing: Sole, halibut, seabass or any white fish poached, grilled or sautéed with a beurre-blanc sauce. Dungeness crab with garlic butter, diver scallop, Caesar salad or ripe avocado sliced thin with ponzu and a pinch of sea salt. Santa Barbara Channel Uni (urchin) so esh it's still twitching on the plate. Carnitas tacos on esh tortillas with tomatillo salsa and a slice of grilled pineapple.
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
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