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2017 Chamisal Chardonnay "Stainless"

Chamisal 2017 Stainless Chardonnay

Winery: Chamisal

Vintage: 2017

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Stainless"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Central Coast

State or country: CA

Price: $18

Cases produced: 9,000

KWG Score: 90 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: May 10, 2020

Wine Review: With a color of spun gold, this Chardonnay has earthy, spring herb garden aromas like lemongrass and cat mint. On the palate, the wine is medium-plus in body with jackfruit, fig and green melon flavors. There are also mild notes of marzipan, candied ginger and baking spices. There is generous mineral content and jaunty acidity, but the wine overall is well-balanced, savory and mellow. Consider pairing with lightly pan-fried tilapia fillets topped with a piccata sauce. – Jeoff

Winemaker Notes: This complex wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics with aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh Gala apples, pear and candied lemon. The palate has a weight that belies its unoaked status with a rich entry of fresh citrus fruit that leads into secondary aromas of fig and mineral. Finishing clean and crisp with lingering acidity, the wine is fresh and vivacious with a dense mid-palate. This vintage proves that with the right grapes and winemaking, Chardonnay does not need oak or malolactic fermentation to shine.

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