Carol Shelton "Wild Thing" Chardonnay Sonoma County 2015

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Sonoma County

Varietal   Chardonnay

Retail Price   $18

ABV   13.7%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, light green/yellow color.

Aromatics

The nose is moderately intense offering scents of honeysuckle, lychee, and pear with supporting notes of kiwi and lemon curd.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a green fruit-driven core with flavors of minerals and flowers. The finish is crisp with a dose of citrus zest.

Intensity & Texture

Medium-bodied and nicely balanced with a vibrant texture.

Cool Factor

B

No new ground is broken here as soft, fruity California Chardonnay is found anywhere where beverages are sold.

Value Grade

C

At $18 a bottle there is serious competition in this category.

Analysis

Half of this wine is fermented in barrel with a majority being neutral French oak while the other half is fermented in stainless steel. It's 100% Chardonnay from Sonoma County with a large portion from the Dry Creek appellation. It is tailor-made for lovers of California Chardonnay.

How to Enjoy

Enjoy chilled with nothing but a glass while it's great with roasted fowl.

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