2017 Chamisal Vineyards Monterey Chardonnay
91 points, Wine Advocate
Fruit for this wine hails from the Mistral Vineyard, located just north of San Lucas where the Salinas Valley narrows and the winds are at their most extreme. The Monterey bay winds funnel through this site, where the vineyard sits on a southwest facing bench. Vineyard aspect on a southwest-facing bench promotes ample ripeness balanced by cool winds funneled in from Monterey Bay.
This full-bodied wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics with aromas of toasted oak and crème brûlée. The entry is fruit driven with hints of lemon cream, Fuji apple, ripe pineapple and baked pear, leading to a rich and creamy mid-palate. Finishing clean with lingering acidity and broad texture, the wine is a beautiful example of Monterey County Chardonnay.