Bonterra Mendocino County Chardonnay 2016 – $18,55. Organic balance at a great price.
We have something very cool here, for real. Located in Northern California, Mendocino County is the United States leader in organic viticulture (this one being an organic wine too, btw). So there is some cool sustainable and great tasting stuff happening there. Also, wines tend not to be too expensive the since the reputation of the County is not yet as established as, say, Napa or Sonoma. This Chardonnay surprises from the start by the fact that it fits very well between the heavy buttered-up Cali Chard stereotype and the brighter/zesty new school kind. On the nose, this opens up with fine lemon curd that is neither too sweet nor creamy, and quickly evolves into more floral and honeyed notes that blend very well. On the palate, you definitely get the vanilla and buttered toast you’d expect, but it is very well balanced by the bright lemony zing and rich bruised apple notes the wine also shows. In short, I was expecting an overly-toasted, industrial piece of sh*t and got a very nicely crafted and elegant white instead. This actually has most things i like in wines often costing 3-4x the price, so I’ll give it an extra half star due to the redonkulous value this provides in the Cali style. Yup… I’m just as surprised as you are!
SAQ Link: Bonterra Mendocino County Chardonnay 2016 – $18.55.
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