2013 Lincourt "Steel" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Elsewhere $15)
*One Star, Good Value* No matter that this unoaked bottling treds a direct, green apple line with few complex adjuncts in its makeup, such is the way of Chardonnays of its ilk, and this one makes a pretty good stab at capturing lively, somewhat juicy fruit. There is a not unexpected bit of fresh, slightly candied fruit here and little in the way of the rich, buttery side of the variety to be sure. Yet, all in all, this wine is both easy to take and easy on the wallet.
This stainless-steel take shows lime juice, golden apples and white pepper on the lean but ever-so-slightly warm nose. The palate is driven by a citrusy bitterness, showing tangerine peels and more squeezed lime throughout. (MK)
Clean and refreshing, with snappy lemon, grapefruit, green apple and pear flavors that are juicy, elegant and easy to enjoy. (JL)
Ten bucks. That is all. Just $10 gets you this tasty little non-oaked Chardonnay from one of the premiere appellations of the Central Coast of California. Some of you may think it's too "cheap," that there is no way that it can be good at that price point. Well I'm here to say that we think that you shouldn't discriminate based on price because there is some serious substance in this Chardonnay. Don't overlook the little guys, the underdogs; if you do you might just be missing out on the best Chardonnay deal of 2017. (Bryan Brick, K&L)