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30% Off Unoaked California Chardonnay - A K&L Staff Favorite - 03/10/2017 - Chardonnay (domestic)

At 30% off its standard retail price, the 2013 Lincourt "Steel" is an outstanding value that’s a perfect find for those who enjoy a vivacious, expressive, fruit-driven style Chardonnay. Coming from the small, cool climate AVA of Sta. Rita Hills, this 2013 has all the components that make for a great spring and summer sipper. Packed to the brim with flavors of green apple, nectarine, and candied lemon it races from start to finish thanks to a solid core of acidity. When given a chance to open up its exotic side begins to emerge with kumquat and manila mango making an appearance. Not seeing any oak or malolactic fermentation is key to keeping this 2013 fresh and lively. You’ll find the Lincourt "Steel" elsewhere for $15, but we were able to negotiate a special discounted price of $9.99. This is a lot of wine for less than a Hamilton. If you were looking for a bottle for your next gathering or simply a weeknight sipper, this charmer more than fits the bill.

2013 Lincourt

2013 Lincourt "Steel" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Elsewhere $15) Price: Hidden

Connoisseurs Guide: " *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." (07/2015)

Wine Enthusiast: "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)" (10/2015)

Wine Spectator: "Clean and refreshing, with snappy lemon, grapefruit, green apple and pear flavors that are juicy, elegant and easy to enjoy. (JL)" (07/2015)

K&L Notes: 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)

Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 09, 2017

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 its too cheap, that there is no way that it can be good at that price point. Well Im here to say that we think that you shouldnt discriminate based on price because there is some serious substance in this Chardonnay. Dont overlook the little guys, the underdogs; if you do you might just be missing out on the best Chardonnay deal of 2017. <br>Orange blossom and a pure beam of Cantaloupe and Honeydew melon, bolstered by a leesy weight, ride high on the nose of this non-oaked stunner. Broad but that broadness comes from fruit ripeness rather than oak extraction this is packed full of pureed Jonagold apples, orange pith, fried plantains and hints of zestier citrus tones like tangerine and Clementine. Add in the fact that there is 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Gruner Veltliner and 2% Pinot Blanc in this wine and which add fruit complexity, minerality and a spice note to the wine and this is incredibly complex without oak or secondary fermentation. A value not to be missed.

Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

This Chardonnay is a no-brainer! The Lincourt no-oak Chard is clean and refreshing with aromatics of yellow fruit, white nectarine and melon. Throw in a surprisingly medium-bodied palate and a zippy tart finish and you have the perfect spring soiree wine!

Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 28, 2017

This wine is reminiscent of the success we enjoyed last year when we released the value-driven Alma Rosa Santa Barbara Chardonnay. It's totally unoaked, showing notes of grapefruit, yellow nectarine and Mandarin oranges. If you prefer linear styled whites and a touch of ripeness, this is a wine you should be buying by the case.

Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

While I love the amazing selection of value wines here at K&L I almost always go perusing through the offerings from France, New Zealand, or Spain hanks to our Direct Import program. So I was somewhat surprised and very pleased when I got to taste this $10 Chardonnay from Lincourt. The wine has a little fruit weight and showcases notes of white stone fruit and apples. There is no oak here so the acid come through really well, more balancing than bracing though and the finish is clean. All in all a perfect little white to throw into a party or drink on a Tuesday night.

Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 24, 2017

What can I say, this is incredible for the money. Fresh lemon peel and hits of sweet orange, first welcome you to the glass. The palate is clean and fresh and full of richness. Fresh herbs and bright lemon acid elevate this wine while the long finish leaves you wanting more. This might be one of the best $10 California Chardonnay's on the shelf. Cheers!

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 23, 2017

I love a good unoaked Chardonnay that's inexpensive and this certainly fits the bill. Lincourt's Steel Chardonnay is a happy medium between crisp and juicy with plenty of citrus, melon and peach. There is a great expression of Santa Rita Hills fruit that won't disappoint in the upcoming warmer months!