2013 Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $14)

SKU #1268272 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Tart aromas of sour cream, yogurt, candied lime and pressed quince show on the nose of this stylishly structured Chardonnay. The palate carries the theme forward, with pithy pink grapefruit notes, lime ade and brie rinds, showing firm tension on the tongue and bound-up energy that will keep this bottle alive for years. (MK)  (2/2016)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
​This chardonnay is one heck of a steal! Zaca Mesa has always been a Santa Barbara go to for their whites due to their zesty, lifted palates and bright acidity on the finish. This chardonnay fits that bill. Crunchy citrus notes of lime and grapefruit pith are up front on the nose with a lively yet silky texture. For all those acid zunkies out there who've written off Cali chards, this is the wine that will rebuild your faith that local chardonnays aren't just a big, gooey bomb full of oak and butter!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
Actually, a pretty nice little Chardonnay! It shows a rich, round mouth-feel upfront and is followed by lots of "Chablis-like" characteristics in the back - very fresh, crisp acidity and mineral driven fruit. This is not a heavy, buttery Chardonnay so for the summertime this is a great pick. For under $10 this is a steal!
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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2016 | Send Email
Citrusy, ever so slightly tropical with the faintest hint of oak and a clean finish thanks to 60% aging in stainless steel, the crisp Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Chardonnay is the perfect summertime quencher from a classic Santa Barbara producer. I enjoyed this delicious, balanced Chard from the very first sip, but what I may appreciate even more is the price. Barely ten bucks?! Be prepared to fool your friends and toast with this local stunner all season long.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5