Calera 40th Anniversary Central Coast Chardonnay 2015
Wine EnthusiastAlthough the challenging vintage resulted in just a half-ton per acre of Chardonnay in this dry appellation (a third of its normal yield), this wine is fantastic. Flinty and smoky aromas lead to Gala apple, white peach and lemon peel on the nose, while the palate combines salt, grapefruit pith and seared apple flavors. A sharp line of acidity brings it all into balance.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2015 Chardonnay, which is labeled as the Fortieth Anniversary Vintage, has a ripe, yet classy and balanced style to go with lots of spiced orchard fruits, honeysuckle, and brioche aromas and flavors. It has beautifully sweet fruit, nicely integrated acidity and clean finish, all of which make it a smoking good Chardonnay that will drink nicely for 2-3 years.