2009 Pomar Junction Picnic Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, California

Another one of the wines from the canvas series produced by Pomar Junction Vineyard, the Pomar Junction Picnic Chardonnay exhibits classic unoaked crisp clean flavors that come from a wine that has not seen malolactic fermentation. By foregoing a secondary fermentation and wood aging this style of chardonnay retains a lot more of the true fruit flavors this grape has to offer. The aromas are fresh ripe apple and a hint of roasted almond. There is a nice amount of key lime on the palate mixed with lemon zest and ripe pear as well. The wine has a texturally pleasing feel to it when it is in your mouth and the acidity is balanced. This wine will pair well with cold fried chicken, peel and eat shrimp boil and good cheese plate candidates would be aged cheddar with ripe pears or apples.

Rating: Very Good (87) | $15 | 13.9% ABV