2014 Chardonnay

 
Consensus: Starting its downhill slide, but still worth drinking. But don’t tarry too long…
Les Garagistes Chardonnay
  • VINEYARD:
    Abbey Ridge Vineyard
  • pH AT BOTTLING: 3.52
  • ALCOHOL: 13.4%
  • In a lot of chardonnays, the lychee characteristic that kind of defines the varietal is masked by oak or ripeness. Here, it's center stage with some apple and maybe a little quince in there, too. Also unusual for chardonnay, you can taste the the plant and the earth – it's not a refined, purebred wine, but one that's somehow more real and down to earth. Some of this is because this vineyard is one of the best in the state, some of it is that we didn't put this in oak (I did a trial and it really dumbed the wine down). Long, lovely finish. I'm not a chardonnay drinker, but I've really warmed to this one. Drink now.