2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
In the glass: Deep golden color
Aroma: Honeysuckle, citrus and tropical fruit
In the mouth: Crisp, refreshing entry with citrus flavors and round mouth feel, a little brioche and vanilla highlights the honeysuckle flavors
Finish: Nice long floral and citrus finish, with just a hint of vanilla and oak at the end
Note: This is my take on a Chablis, made with California fruit. It was fermented in neutral oak barrels to give it the roundness and viscosity you expect in a California Chardonnay, without the toasty, oaky flavors. It has not gone through malolactic fermentation, so it has a crispness reminiscent of French Chablis.