Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014
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|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
|Brand||Patz & Hall|
Crafted from a range of vineyards, including Gap's Crown and some new sites in this vintage, this lovely, well-made and balanced wine is made in larger quantities than the producer's vineyard-designates and is enjoyable young. Creamy and full bodied at first, it evolves into cohesive flavors of baked pear, toasted almond and lemon-lime.
The 2014 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast has a greenish hue, always a good sign as it seems to suggest chlorophyll and healthy grapes. The wine has hints of subtle pineapple, honeysuckle, green apple skin and citrus oil. It is medium-bodied and refreshing, with terrific fruit purity and a ripe, medium to full-bodied palate with zesty acidity. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
Leaning a little too heavily on tart grapefruit flavors, this nonetheless represents a style well-suited for oysters, unfolding to reveal a core of white peach. Drink now. 13,500 cases made.