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2016 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay (Elsewhere $22)

SKU #1392867 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 The nose of this wine is sharp and precise in tones of chalk, tangerine cream, dried lemon and crushed nuts. There's a strong mineral quality through the entire palate that accents flavors of lemon juice and yellow pear. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (12/2018)

90 points Vinous

 The 2016 Chardonnay (Central Coast) is absolutely delicious, not to mention one of the very finest values readers will find in California Chardonnay. Orchard fruit, floral and chamomile notes are beautifully woven together, with gentle tropical inflections that add character throughout. (AG)  (8/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Vibrant and inviting, this wine captures the essence of Chardonnay grown on the cool, windswept Central Coast. Aromas of jasmine, vanilla bean and passion fruit rise from the glass revealing this wine’s youthful charm. On the beautifully fruit-driven palate, layers of green apple, grapefruit and pineapple are framed by subtle oak and a refreshing acidity that carry the flavors to a bright, focused finish."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2020 | Send Email
The best value we have in Domestic Chardonnay, period. Calera has incredible pedigree in winemaking and vineyard sources. Take this bottle for example; it is comprised of fruit from Bien Nacido, Talley Rincon, Sierra Madre and many more top notch vineyards throughout the central coast. These vineyards are highly sought after and typically reserved for high-end, $40-$50 single vineyard bottlings! The wine has power and richness but also bright, mineral accented acidity and beautiful length on the palate. Flavors of baked orchard fruit, peach cobbler, toasted bread, barley flour and hazelnut. Broad, rich and flavorful but underpinned by brisk, saline, coastal climate acidity. This drinks WAY beyond our national low price point and is definitely one to stock up on if you enjoy a great bottle of Chardonnay at an everyday price point.
Top Value!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/18/2020 | Send Email
Incredible for the dollar, this is a round but not too rich chardonnay that just gets a hint of that classic California weight. Golden apple and crisp white minerality is wrapped up nicely by the touch of new oak that is keyed into on the finish. Again, an incredible value that is ridiculously good for the price.

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