2017 Brea Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay

SKU #1402779 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 There are compelling aromas of chalk and clay on the nose of this appellation blend, along with bright scents of lime zest, grapefruit peel and butter. The palate is bolstered by lemony acidity and the fleshy mouthfeel delivers flavors of nectarine, Asian pear and more clay. *Editors' Choice* (MK)  (4/2019)

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Price: $15.95

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By: Andrew Tobin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2019 | Send Email
The 2017 Brea SLH Chardonnay is a whole lot of wine for $17. Not only is it biodynamic, so as natural of a production as you can find, it's from an AVA that has made a name for itself by growing incredibly balanced, and honest Chardonnay. The nose is bright, with notes of apple, honeydew, honeysuckle, lemon, and lime zest. the palate is equally complex, with the addition of some white apple blossom, and the perfect hint of butter on the tail end, solidifying this as truly Californian. This is a wine that should please any fan of California Chardonnay, without that butter bomb that can sometimes plague the style. Bright enough to handle food, and soft enough to be drunk on it's own, this is a bottle you can't afford to pass by!

By: Jeffrey Markavage | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2019 | Send Email
If you’re looking for a hippie-dippy wine for your vegan friend living in Santa Cruz, then look no further.. Organic, Biodynamic, Natural, less than 10 PPM Sulfur, you get the idea.. Having said that, the 2017 Brea Chardonnay is an awesome wine that everyone will appreciate. The 17 comes from La Estancia Vineyard within the Santa Lucia Highlands and uses vines planted in the early 1970’s. This wine presents unique aromatics of aloe, honeydew melon and cucumber. Lively acidity, fleshy mouthfeel, good times. I guarantee this is one of the best 15$ wines you’re going to find from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Snag a few!

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.