Chardonnay from anywhere except for Burgundy, the Sonoma Coast or Santa Barbara County is rarely compelling. Sure, the grape grows everywhere but I can count the inspiring ones sourced from outside those big three appellations on one hand. But when winemaker Sergio Germano pours you a glass of his electric Italian Langhe Chardonnay, you pay attention to his wine and to him.
First off, Sergio goes about 6’3”, 235 so making fun of anything of his is not a great idea. But more importantly, his rendition of Chardonnay is nothing short of delicious. Crafted from 25-35 year old vines rooted in limestone soil just outside the zone of Barolo, the wine is high toned and fresh, loaded with green apple, lemon-zest, and orange-blossom aromas and flavors. It’s a great choice for a house Chard, and it’s completely organic– a perfect compliment with spring cuisine.