If you’ve been keeping up with the American wine industry in recent years, you probably have seen a fairly new wine region in California frequently mentioned. San Luis Obispo County in the Central Coast first started its rise to national prominence as a popular new place for a coastal retreat with its numerous bed and breakfast and Airbnbs focused on health and wellness, weekend getaways and clean living. Then, more recently, it began to pick up steam as a honeymoon destination, a beautiful quiet getaway with vineyards tucked between the mountain range and the coast.
Then in 2018, SLO started really being taken seriously as a wine destination, with three wines from the little known AVA landing on Wine Spectator’s top 100 wines of the year list. Accounting for less than 2% of California’s total wine production, it seemed like maybe it was just a fluke. That was until 2018 when San Luis Obispo earned 14(!) spots on Wine Spectator’s list of Top U.S. Chardonnay. The secret was out.
Of those placements, a winery with far and away the most praise just happens to be the same producer to whom we credit this killer 2018 Juliana Layla Chardonnay San Luis Obispo. You know the one. Unfortunately, we’re not at liberty to disclose their name, but you could absolutely connect the dots!
Juliana Layla Chardonnay continues to be one of our most requested reorders and for good reason. However, the 2018 even takes it up a notch. The 2018 Layla Chardonnay benefits from the cooling Pacific breeze which allows the grapes to mature in slow motion, extending the growing season by weeks, imparting an extreme depth of both aroma and flavor.
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San Luis Obispo is right on edge of where grapes get ripe but in the right hands, home to some of the most exciting examples of Chardonnay that I ever tasted. Juliana Layla Chardonnay is a lively, cool-climate wine, loaded with crisp green apple and pear fruit, kissed with just a touch new wood.
Perfect with light food such as raw and lightly cooked shellfish or a pan seared or grilled fish. A great compliment to pasta dishes as well.