Unoaked Chards, for whatever reason, seem to be a rarity in California. Of course you can find great ones throughout Burgundy like our perennial favorite, Talmard Macon Uchizy, but in the U.S.? Few and far between.
I guess this one: Few and far between.
This wine is absolutely killer. I’m certain this is going to be a big hit with the Clos Julien crowd and others too. I got this one from the Upper Russian River Valley from a 400-acre ranch in Mendocino at Saracina winery. The wines at Saracina have always been exceptional values ever since David Ramey took on the project as a consultant back in the mid-2000’s.
What sets this apart is the attention to detail… the aromas and bright fruit up front, followed by crisp acidity that winds it tightly together – it’s a racy, energetic unoaked Chardonnay.
Released at $24/btl, you can find it online for as low as $19.99. But after I took all 40 cases left in the country we have an incredible price while the bottles last. Three scores of 90 points or higher (featured below), including a rave 91-point review from Wine Enthusiast who called the wine “nuanced and complex”.
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91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
This medium-bodied wine is graceful and well balanced, offering crisp lemon and green-apple flavors on a rather lean, tangy texture. It is nuanced and complex, and has a nice tension from tantalizing acidity.
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Well-structured, with a savory snap to the fresh-cut green apple, Asian pear and preserved lemon flavors, ending with hints of honeysuckle on the crisp, savory finish. Drink now through 2023.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Outstanding notes of pear, citrus, and orchard fruits as well as a kiss of minerality emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay Unoaked, which comes all from estate fruit in Mendocino and was brought up all in tank. Drink this medium-bodied, balanced, charming white over the coming year or two. It’s another notable value.