2004 Carmel Road Chardonnay Monterey County California. 14.2 % alcohol. $16.00 at Endless Vine in Franklin Lakes.
Light yellow color, light hue, lovely aromas of peaches and lemons, excellent tastes of citrus and pears, with an underlying impression of minerals, just a hint of oak, good acidity, firm finish with mineral and nutty notes. This is certainly not a typical California Chardonnay. 4*.
The vineyards lie within the Salinas Valley of Monterey County, one of the coolest growing regions in all of California.
"This year offers a beautiful nose of ripe lemon sorbet and notes of white peach and lilac. The palate is very soft, the wine just melts in your mouth, there,s not a single hard edge. Citrus and pear flavors are most forward with a bit of orange blossom while minerality and a light nutty character highlight the finish." - Ivan Giotenov, Winemaker