Caraccioli Cellars Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2013

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Varietal: Chardonnay
Sub-Region: Santa Lucia Highlands
Region: Central Coast
Color: White
Country/State: California
This outstanding, Burgundy-style, small batch Chardonnay goes for $30 at the winery. We're blowing it out for half that amount!
91 Our Score (3/2018) The Caraccioli family has been farming row crops in and above the Salinas Valley for over 50 years. In 2006, they decided to get into the wine business and - because their cool climate, high elevation vines yielded such amazing acidity - decided to focus on sparkling wines. Each year, however, they bottle a few hundred cases of still Chardonnay. Though it comes from the Central Coast of California, this bone-dry Chardonnay tastes more like a Chassagne-Montrachet, and it is simply outstanding! Sourced from 34-year-old vines grown in sandy-loam soils, it was fermented in stainless steel then moved to French oak, 25% of which was new. Because the Caraccioli family is not interested in overt new oak flavors, the wine only spent a few months in barrel. The first thing you'll notice when you taste this wine is the intense acidity and minerality, followed immediately by a complex array of citrus and orchard fruit flavors with slight suggestions of honey and almond. The wine finishes with long, nervy, electric acidity, making it a perfect choice alongside oysters, spicy Thai soups, sushi, roast chicken or pasta with cream sauces.
$
1499
750 ML
Available:
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