2015 J. Wilkes Chardonnay
Santa Maria Valley
Appearance: Medium gold with excellent clarity.
Aromatics: Savory apple and lime zest, browned butter and brulee, clean ocean breeze, hints of tropical fruit (guava/pineapple), complex and surprisingly integrated for such a young Chardonnay.
Palate: Apple créme brulee, lime zest and citrus blossom, rich with a flavor akin to pears poached in butter. Firm acid, quite dry, but supported by a good dollop of fruity and oak - toasted richness. Slightly leaner style than 2013, but with enough malolactic and oak treatment to leave no doubt this is a crafty and deliciouslly balanced Chardonnay.
Food Pairing: Sole, halibut, seabass or any white fish poached, grilled or sautéed with a beurre-blanc sauce. Dungeness crab with garlic butter, diver scallop, Caesar salad or ripe avocado sliced thin with ponzu and a pinch of sea salt. Santa Barbara Channel Uni (urchin) so fresh it’s still twitching on the plate. Carnitas tacos on fresh tortillas with tomatillo salsa and a slice of grilled pineapple.
Aging: Ready to drink now but will become a little more complex, mineral and nutty between 5 and 8 years from vintage date. Decanting/aerating suggested through 2019.
Cases Produced: 1506
Winemaker: Wes Hagen