What it is about golfers and chardonnay I’ll never figure out, but here’s a new one, courtesy of Luke Donald (who put out a nice Bordeaux-style blend last summer).
Luke Donald’s chardonnay, from the Carneros region, isn’t nearly the success of his Claret, but it has some basic charm. Chardonnay’s textbook characteristics are here: Some wood, a decent core of apple fruit, but it has a lot of that ham-like character that so many chardonnays suffer from (I guess many winemakers find it charming), and it’s hard to push past it to get to the more enjoyable components of the wine.
Not at all awful, though I liked it better with food than on its own.
B- / $30 / terlatowines.com
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