This high-end, unfined Chardonnay from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley is surprisingly mild. The nose offers gentle caramel notes, light wood character, and a touch of apple fruit. On the body, clear lemon character, with an earthy finish that offers hints of honeycomb, chewy nougat, and hints of fresh pear at the very end. Unusually restrained for a California Chardonnay, it’s a refreshing break from the usual fare, even if it’s ultimately a bit short on character for something in this price range.
B+ / $45 / amapolacreek.com