This bottling of Monterey-grown chardonnay from San Antonio Winery’s San Simeon label attacks as a bit doughy on the nose, before slowly sliding into a style that comes across as a fairly typical California bottling of the grape. Notes of lemon curd, almond paste, and a significant floral element all quickly emerge, with the floral notes lingering for ages. That almond character is what hangs on the longest, melding with a stewed apple and gentle apricot note. Lots to enjoy here, though it all feels a bit on the familiar side.
B+ / $16 / sanantoniowinery.com