This single vineyard Chardonnay shows clear effect of the 40% new French oak, but wood complements rather than overwhelms. Pear, apple, honeydew melon and some tart pineapple are joined by caramel, smoke, and a surprising kick of white pepper. This would be a perfect pairing with Flounder Francese with Toasted Almonds, Lemon and Capers.

WHO: Clos LaChance
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $35 (Media sample)

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