If you’re ever thinking you might want to be drinking more French, try this Burgundian-style chardonnay. Compared to many California chardonnays this wine is refined; in Burgundy, it would  be a beautiful everyday wine. The wine has typical aromas and flavors of earth, lime, limestone with apricot on the end-palate. Fruit and some minerality in the citric finish. Balance as well as substance, without an outrageous price.

Well-recommended: 91 points — Becky Sue Epstein

WHO: Amici Cellars

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Sonoma Coast, California

HOW MUCH: $26 (media sample)


About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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