J. Wilkes 2018 Chardonnay

Santa Maria Valley AVA
Special Selection — Gold Medal Wine Club
Santa Maria Valley AVA
98.5% Chardonnay, 1.5% Pinot Blanc
8 months in Oak

The cool-climate Santa Maria Valley is known for growing top-notch Chardonnay with plenty of complexity and elegance. J. Wilkes’ 2018 Chardonnay opens with aromas of lime blossom, green apple, browned butter, ripe pear and hints of clean ocean air. On the palate, concentrated fruit is balanced by fresh minerality that leads into a lively and bright finish. 2018 was one of the longest, coolest growing seasons in Santa Maria Valley in almost a decade, which allowed this wine to be both restrained and incredibly flavorful. Try pairing the J. Wilkes 2018 Chardonnay with shrimp tempura.

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