2012 Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay
Chardonnay •Curtis Estate & Kingsley Estate
California: Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley
Two Steves can't be wrong
Today’s budget-minded Chardonnay delivers a light-hearted and tasty approach to Chardonnay from the unique Santa Ynez AVA, where the Pinot-promoting feature film Sideways was made. This Curtis Winery 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay* is a more delicate expression of Santa Ynez Chardonnay than we are used to - and we **love that.
Not as complicated as many a Chardonnay from this region, which makes it a delightfully approachable and very delicious wine that can be paired with a vast array of food choices.
Today’s brightly hewn Chardonnay is recommended for any fan of the varietal.
A super light, pale straw yellow through and through, with only a touch of viscosity as you swirl in the glass.
Floral and delicate on the nose, with almost a Viognier quality to it. Fruit flavors of slightly ripened pear, lychee, and pineapple mingle with creamy vanilla, lemongrass, and a slight minerality.
Light and refreshing on the palate, this wine is brighter than a typical Chardonnay. Rich fruit flavors of green apple, mango, and Anjou pear are joined with hints of orange zest, vanilla bean, and the same minerality that is hinted at in the nose.
More elegant and refined than a traditional Chardonnay, with a crispness and minerality upon the initial sip, this wine fills in and has a beautiful creaminess at the back of the palate.
We would recommend a saffron-spiced crab and avocado salad.
What the Winery Says
- Ernst Storm
- Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California
- Curtis and Kingsley Estate
- Fruit Composition
- 100% Chardonnay
- 6 months in Stainless and French oak