J. Wilkes Chardonnay 2012
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
Wine EnthusiastStarting off with grapefruit soda and apple-pear cider aromas, this well-priced Chardonnay is made by the Miller family of Bien Nacido Vineyard fame in honor of the brand's late founder. It features the steadily evolving flavor profile of wines twice its price. The citrus soda element is first, followed by a distinct, slightly bitter pear-peel profile on the midpalate, finishing with lingering vanilla toffee.
Wine AdvocateAlso outstanding, the 2012 Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley is a ripe, layered effort that has loads of apple, melon, spice, brioche and white flower characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, rich, layered and elegant, with plenty of class, it's another smoking value to drink over the coming year or so.