Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2012

Found this selection on sale at a local grocery store.  Based on what I see online, the sale price – $8.99 – is closer to the average price in other markets.  In my area, as you can see, the price is a little higher.  Like 45% higher!  Glad I waited for the sale.

Winemaker:  Sterling Vineyards
Wine:  Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Price:  $16.49

Notes:  This California Chardonnay was a light lemon yellow in the glass.  On the nose I got citrus and pear.  It was light-bodied with good (I’d even say zingy) acidity.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I found loads of lemon, some grapefruit, touches of oak, a hint of butter and grass.  As it warmed to room temperature, I also found a floral note – honeysuckle.  I think this would be a great wine to serve with a fish course.  I wouldn’t call it refined, but it did seem a better balanced Chardonnay than I’ve had in a while.  Then again, I’m focused on inexpensive selections.  At any rate, I enjoyed this Sterling Chardonnay (at the price I paid – lol).

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