Original tasting and review : This is Estancia Chardonnay, Monterey County, California, 2012, finished at 13% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2014. This one is NOT labeled "Pinnacles Ranches", as are so many of the Estancia chardonnays.
In the glass: Very light yellow with some vanilla.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft clean butterscotch with some grasses. From the aroma, seems like this will be full, rich and friendly.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, rich, almost creamy, with some dry butterscotch supporting the sleek fruit. Acids are gentle, so the sip carries more of a velvet glove touch. Finish is modest and eases off gently, with slick, very lightly oaked fruit fading from view.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, yielding an easy best value at its bargain price point.
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