San Pasqual Winery
2012 Chardonnay South Coast (California)
The San Pasqual Winery follows the newer trend among California Chardonnay producers to stop clobbering drinkers’ taste buds with oak, allowing more of the fruit to shine through. As a result, you get flavors of pear, golden apple and a hint of butterscotch. This method also imparts far less butter and oak, which is absolutely fine with me. It had a crisp lemon finish.
I also got a chance to try the 2014, which hasn’t been released. It is an equally beautiful expression of fruit forwardness.