Clos Du Val 2013 Carneros Chardonnay, $21.99-$26.99, 92 points, poured a glossy gold color.
First whiffs while cold (40 degrees) were propitiously subtle honeysuckle, tangerine, and lemon zest morphing toward an earthy estuary while warm (70 degrees).
Flavors were a wonderful tightrope balance between minerals, lemon, and hints of vanilla with a bright ginger note all of which were amplified by the bright acidity.
Finished long on the trailing palate, a striking white pepper spiciness, and hints of cumquat with a sweet-spot 14.1% alcohol.
This is Cali Chardonnay done right (JMHO).
Paired perfectly with my heirloom tomato, best applewood-smoked-bacon, and Foxy iceberg lettuce (BLT).
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