Oh, Chardonnay! That much loved (it is the most popular varietal in the world) and much maligned (see ABC: Anything But Chardonnay) wine. It can’t be denied that the grape is certainly versatile: often lovely and delicate when the winemaker has an easy touch, but also able to be molded and crafted into a vast number of styles. Alongside Malbec World Day, Cabernet Sauvignon Day, Languedoc Wine Day, and who knows how many others, Chardonnay certainly deserves its time in the spotlight as well.
To mark the occasion, I opened a bottle of my favorite California Chardonnay from Gary Farrell Winery. Medium golden yellow in the glass. Tropical fruit, pear, oak, nuttiness, and vanilla on both the nose and palate. It had a clean, fruity finish with evolving acidity and some light tannins along the gumline. While it was ripe and at least medium-plus in body, this wine still had plenty of racy acidity to keep it fresh and palatable. Very good/excellent.