Produced from premium Colorado Chardonnay grapes and barrel-fermented and aged Sur Lies ("on the yeast") in 100% new Hungarian oak, this wine is rich and buttery, with a hint of butterscotch, and a soft vanilla finish. Gold medal winner!
Located on the Santa Maria Bench, Julian's Vineyard grapes grow with warm days and cool foggy nights as the ocean, just 15 miles away, introduces much air moisture. This combination of elements helps this Pinot Noir flourish.
This Syrah from the Paso Robles area is a rich and overall smooth tasting experience. And for a big Syrah, sometimes this isn't easily achieved with so much flavor(s) going on. But Castoro does the balancing act with a nice touch of acid and tannins.
This Viognier from Castoro Cellars is one of their reserves, meaning that when a certain lot, or year of grapes that are especially good, they will set aside a certain amount of this lot and bottle it in limited quantities. This ensures quality and a specialness to this wine - it is a good purchase at this level alone.
Central Coast Wine Warehouse takes a no nonsense approach to their marketing of this offering. They take the snobbery out, and make the price of this white blend from the California Central Coast very reasonable.
Chateau Ste. Michelles' affordable Chardonnay is a treat, well suited for food pairing. This wine doesn't try to do too much, and so makes a refreshing wine that is able to be paired with many foods. This is a semi-dry Chardonnay with smooth and subtle characteristics.