Citrusy notes on the nose, with perhaps a bit more lemon that one might expect. Nice flavors of grapefruit and caramel on the palate, with good acid. The most surprising aspect is that someone had a deft hand with the French and American oak. It is there but restrained and kept on a leash. Finishes very clean. Not rich but very satisfying. The best part is that the price seems to come in at around $10. Try with a nice risotto. Highly recommended.

2009 Morro Bay Split Oak Estate Sur Lie Chardonnay

A surprising find (well, OK, to be honest, it was provided). Citrusy notes on the nose, with perhaps a bit more lemon that one might expect. Nice flavors of grapefruit and caramel on the palate, with good acid. The most surprising aspect is that someone had a deft hand with the French and American oak. It is there but restrained and kept on a leash. Finishes very clean. Not rich but very satisfying. The best part is that the price seems to come in at around $10. Try with a nice risotto. Highly recommended.

WHO: Morro Bay
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Central Coast, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $10 (Media sample)

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