Monterey is at the forefront of unoaked Chardonnay and this delightful bottling shows why. It’s dry, racy in acidity, and rich in mineral-inspired pineapples, limes and apples. Doesn’t need any oak to satisfy.
Though it’s a 2000, it’s still bright, fresh and dry, with zippy, lemony overtones. The label says “cellared and bottled by”—as opposed to “produced and bottled by.” That’s usually code for bulk wine. But who cares? With its green apple, melon and grapefruit flavors, this wine is fun to drink. The finish is clean, but a little short.