An American Icon
"If a wine can smell like white chocolate, we're on to something good"
This is Alaska. Currently working here gives me a chance to take a plunge into great American wines. Being a huge fan, it's not often I have such a wide and varied selection to taste from. In this first round I'm looking at Chardonnays. The common American palette caters to heavily oaked and bold fruited wines. They tend to lack acidity for balance and freshness. But in recent years things have changed. More and more producers are adjusting techniques and working differenty in the vineyards. And this is good news for us.
My wine of the week is the 2016 Chardonnay from winemaker Jim Clendenen at Au Bon Climat. Since 1982 they've made true artisan wines and winning prices all over the world. Located in Santa Barbara they make wines as a homage to Burgundy.
It's a small investment, but this is a Chardonnay unlike any other. I mean, it smells of white chocolate :)
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