The Chardonnay bursts from the glass with fragrant aromas of pineapple and banana intertwined with notes of lemon zest and lilac. A clean, mouthwatering texture dazzles with bright flavors of peach, apricot, pear and papaya, all underlain by a suggestion of butterscotch. A crisp sense of minerality adds lift to a beautifully soft and seamless finish.
Over the past few seasons, the Ancient Peaks brand has emerged as one of California's top values in the $15-$20 range. The 2017 Ancient Peaks Chardonnay—the winery smartly uses screwcaps for this wine—is an excellent effort in this price range. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich, balanced, and delicious. Its aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and mineral suggest a pairing with roast chicken over arugula.