Toad Hollow’s 2010 Mendocino County Chardonnay is quite good. This California Chard is crisp and fruity. At first, it smelled like peaches, but then tasted a little bit like apples and grapefruit. I thought it was the perfect sweetness and had good body.
I guess Toad Hollow was ahead of the trend of unoaked Chardonnay. Oak barrels can impart flavors that overpower the fruitiness of the grapes. So instead of fermenting and aging the wine in oak barrels, the process is done in stainless steel tanks so that the true character of the grape comes through.
So if you think you don’t like Chardonnay, try the unoaked kind. And at around $13, you can keep a couple bottles of this one on hand.
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