Great White Deal- San Simeon Chardonnay for $9
Tonight I made the mistake of not decanting my red (Faust Cabernet 2005- coming in a later post), so I had a glass of my wife’s Chardonnay while the red opens up. What a great surprise! The San Simeon Chardonnay is from Monterey, and comes entirely from the Riboli family estate vineyards in the Arroyo Seco appellation. This is a Chardonnay worthy of medium term aging and shows much better than it’s price point. I just got back from a trip to Santa Barbara county where they make a ton of great chards and this stands up to the best of them.
A bit of citrus and mineral on the nose is followed by a buttery mouthfeel and a nice touch of oak and smoke on the finish. My wife also notes a floral quality in the wine which I totally agree with.
Bottom line: This Chardonnay stands up with others in the $20-30 range and, in my opinion, is only eclipsed by the best like Cakebread and Beringer Private Reserve.
As usual, LA Wine Company has the best price on this wine at $8.99. Buy a case and you won’t be disappointed. There aren’t many 2006 chards left and this one is top notch.