Sonoma Coast Hagan Vineyard Chardonnay While many California chardonnays bring butter to mind, this one instead suggests the floral richness of fresh milk from a cow browsing in a mountain meadow. It’s the third vintage Carroll Kemp has made from a young vineyard planted to the Old Wente selection on the coastal end of Taylor Lane ridge—a tiny block of chardonnay in a sea of cool-climate pinot noir. Made without any new oak, it’s pretty stunning, with a wonderfully lacy texture, a vibrant scent of chamomile and a sunny burst of yellow raspberry flavor. This would be awesome for a dim sum brunch, next to shrimp and chive dumplings. —Luke Sykora
This wine was featured in our September 2017 monthly newsletter.
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