WINE REVIEW: 2016 Long Meadow Ranch, Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, Monterey County, CA ($42)
Updated: Apr 8, 2019
by Andrew Chalk
Anderson Valley is one the coolest regions in California, making it an excellent place to make Chardonnay in a style starkly different from the California template of ripe-harvest, barrel fermentation, full malolactic fermentation, and new French oak ageing. This wine is a good example of an alternative model. The color is pale green. The nose is green apple, pear, and lemon. The flavors are crisp, fresh, and complex, emphasizing the fruit, framed with pronounced minerality. Long finish. Serve with lobster, white-fleshed fish, or poultry like chicken and cornish game hen.