by Andrew Chalk
Chamisal, located in California’s ‘forgotten’ AVA of San Luis Obispo, is a master of unoaked chardonnay. This vintage is a good example. When so many unoaked chardonnays are advertised a
s unoaked just to achieve the cost-cutting measure of avoiding oak ageing Chamisal employs the technique for the noble reason of imparting a different taste to the resulting wine. One of the best unoaked chardonnays around.
Appearance: Light gold color;
Nose: Pineapple, Meyer lemon, ripe peach;
Taste: Fresh, clean fruit. Especially the pineapple and apricot. Medium acid keeps the wine lively on the palate.