This weekend we had a 2008 Lucky Start Chardonnay. The wine was 97% Chardonnay and 3% Sauvignon Blanc with 60% of the grapes from the North Coast and the balance from Clarksburg. Only part of the wine went through a malolactic fermentation and I don’t believe it was on oak at all. If it was on oak, it was not very much. We actually prefer unoaked Chardonnays so you can actually taste the real flavor of the grape. The color was a medium yellow and the nose was of citrus and melon. The flavors were reminiscent of a white burgundy. Mineral, citrus and some herbal notes. The good amount of acid made this wine nice and crisp and it had a long finish. At only 13.5 percent alcohol this was a very nice wine to sit in the backyard and enjoy.
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