Really pale canary, but with that golden aura at its core bringing the body of Chardonnay to the party. Woodsy peat on the nose, latex ground herbs and chopped-weed-initial pushing tiny buttons in charming sequence. A thick density grows steadily, reminding you this is not some also-ran spicy-brash white variety, but the all-time reigning QUEEN of wines. Positive apple and almond combine for a sleight of licorice, solidifying the fruit-lines.
Full and mouth-filling on the palate, no slutty cougar-juice here… Dense pear decadence and apple sprite hee-haw your taste buds into conformity without selling out to the sweet nectar gods or oaky slip & slides so many resort to. Clean and vibrant, an absolute beauty in clarity of focus, rich middle topples slowly into crispy tannin in a slow, calculated pattern, mouth-feel firmly engrained on your skull in a for ever and ever finish.
I might have been a little hard on the 2017 version of this wine, but oh man this one has won me.
2018 BEVELA WINES ‘Fractured Emergence’ Chardonnay Santa Barbara Co. Califronia 13.8