La Crema Winery, Monterey (California) Chardonnay 2022

($20):  La Crema makes wines from multiple appellations, so check the label carefully.  This well-priced versatile Monterey Chardonnay is a crowd-pleaser because it combines a touch of creamy buttery flavors with green apple ones.  It is soft enough to savor a glass before a meal and has enough verve to accompany a roast chicken.  In keeping with current trend of lighter California Chardonnay, it weighs in under 14% alcohol.
88 Michael Apstein May 7, 2024