Californian Chardonnay: Elin McCoy's top 10

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Elin McCoy looks at how the big, buttery blockbusters that made the Golden State golden have now taken on a new elegance and balance, both with and without oak. See McCoy's top 10 Californian Chardonnays here...
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Chanin Bien Nacido Chardonnay, California Chardonnay
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Chanin, Bien Nacido, Santa Maria Valley 2009

Chanin, Bien Nacido, Santa Maria Valley 2009
Subtle, rich, mineral-tinged, with racy acidity, it has depth without heaviness. Talented Gavin Chanin even paints his own labels. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price N/A UK chaninwine.com
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 12.8%

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