2015 Coach House Chardonnay
I’m always on the look out for a good Chardonnay that is what
Chardonnay lovers want – a good textured, creamy wine with a nice
buttery soft texture without a ton of oak. And while you can find these
for $35-50 pretty easily, it’s almost impossible to find a good one
that’s under $20. Most in that price category are “unoaked” or lightly
oaked – which is fine, but they tend to be light and crisp and lack that
creamy texture people want.
I can’t tell you why we were able to get such a screaming deal on this delicious Chardonnay, but I can tell you it’s exactly what I was looking for. This wine from a tiny Washington producer is hand crafted and sourced from two vineyards in Yakima, then aged “sur lie” which means they leave the yeast sediment in the barrel while it’s aging to add layers of flavor.
And while 50% of this wine aged in new French Oak and the rest in previously used barrels, the wine gets its creaminess without being overly oaky at the same time. Most wine at this price would be lucky if it was “oaked” with wood chips rather than new $1000 barrels.
Expect that buttery popcorn flavor with hints of pear and melon, and a subtle Meyer lemon finish with a good rich texture without going overboard. For this price I bought a case for myself at what was a one time winery direct deal!