In the world of wine you can buy vintages that come from specific vineyards or you can choose the melting pot method where winemakers source and blend from many locations.

The latter is the choice with this California chardonnay, where vineyards in Napa and Monterey provided the grapes.

As the name implies, this is a big, round, buttery wine that showcases the benefit of malolactic fermentation — responsible for the creamy texture — and eight months aging in new French oak. It certainly fits our style of chardonnay.

Sherry: “A smooth, creamy and butterscotch-like wine with soft nuances of lemon and lime.” (3.75 stars out of 5)

Chris: “A bouquet of candied apples with flavors of pineapple and peach layered in buttery richness.” (4 stars out of 5)

Available from $12 to $15.

Coming next week: Haraszthy Bearitage Red Blend

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