Marrying Kistler’s Sonoma Coast lemon-curd opulence with Ramey’s textbook Carneros cut, the 2014 Bernardus Chardonnay Monterey County is brilliant gold, with mouthwatering aromas of green apple and citrus fruits, accented by vanilla and toasted almond. Rich and powerful on the attack, but beautifully restrained, revealing layers of lush lemon curd, tropical fruits, and crème brûlée underpinnings — the hallmark of excellence in Monterey.
Crushed orange peels, plump lemon blossoms, spun sugar, clarified butter and a slight almond oil touch combine for a lush, layered nose on this bottling from the Carmel Valley producer. The palate presents an expert balance between salt, butter and almond warmth and tingling, lime-led acidity. Will please both lovers of classic Cali chard and acid-heads.