2016 Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay
This is a lovely wine that caught me off guard with its pleasantness because I really didn’t know what to expect.
The single vineyard designation caught my eye but I had never heard of the producer before, and generally don’t go to Mendocino when I’m looking for Chardonnay value. But that’s exactly what I found.
This bottle was $12.99 at Costco, which is great considering retail is $23, and it’s online closer to $18 most places. It also pulled down a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast, which I agree with wholeheartedly.
On the pour, this wine is super light, see through almost like a Pinot Grigio. It’s deceptive to the eye because once you get going there’s a big, full flavored and delightful Chardonnay in here.
The nose is a little woody with hints of citrus fruit; in the mouth, loads of pear, citrus flavor, apricot, very bright and lovely fruit; A touch of oak and butter towards the finish with a little sour tart but not too much of any one thing at all.
I really enjoyed this wine, and highly recommend it for the price. I’m going to add to our top picks as this is just one of those bottles you could easily overlook, but one that is worth exploring for all types of white wine fans, not just Chard lovers.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points (a CostcoWineBlog Top Pick)
Costco item number: 1178182
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA
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