Clendenen Family 2018 Le Bon Climat Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley)

There's no shying away from this bottling's nutty aromas—from hazelnut to pecan to toasty oak—but there's also inviting butterscotch and seared-lemon notes as well. Those warm aspects are cut by a tense, acid-driven structure on the palate, where citrus slices through the caramel, salt and browned butter flavors. The hint of herb makes it a perfect pairing with roast chicken. Matt Kettmann

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