The DeLoach California Chardonnay 2014 is sourced from vineyards in the delta region of California. Which include Clarksburg and Lodi, they a warm weather growing region, but they are in line with the San Francisco Bay and receive cooling winds in the morning and evening. DeLoach is one of the labels for the Boisset Collection, a family owned business that has properties in both France and California. DeLoach is best known for Biodynamic wines from Sonoma, but this Chardonnay is from their Heritage Reserve line which showcases classic California wines sourced from various California growing regions at an affordable price. This Chardonnay was mainly fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, but a little barrel fermented and aged Chardonnay was blended in. So this should be a bright, fruit and citrus forward Chard, with a little bit the creamy vanilla and butter. The alcohol content is 13.5%. The DeLoach California Chardonnay 2014 should be found within a couple of bucks of $10.
The color is pale, crystal clear wheat yellow. The nose is subtle, melon, vanilla, apple, peach, and lemon/lime. This Chardonnay has a terrific rounded and smooth mouth-feel, it really engages your palate. It starts with smooth lemon crème mixed with tart grapefruit, followed by peach and Golden Delicious apple. The mid-palate adds unsweetened pineapple, French vanilla, guava, and a slightly salty sensation. The acidity is especially well-balanced, this can be a versatile food wine or a pleasurable sipping wine.
The DeLoach California Chardonnay 2014 tastes like it is more expensive than it actually is. Most Chardonnay in this price range are great for picnics or outdoor concerts and do very well while sipping on the patio, but the DeLoach seems to be ready for special occasions. Not that it wouldn’t be right at home at a picnic or the backyard deck. The DeLoach Chardonnay is well-balanced and flavorful, with a touch of class.