Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021

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Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021
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I found the Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 selling for $11.99 at Mariano’s one of Kroger’s family of supermarkets. This seems to be a wine sold exclusively at Kroger stores.

Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021

You store exclusive wine brands at Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Costco, but many grocery stores, restaurants, and large liquor, beer, and wine shops often have wines made especially for them. This is an excellent way of getting wines of good quality at an affordable price.

Santa Barbara County AVA is about 100 miles north of Los Angeles and is located on land that juts out slightly into the Pacific Ocean on three sides. They also have more inland mountains and warmer growing areas, but it is very well known for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 is produced by WX Brands who make several well-known and private label brands. The alcohol content is 14.5%.

The Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 Tasting Notes

The color is sunshine Yellow with a hint of green. The nose is ripe and creamy with a little butter, there are notes of peach, pineapple, grapefruit, vanilla, spice, pear, and apple. The Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 has an initial rounded mouthfeel, and then the complexity and the spice hit.

This Chardonnay tastes like a stew of melon, apple, peach, and pineapple, followed by vanilla, and sharp spice. The mid-palate adds stone fruit, a hint of butter, and tropical fruit.

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The acidity does its job well and gives this CHardonnay good length.

The Summary

  • The Magistrate Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2021 is a very nice Chardonnay for the price.
  • It is more of a sipper than a food wine, the flavors may be too bold for easy pairing.
  • A solid wine from the Kroger family of stores.

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