The Sterling Vintner’s Central Coast Chardonnay 2014 is sourced from multiple vineyards in the Central Coast AVA of California. The Central Coast AVA is large, it includes 6 Counties, 27 sub-AVA’s and over 90,000 acres of planted grape vines. The Sterling Vintner’s Chardonnay underwent malolactic fermentation and was at least partially aged in oak barrels. Malolactic changes tart tasting acid (think green apple) to more rounded tasting acid (think butter) and oak barrel aging adds vanilla and spice to Chardonnay. A check of the internet shows the price for this Chard to vary greatly, from $6 to $14, so check for sales.
The color is a pale golden-yellow. The nose is apple, melon, lemon, a touch of butter and pear. This is a dry, medium-bodied Chardonnay, smooth with balanced acidity. It starts a mix of apple and pear, vanilla and honeydew melon. The mid-palate brings mild butter, creamy lemon and a late hit of peach. The acidity is very well-balanced, this will work as a sipping wine and do well when paired with the meal.
The Sterling Vintner’s Central Coast Chardonnay 2014 is a solid California every day Chardonnay. A good Chardonnay needs a healthy dose of acidity (balance is the key) and a refreshing mix of flavors and the Sterling Vintner’s Central Coast Chardonnay 2014 checks off both boxes. Pair this one with chicken salad with cranberry and walnuts or spicy Thai shrimp.