2016 Chardonnay "Bunker Hill" (Lingua Franca)
Lingua Franca, Chardonnay "Bunker Hill", Willamette Valley, Oregon, US, 2016100% Chardonnay MOUTHWATERING GOLDEN APPLE, GRACEFUL TOAST, LEMON ZEST Combining zealous zestiness and underlying toasty oak, this Oregonian Chardonnay masterpiece carries itself more like Beaune-borne royalty than the stereotypically buttery denizens of California (we’re not saying all, but you know who you are!) yet manages to be more unto itself than derivative of any particular Chard that’s come before. That said, it’s textbook-ishly orchardy with bright, fragrant tree-fruit and delicately floral notes in a firm, elegant frame. Truly majestic. Serving Suggestion: Seared scallops w/ clarified butter, lemon zest, & white wine. Nutty Comté, Cantal vieux, or Gruyère.