Meandering through some old tasting notes a while back, I came across a wine from Edna Valley near San Luis Obispo. Normally, I like the minerality of the whites from Edna Valley. This trip I came home with Tolosa Winery's Chardonnay. They make a "no oak" version, too, but this one was their Estate brand. Here are the notes I made at the time:
"The label shows the name is Tolosa Chardonnay, Estate, Edna Ranch, Edna Valley. It's amazing there's room left for anything else! The brown and gold label also shows abv at 14.3%. From the coastal hills of San Luis Obispo, their estate vineyards are sustainably farmed. The blurb on the back label explains that we can expect to find floral, white peach and creme brulee aromas and a rich palate framed by crisp acidity and minerality. I'm sold. The bottle cost about $18 at the winery a few weeks ago.
"A wonderfully oaky presence is there, very rich but not over the top. I can smell those minerals they advertised. The other notes are somewhat hindered, I suppose by the chill. There's a little hint of the grassy kind of aroma you expect in Sauvignon Blanc - not strong, very faint, and quite unexpected. I'm intrigued. The wine is a pale, golden color in the glass.
"I've got the wood on the palate, but in a very reserved way. It's fairly rich-tasting, but not too creamy. The fruit is there, peaches and lemons. I get a very clean, citrusy sort of feel from it. More than anything I get the minerals. Really crisp and quite appealing, this may not be a Chardonnay for Chardonnay haters, but it's awfully close. I liked it with grilled chicken, and liked it even more with Kalamata olives."