Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay 2016
The grapes for the 2016 Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay came from the family's 352-acre Shirtail Creek Vineyard in Monterey. Guffy calls it a new take on the most popular wine around, and identifies tropical notes as its hallmark. He feels that Monterey's cooling fog and Pacific coastal breezes, drawn across the Gabilan Mountains into the Salinas Valley, are perfect for Chardonnay.
This golden wine smells of tropical fruit like mango and pineapple, with apple and sweet oak thrown on top. The palate shows that oak, but in an even-handed way. It works. The mouth is full, and the acidity is zippy.