The 2017 Leaping Horse Chardonnay was made from 90% Chardonnay grapes and 10% Viognier. The wine aged for only four months in new French oak barrels, so it’s not sagging under the weight of wood. Alcohol tips in at 13.5% abv and the retail sticker reads $10.
The California Chardonnay is straw colored and smells of lemon, guava, apples and vanilla. On the palate there is citrus, melon and a touch of pineapple with a faint floral note. It’s oaky, to a point, but not overdone. The acidity, does not rip, but it refreshes. The finish is long, with tropical notes.