The 2017 Chardonnay presents exuberant aromas of tropical fruits with notes of honeysuckle, caramel, and hazelnut. The palate is smooth and resonant, unfolding with beautifully integrated flavors of pear, pineapple, peach, and citrus. Touches of lively acidity linger on a lengthy, seamless finish.
Over the past few seasons, the Ancient Peaks brand has emerged as one of California's top values in the $15-$20 range. The 2017 Ancient Peaks Chardonnay—the winery smartly uses screwcaps for this wine—is an excellent effort in this price range. TASTING NOTES: This wine is rich, balanced, and delicious. Its aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and mineral suggest a pairing with roast chicken over arugula.