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Chardonnay, 2016. Ink Works

Chardonnay, 2016. Ink Works

Item #: C0820W1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Central Coast, California
Color: Very Pale
Nose: Apple
Palate: Soft, Tantalizing
Finish: Tropical
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2021/Fish, Fowl/13.9% Alcohol by Volume

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We don't usually start our description of a wine with the label, but in this case it's quite distinctive. Designed by Tattoo artist Arjay Gomez, it has the feeling of being a cross between the album covers of Sgt. Pepper and Iron Butterfly. And that fits winemaker, Josh Baker, just fine. He wanted to make as bold a statement on the label as he does with his wines.

Josh started out as a Biology major, without any thought of winemaking. He certainly had the right training though. Then, as fate would have it, friends in college had him try some of the wines they liked and it wasn't long before he was organizing "blind" tastings, where without seeing the wine, one would attempt to identify the wine, and Josh seemed to do better than most. Bye, bye biology.

Josh would take any job in a winery just to learn. His biology background didn't hurt his chances. So, up and down California he jaunted until he settled on Santa Barbara County and began crafting the wines he liked the most in those blind tastings.

The cool climate of the Central Coast has become the hot spot for beautifully appointed California Chardonnay. It's rolling hills and approximation to the ocean is the type of environment in which Chardonnay flourishes.

Here Josh focuses on the green apple and guava notes Chardonnay can present when it's not been overdone with oak and alcohol. Its vibrant flavors can cross many food boundaries, from veal scaloppini to sand dabs to poached salmon in a dill and mustard sauce.