It’s hot again in LA! After a bike ride in the oppressive summer heat, it was time for a cool break and some Chardonnay from the Northern Coast of California. The grapes are from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Marin and Solano Counties. They were hand harvested from sustainable vineyards. Fermentation took place in 100% stainless steel, with no oak being used.
This bottle was sourced from our new favorite wine shop, Flask located on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, CA.
This approachable honey-colored Chardonnay shows excellent acid balance with pleasing floral and citrus notes. You won’t find any heavy-handed vanilla or woodiness since it is fermented in 100% stainless steel. There is something about the NoCo’s subtlety that is quite appealing, the acid is there but pulled back, and the fruit shows nicely but does not overwhelm. Honestly, as a former reds-only wine drinker, for years I had avoided Chardonnay entirely but after trying NoCo and a few other fine examples, I now find myself craving a good bottle from time to time, especially on a hot summer’s day.
3.5 out of 5
Doing laundry on a hot Sunday calls for some cool libations and Steve opened the perfect bottle to accompany all the folding. Not only is it an approachable and light, summery Chard, which is hard to find, it is affordable at $14 – ah yeah! Love it when we find a great wine at a great price. Don’t you? So if you are looking for good, crisp, tasty Chardonnay to accompany your laundry day then look no further. Check out NoCo. I think you’ll like it.
3.5 out of 5
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2010 North Coast Chardonnay
Available at the KL Wines here.