Chardonnay is one of my go to wines in autumn. I love the buttery oak, the toasty notes, even the sometimes present candy corn notes that remind me so much of Halloween and fall. But in the summer, I tend to gravitate away from chardonnay, until I tasted these two wonderful chardonnays that are perfect for summer. Both are created in stainless steel and fresh, yet they each have unique flavor profiles.
The first is a chardonnay from Italy with a glass cork, Scaia 2018 Garganega-Chardonnay blend. This wine is deliciously grassy and intoxicatingly herbaceous. There was a little frizzante present, which I actually loved, it was rich, fruity and delicious. It was full of juicy peach and pear notes. Nice balanced acidity and mineralty. Pairs wonderfully with fruit, salads and hard aged cheese. Retailing at under $15 it is an absolute steal.
The second wine 2018 Chehalem Inox unoaked Chardonnay from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. This is much more the classic chardonnay, minus the oak. Fresh granny smith apple notes, Bartlett pear and a hint of banana round out this lovely wine. Great with chicken, or even lighter barbeque fare. Retails for just around $20.