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WINE OF THE WEEK: HESS SELECT MONTEREY CHARDONNAY 2018-$14

Monterey climate gives added zest and ripe flavors to a classic California Chard

Dwight Casimere | 1/1/2021, 6 p.m.
It would be difficult to find a California Chardonnay that delivers such an abundance of ripe fruit flavors and lemon- ...

It would be difficult to find a California Chardonnay that delivers such an abundance of ripe fruit flavors and lemon- lime zest for such a modest price as this delightful Monterey Chardonnay 2018 from Hess Collection. Priced at a mere $14, it can dance a pas de deux with wines costing twice as much.

Hess Select Monterey Chardonnay is a classic Central Coast Chardonnay. The combination of moderate climate and marine influences from the Pacific Ocean enable the grapes to develop a perfect balance of fully ripe fruit flavors and a crisp, clean finish from well-balanced acids. This is the type of Chardonnay you love to drink. For those who love California Chardonnays, Hess ‘green label’ has become their ‘house wine.’

Medium bodied, the wine has a nice blend of flavors. Layers of sliced peaches and Golden Delicious Apples are the first to emerge, followed by luscious grilled pineapple and a racy finish of lemon-ginger tea and a splash of lime.

“This wine makes keeping people happy very easy,” observes winemaker Dave Guffy. I couldn’t agree more. Visithesscollection.com for more.