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Diatom Chardonnay 2021

(Santa Barbara County, CA) $25

There’s a difficult-to-describe phenomenon that some great wines are capable of. I’ve heard it characterized as being like a “peacock opening its tail,” or like a “flower blooming in fast motion.” It’s the idea that the wine starts small and then seems to inflate on your palate, engulfing your taste buds with flavor. It’s a fantastic sensation. And Diatom Chardonnay does it. The wine is reminiscent of lime zest, vanilla beans, and crunchy sea salt. It’s very very creamy but not oaky. And while it has weight, it’s also wonderfully aerial and alive with freshness. This wine deserves a warm early autumn evening and an al fresco dinner. (14.5% abv)

94 points KM

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