You like the crispness of Sauvignon Blanc, but finding it a little too harsh? Most Chardonnays too buttery for you? Well, un-oaked Chardonnay… The 2005 Naked Chardonnay from Four Vines is a good buy (about $11-13). The folks at Merchant de Vino pointed this wine out, and I'm happy they did! Pretty light color — I'm thinking straw-like — a nice buttery nose, maybe a hint of peaches. Toward the more viscous in the mouth, with a sweet, honey-like stickiness, and the flavors stay around for about 30-45 seconds…quite reminiscent of peaches & nectarine, but the acid comes out pretty rapidly and tames that sweetness up front.
Here's the Santa Barbara vintner's take:
“Naked” is our expression for a No-Oak style of winemaking. The fruit was fermented in 100% stainless steel and NOT put through malolactic fermentation, in order to maintain the natural acid balance. The Chardonnay exhibits crisp apple, white peach, and pear, finishing long with hints of citrus and mineral. Drink Naked often!