2013 Lincourt "Steel" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1292104 Connoisseurs Guide

 No matter that this unoaked bottling treds a direct, green apple line with few complex adjuncts in its makeup, such is the way of Chardonnays of its ilk, and this one makes a pretty good stab at capturing lively, somewhat juicy fruit. There is a not unexpected bit of fresh, slightly candied fruit here and little in the way of the rich, buttery side of the variety to be sure. Yet, all in all, this wine is both easy to take and easy on the wallet. *One Star, Good Value*  (7/2015)

Wine Enthusiast

 This stainless-steel take shows lime juice, golden apples and white pepper on the lean but ever-so-slightly warm nose. The palate is driven by a citrusy bitterness, showing tangerine peels and more squeezed lime throughout. (MK)  (10/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Clean and refreshing, with snappy lemon, grapefruit, green apple and pear flavors that are juicy, elegant and easy to enjoy. (JL)  (7/2015)

K&L Notes

Ten bucks. That is all. Just $10 gets you this tasty little non-oaked Chardonnay from one of the premiere appellations of the Central Coast of California. Some of you may think it's too "cheap," that there is no way that it can be good at that price point. Well I'm here to say that we think that you shouldn't discriminate based on price because there is some serious substance in this Chardonnay. Don't overlook the little guys, the underdogs; if you do you might just be missing out on the best Chardonnay deal of 2017. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2017 | Send Email
Ten bucks. That is all. Just $10 gets you this tasty little non-oaked Chardonnay from one of the premiere appellations of the Central Coast of California. Some of you may think it’s too “cheap,” that there is no way that it can be good at that price point. Well I’m here to say that we think that you shouldn’t discriminate based on price because there is some serious substance in this Chardonnay. Don’t overlook the little guys, the underdogs; if you do you might just be missing out on the best Chardonnay deal of 2017.
Orange blossom and a pure beam of Cantaloupe and Honeydew melon, bolstered by a leesy weight, ride high on the nose of this non-oaked stunner. Broad but that broadness comes from fruit ripeness rather than oak extraction this is packed full of pureed Jonagold apples, orange pith, fried plantains and hints of zestier citrus tones like tangerine and Clementine. Add in the fact that there is 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Gruner Veltliner and 2% Pinot Blanc in this wine and which add fruit complexity, minerality and a spice note to the wine and this is incredibly complex without oak or secondary fermentation. A value not to be missed.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2017 | Send Email
This Chardonnay is a no-brainer! The Lincourt no-oak Chard is clean and refreshing with aromatics of yellow fruit, white nectarine and melon. Throw in a surprisingly medium-bodied palate and a zippy tart finish and you have the perfect spring soiree wine!

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2017 | Send Email
This wine is reminiscent of the success we enjoyed last year when we released the value-driven Alma Rosa Santa Barbara Chardonnay. It's totally unoaked, showing notes of grapefruit, yellow nectarine and Mandarin oranges. If you prefer linear styled whites and a touch of ripeness, this is a wine you should be buying by the case.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
While I love the amazing selection of value wines here at K&L I almost always go perusing through the offerings from France, New Zealand, or Spain hanks to our Direct Import program. So I was somewhat surprised and very pleased when I got to taste this $10 Chardonnay from Lincourt. The wine has a little fruit weight and showcases notes of white stone fruit and apples. There is no oak here so the acid come through really well, more balancing than bracing though and the finish is clean. All in all a perfect little white to throw into a party or drink on a Tuesday night.

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
What can I say, this is incredible for the money. Fresh lemon peel and hits of sweet orange, first welcome you to the glass. The palate is clean and fresh and full of richness. Fresh herbs and bright lemon acid elevate this wine while the long finish leaves you wanting more. This might be one of the best $10 California Chardonnay's on the shelf. Cheers!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2017 | Send Email
I love a good unoaked Chardonnay that's inexpensive and this certainly fits the bill. Lincourt's Steel Chardonnay is a happy medium between crisp and juicy with plenty of citrus, melon and peach. There is a great expression of Santa Rita Hills fruit that won't disappoint in the upcoming warmer months!

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.