With the holidays upon us, we are happy to see so many un-oaked wines showing up on shopping lists for the season. The influence of using stainless steel wine barrels for aging has had a major impact on consumer palates. As tastes and preferences have changed, we have seen a steady increase in the sales of un-oaked whites, including sauvignon blancs and chardonnays. Chardonnays, which were traditionally known for their buttery and oak influences are now showing their crisp and clean side. Here are some wines for your consideration, all made using stainless steel:
- Four Vines Santa Barbara County Naked Chardonnay (about $13/bottle) — made in 100 percent stainless steel, slightly sweet, very orange-juicy with notes of papaya and melon
- The Wishing Tree Western Australia Unoaked Chardonnay (about $13/bottle) — full, tart and delicious apple flavors
- Alpha Domus Hawke’s Bay Unoaked Chardonnay (about $14/bottle) — a lively blend of pineapples and pears, rich but still dry
- Louis Michel & Fils Chablis (about $28/bottle) — light citrus and minerally, chalky flavors with a mellow apple finish.
- Mer Soleil “Silver” Santa Lucia Highlands Unoaked Chardonnay (about $35/bottle) — lush tropical-fruit flavors, creamy with bright acidity, and touches of tonic-water bitters
Happy Holidays and cheers!