The trend with Chardonnay has been to go away from the oaky, buttery expressions made famous by California the past couple decades. Winemakers are now allowing the grape to stand on its own merit. Case in point with the 2017 French Valley Vineyards Stainless (Unoaked) Chardonnay, which was the best of this varietal that we tasted from Michigan. Our viewers noted its bright color and citrus aroma. The wine is crisp and dry with a long, even finish. This holds its own with any of the stainless Chardonnays currently produced in Sonoma.