Chardonnay is the most popular wine varietal in the United States by volume. It is often described as “buttery,” meaning it was aged in an oak barrel, or “fruit forward,” which means it was not. This wine also tends to elicit more polarizing responses from wine drinkers than any other varietal. It can be THE go-to for some or be a non-starter for others. With this in mind, Peninsula Underground sought to find a Chardonnay that all of our readers would enjoy. We tasted 20 different California Chardonnays and only one earned our prestigious 5 Corks rating...
Congratulations to the 2015 Le Cuvier (Paso Robles) Chardonnay!
Le Cuvier is perfectly set atop winding Vine Hill Lane off of Adelaida Road. Co-Owner John Munch and Head Winemaker Clay Selkirk produce consistently outstanding wine and have a devoted following. Their Elliptical Club members enjoy the fruits of their labor and the quirky prose that comes with each shipment. Upon our visit we found very knowledgeable staff and pourers who took pride in their product. And what’s better than wine? How about plentiful gourmet food pairings? Le Cuvier has an on-site kitchen and the food their chef prepares is to die for. We then bought a few bottles and relaxed at some outside tables under a large tree with some appetizers.
The 2015 Chardonnay is a bit more golden in color than you would expect from a typical Chardonnay. That’s because they left the fruit in contact with the skin a bit longer than normal. It produces a wine that has a red wine feel to it and is ready to be enjoyed right out of the bottle. In fact, this bottle comes with a “door tag” that reads, “Do Not Refrigerate.” It should be treated like a red wine. We think this Chardonnay comes as close as any we tasted of earning universal approval and for that we give it our highest rating: 5 Corks!