Sonoma Coast AVA, CA; 14.1% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 6 Aug
This wine is delicious right away, showing lightly buttery, ripe yellow apple and white pear, vanilla / oak, in a fuller body for a white. After it warms to room temperature, the oak a little strong / sharp. Despite that description, its not an over-the-top butter-fruit bomb; fruit not over-ripe and has balancing acid, and the taste is elegantly delineated. Its age shows in how the flavors are nicely melded together, with no sign of oxidation; really a lovely, aged CA Chardonnay.
The next day (bottle kept with the cork in it in the fridge), the fruit is more forward and perhaps less balanced, perhaps a little more nutty (roasted almond?), but overall it’s very similar to its first day. However, I would guess you shouldn’t wait to drink it.