I have never really been a big fan of Chardonnay. I used to drink it at my parent’s house, since it was free, but since then I haven’t really touched the stuff. The other day, I decided to grab a bottle of A by Acacia Chardonnay 2015 and give it a whirl.
Headed by general partner Mike Richmond and winemaker Larry Brooks, Acacia debuted in 1979 and quickly distinguished itself as one of the first California wineries to offer vineyard-designate Pinot Noir. Fruit was sourced locally from Carneros growers until the mid-1990s, when Acacia began acquiring properties surrounding the winery. Today these holdings comprise the 150-acre estate that produces Acacia Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The Chardonnay is straw yellow in color and has a strong, oaky aroma. It tastes like a buttery pear with hints of apple and a slightly acidic aftertaste, that goes away quickly. It’s kind of citrus tasting towards the end. Like I said, I usually dislike Chardonnay but I think my palate has changed over time. I won’t be going out of my way for Chardonnay, but it’s not shabby at all. You can find it online for under $10. 3/5.