California Chardonnays are undergoing some positive stylistic changes, which has been refreshing. I've just finished tasting 300 of these wines, a mix of 2008s and 2009s, for Wine Spectator's July issue.
Chardonnay has its detractors, and there's plenty to critique about this often mass-produced, innocuous wine. But it is still the most consistently excellent white wine made from the Golden State (although there is more competition now than ever).
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