Lula 2020 Chardonnay
2020 Lula Chardonnay Valley Foothills Vineyard Anderson Valley
San Francisco Wine Panel Score 94+ Points
This distinctive Chardonnay opens with scents of quince paste, green apple, apple skin, dry peach, preserved lemon, vanilla wafer and nougat, which rise above a chalky mineral undercurrent. Those chalky notes along with a a suggestion of sea shell are prominent on the palate, where they combine to bring a firmer texture to flavors that are otherwise a palate-coating reprise of the aromas. The finish is very long, strong in minerality and attractively piquant, yet these elements do not blunt the layered richness of the quince, apple, peach, lemon and vanilla flavors. Notably Chablis-like, this bottling should grow ever more appealing over the next eighteen to thirty months.