In the glass the Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay is medium golden apple in color with an inviting vibrancy. The nose throws aromatics of cinnamon sticks, apple crumble, light guava and bananas foster. Structurally, the acid is light and inviting upfront, and fades to an easy softness on the finish. While the wine has incredible staying power, it is worth noting a lovely appearance of pineapple upside down cake, toffee, and caramel with a little time in glass and bottle. For food pairings I would suggest chicken satay, Provencal French beans, or chicken piccata. Drink now – 2026.