Wine: Sonoma’s true coast
When you’re shopping California white wines, a Sonoma Coast label doesn’t really tell you much, said Eric Asimov in The New York Times. One chardonnay can be lean and racy while the next is rich and fruity—depending on how close the vineyard is to the sea. So get to know the producers. The three wines below exemplify the lean appeal of the region’s true coast huggers.
2014 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Joy Road Vineyard ($69). “Deep, savory, and stony,” this energetic wine offers flavors of citrus and herbs and a wellintegrated acidity.
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard ($75). Ceritas’ “rich, resonant, and harmonious” chardonnay combines the aromas and flavors of citrus, flowers, and minerals.
2013 Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Freestone Vineyard ($41). This “richly textured” wine offers “aromas of hot stones and flavors of apple and lemon.”