Wine Find: 2010 Toad Hollow Unoaked Chardonnay, Francine's Selection

August 03, 2011|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

As a general rule, it's best to steer clear of wineries with cute animal names and logos. Many have a certain "eau de zoo." But this oak-free chardonnay from Toad Hollow is too well-made to ignore. It's also a reminder that many of the chardonnays that are thrust into oak aren't improved one bit. This is a crisp, stylish wine with plenty of lemon, peach, apple and grapefruit flavor and a bright, lasting finish. It's a delicious wine for summer sipping, and there's no reason to hang on to it when you can enjoy it now.

From: Mendocino County, Calif.

Price: $15

Serve with: Lobster, grilled salmon

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