It’s been a minute since I had a Cali Chard that I really flipped over. Introducing… the Gen 5 Chardonnay from Lodi!
Nowadays, I feel that I’ve picked up on a slight stigma against Chardonnay, especially those from California. Almost like it’s uncool to like it. It still sells well, but the millenial generation, specifically, tends to perceive it as being lame. Their Aunts and Grandmas love Chardonnay, and they’ve had one too many poor, manipulated, over-oaked, cheap Chards at an art opening or gathering that chances are came out of a jug. Truly, if I had to name one grape of which there is entirely *too much* of poor quality in existance, it would be Chardonnay. I don’t often want to spit wine out… but I’ve had a couple Chards in the past that I’d sooner take a razor blade to my tounge than drink again.
Okay, those were some harsh words. But much like the Chamisal Stainless Chardonnay that I wrote about back in the wee early days of this blog, I really, really LOVE a good Chardonnay at a good price point. So, in comes the Gen 5! I really think this is one of the cleanest, purest, most poignant Chards I’ve had in a long while. It is focused and perky, with bright notes of kiwi, guava, pineapple, prickly pear and (now that its warmed up just a bit) a little hint of vanilla bean. Check out its crystalline, clear coloring (okay, I was just dying to use the word crystalline):
Well, the picture doesn’t do it a ton of justice, but it really is a beautifully clean and clear wine. Maybe it’s because Gen 5 is a certified Sustainable winery? Perhaps. I would love this wine even if I didn’t know that about it, but it’s always awesome to hear that a winery is committed to planet Earth-friendly farming and policies. Lodi actually has it’s own set of “Rules” and standards for Sustainability. Yet another reason I need to visit that part of California- the Lodi area seems like a community with a sense of togetherness. Pretty cool.
So what’s the best part of this wine? Well, it only costs $13! How’s about that. This speaks volumes about this wines awesomeness, because I find that wines labelled as Sustainable are often over-priced. They could probably sell it for $15 and no one would question it. Sustainable? Sure, I’ll pay $15! Actaully, it’s definitely worth $15. But how nice that it’s $13! You can try it at the Wine Sale, TOMORROW! Saturday, August 27th from 12-2 at Cellar on Greene.