Planeta 2018 Menfi DOC Chardonnay
You may be surprised that one of the best places to find one of the most consistently top rated, smooth, creamy, oaky, California styled Chardonnays is Italy. Sicily in particular. But that is exactly what Sicily's Planeta winery has delivered year after year. The 2018 is no exception, earning a whopping 94 points from Parker's Wine Advocate (AND IT STILL UNDER $50)! Rich with Sicilian puff pastry and cannoli crust, the 2018 Sicilia Menfi Chardonnay is an elaborate and full-bodied expression of this important white grape. The wine drives home a lasting impression of volume and opulence thanks to stone fruit, vanilla cream and baked bread. That touch of acidity is just enough to keep the wine light and jazzy in terms of mouthfeel.