Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay 2018

Biases up front, I prefer an oaked chard over an unoaked. When I read the description on the LCBO web site I was under the misunderstanding this was an oaked chard. Even the categorization of full bodied and rich to me lead me to believe this was an oaked chard. And then reality hit. As Cuomo said to Trump … reality wins EVERY time … I digress. Pale in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice golden delicious apple and pear notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice mild acidity, but not very creamy, nice and dry. If you looking for a gently oaked chard this might be right up your alley, and frankly, even the back of the bottle says it’s gently oaked so I have no idea what the LCBO Vintages panel tasted. I would give this an 87-88 simply cause it isn’t to my tastes. If the LCBO were taking wines back, I’d return the second bottle.

from the back of the bottle:

from the LCBO web site: Check stock:


750 mL bottle  |   VINTAGES#:  986778$19.95

Image for Hess Select Monterey County Chardonnay 2018 from LCBO

This is always a complex, well-made wine that manages to hold on to a delicate character without sacrificing breadth or depth. There’s apple, melon, vanilla, spice, and an oaky toast that emerges deftly on the close. Really nice. Try this with grilled chicken, salmon or pork dishes. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2019)


Release Date:July 11, 2020Bottle Size:750 mL bottleAlcohol/Vol:13.4%Made In:California, USABy:The Hess CollectionSugar Content:5 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & RichVarietal:Chardonnay

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