Best of all, there's no blood filled elevators in sight. Kubrick and The Overlook. There's another combo that gets the job done in style.
This is the bugger of a wine that blindsided blindtasting judges at the famed 1976 Paris Tasting (aka "Judgement of Paris" wine competition).
Winemaker Melissa Burr of Stoller Vineyards in Oregon has a bit of a gem on her hands with this beautifully balanced Chardonnay Reserve.
For the price, it's heaven sent. Equivalent quality from Napa would likely come in at 2-3x the price.
Franciscan Estate was first to produce a wild-yeast fermented Chardonnay in 1987 ("Faith" by George Michael topped the charts, and I was still a hapless member of the Joico gel cult).
With spring coming, why hold back your affection for the king of whites?
Made from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this is a clean drinking, smooth example of what I'd frame as a casual, modern day Chardonnay.