Chardonnays from the ‘True’ Sonoma Coast Are as Good as White Burgundy (for a Lower Price)

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By Elin McCoy

Winemakers like to joke that only the rich should risk planting vines on the far Sonoma coast, where fog, chilly wind, and up to 80 inches of rain a year roll in from the Pacific.

This dramatic, coolest-of-the-cool coastline is fast becoming California’s Côte d’Or, a sweet spot for great pinot noir. But the less-hyped chardonnays are also brilliant, with the elegance and zing of premier cru white Burgundy, at a lower price. The 2012s and exciting 2013s, just released, are stunning.

That’s my takeaway from the cozy West of West festival in Sebastopol earlier this month, where I moderated a panel of opinionated winemakers.

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