SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The 2011 Sonoma Loeb Chardonnay is first on my list of three fine value summer wines. It has a pale, straw color with a lot of citrus aromas. Bright, tropical fruit flavors will fill your palate with this nicely balanced wine.
The fruit keeps rolling around the tongue and lingers with an acidity that gives it a perfect balance. For $20 a bottle, this is a fairly priced wine just in time for your summer dinner plans. I suggest trying it with grilled chicken or a sautéed fish dish for a soft balance.
Then there’s a 2011 Buty, which is a blend of Semillon, 19 percent Sauvignon, and 21 percent Muscadelle. This blend of varieties used in White Bordeaux wines from France, is seriously delicious.
Another pale straw color accompanied by spicy citrus touches on the floral aroma and leads to a very distinct luster of flavors. The spiciness will fascinate.
There are multiple layers of fruit here with a fine acidity and structure that calls out for food. This would be the wine to go with grilled or roasted chicken and definitely with paella. Again this is fair priced at just $25 a bottle.