A surprising find (well, OK, to be honest, it was provided). Citrusy notes on the nose, with perhaps a bit more lemon that one might expect. Nice flavors of grapefruit and caramel on the palate, with good acid. The most surprising aspect is that someone had a deft hand with the French and American oak. It is there but restrained and kept on a leash. Finishes very clean. Not rich but very satisfying. The best part is that the price seems to come in at around $10. Try with a nice risotto. Highly recommended.

WHO: Morro Bay
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Central Coast, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $10 (Media sample)

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Gary Thomas
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Gary Thomas is also a longtime professional journalist, and former senior correspondent at the Voice of America. He was the wine columnist for the Austin American-Statesman in Austin, TX, and has freelanced wine articles for other publications, including the Wine Spectator. He has spent much of his long journalistic career working overseas, managing to cadge needed wine in the hardiest of circumstances and unlikliest of locales, even in places like Pakistan and Iran.