Drink of the Week: Le P’tit Paysan Jack’s Hill Chardonnay 2013

IanBrand ptit paysan ChardonnayPerhaps no other wine has been so sorely typecast as California Chardonnay. For years, these wines were generalized as buttery, overly oaked and,high-alcohol, but these days wineries from Mendocino to Santa Barbara are producing bottles that are helping lift the stigma. One bottle that we’re particularly excited about is the 2013 Jack’s Hill Chardonnay from Ian Brand’s Le P’tit Paysan label. Made from early-harvested Monterey-grown grapes and fermented in a mix of stainless steel and neutral oak before bottling, this wine exudes loads of stone minerality and a brisk citrusy brightness—far from the butter bombs more commonly associated with a California Chard. The other big difference? The price. At a budget-friendly $22, it’s the perfect bottle to stock up on for the summer season ahead. And for more California Chardonnays we love, check out our March/April 2015 issue$22, lppwines.com