Monterey's combination of moderate climate and marine influences from the Pacific Ocean keep the grapes balanced and able to develop fully ripe flavors. A classic Central Coast Chardonnay, this wine offers aromas of nectarine with grilled pineapple and a hint of smoke. It is medium-bodied and presents layers of sliced peaches and golden delicious apples, finishing crisp and clean with well-balanced acid. One of the things I enjoy most when I'm visiting with wine drinkers at festivals all around the country is the obvious pleasure people have when they tell me I really love the Hess green label Chardonnay, it's our house white. That means my mission is clear: don't screw up a good thing. Gladly, this wine makes keeping people happy very easy.