This is not your typical Chardonnay. Let me just get that out of the way right now, get over your Chardonnay aversion. It's a good full bodied wine that will stand up to turkey and provide a nice fruit driven counter point.
Grape: Chardonnay 100%
Background: This comes from inland CA, Calaveras County to be exact. As such it gets less influence from the ocean, like, none actually. That makes for hotter days, riper grapes, and it's reflected in the wine's weighty full tropical fruit. It does not go through a malolactic fermentation, and barely sees any oak. The wine is also made by a woman wine maker, which is something of a rarity. Gay Callan started making wine here back in the 80's.
Profile: The aroma is a combination of ripe fruit and baking smells. In fact, it smells just like a delicious pear crumble. Rich fruit, a hint of spice and toast, it's perfect. Ok, there's some apricot in the crumble as well. On the pallet it's full and opens with peach/apricot, but is followed closely with some smoke and toasted almonds. It has decent acidity and isn't flabby by any stretch, bt the finish reminds me of short bread. It's rich, buttery, and has a touch of spice.
Conclusion: This is a great full bodied Chardonnay with out the over whelming butter, oak, and sweetness. It's big and has smoke and butter, but not too much. The weight, spice, fruit; all of it seems great for Turkey.
This is available at the Rosemont Market in Yarmouth for $19.99