Mendocino's La Follette Chardonnay ($48) should be your next special occasion bottle. According to the winery, "The winemaking to produce this complex Chardonnay was intensive. Three different clones, each vinified separately, were used and long skin contact was employed to increase the aromatics. The wine was aged on the lees and bottled unfiltered." Even without the backstory, the quality of the wine will not go unnoticed. Buttery, oaky, floral like jasmine, mellow, and smooth: this is a classic Chardonnay executed impeccably.
2009 La Follette Manchester Ridge Chardonnay