Lockhart Cellars & Crosby Wines
California \\ USA
We set out on an important but ultimately humble task: bring you some bloody tasty, authentically Californian wines. It’s been nothing short of toil, tears and sweat. The task as onerous as it is painful… Except it hasn’t really, because winemaker Brian Pillod has this all nailed, working with excellent, environmentally-conscious growers in Napa, Sonoma and beyond to craft a range of delectable wines true to the Californian soul.
Lockhart Cellars is all about minimal intervention, and to paraphrase, these are well-poised wines. There’s not a smidgen of new oak, and the Chardonnay hasn’t seen the inside of any barrel, let alone a shiny new one, going instead for a steely, more rigid physique.
Meanwhile, Crosby Chardonnay is a sun-kissed, crowd-surfing little fighter, made from declassified grapes grown by an anonymous but illustrious source.