On Giants’ Shoulders Martinborough Chardonnay 2018 $40

Hands up if you just feel like sipping on a slippery, softly-styled, elegant-as-all-getout chardonnay that doesn’t leave you scraping the sawdust and butterscotch out of your mouth after every sip? This 2018 vintage from Braden and Gabrielle Crosby’s tiny, non-irrigated vineyard in Martinborough is wild-fermented, supremely smooth, styled in the French vein with a demure 12.9% alcohol and shows soft white stonefruit characters, subtle, restrained oak notes from just 30% barrel maturation and a crumb of creaminess from partial malolactic fermentation.