2010 NO/CO Chardonnay, North Coast - A new project from Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor of Lioco. Really explores the pear-influenced aromas and flavors of unoaked Chardonnay. Pretty notes of ripe pear and red apple in the nose with hints of baby powder and honeysuckle. Love the texture on the palate - like biting into a fresh, ripe pear with the juicy fruit and the drying tannins of the skin. Bit of yeast on the finish adds body and roundness. Imminently gulpable, but to call this a "quaffer" would be somewhat insulting. About $15.