I poured a woman a glass of 2008 Ojai Vineyard Solomon Hills Chard today. She takes a generous sip and a gives me a puzzled expression. She says, "this isn't Chardonnay! It's not oaky!" To which I replied that the oak flavors do not belong to the grape but the barrel in which it ages. She again looks at me cocking her head in wonder saying, "But it's not oaky!"
Thanks California for impairing another good grape variety!