2010 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1084183 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay is one of the top values in California wine. It possesses tons of ripe, varietal fruit in a style that is quite rich but not heavy. Clean citrus and floral notes add freshness on the long finish. Lees stirring gives the wine much of its richness, while aging in steel helps maintain freshness. There is remarkable depth and textural finesse here, never mind a price that is mind-boggling for this level of quality. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. I was blown away by the two wines I tasted from Foxglove, Bob and Jim Varner’s negociant label. The Varners clearly have the magic touch. These are among the finest values readers will find anywhere in the world.  (8/2011)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* If not one to impress by way of noteworthy power or depth, this well-made wine gets it right with respect to fresh, nicely defined Chardonnay fruit. Its no-nonsense approach keys on the grape's crisp-apple themes with wispy highlights of lees off to the side. Its brisk finish is charged with plenty of cleansing acidity, and, while it will hold well for a couple of years, it is a thoroughly sympathetic partner to sundry seafoods right now.  (1/2012)

K&L Notes

The Varner brothers (Varner, Neely) make some of our favorite value wines in California under the Foxglove label--always fruit-filled, balanced and polished--and this under $15 Chardonnay is a fantastic offering from the cooler 2010 vintage. The majority of the fruit comes from Los Alamos in Santa Barbara County, with about a third coming from Paso Robles and Greefield in Monterery County. Leesy and rich, without being overtly buttery (this doesn't undergo malo) this vintage is packed with pear and citrus fruit, with a streak of minerals and great freshness. Better and more balanced than a lot of California Chardonnays twice the price.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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