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Foxglove - Top Value Central Coast Chardonnay - 09/16/2013 - Chardonnay (domestic)

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2011 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay ($11.99)

The Varner brothers make some of our favorite value wines in California under their "negociant" label, Foxglove--always fruit-filled, balanced and polished--and this under $15 Chardonnay is a fantastic offering from the cool 2011 vintage. We like it, and so do the critics: the previous four vintages of Foxglove Chardonnay scored 90 or 91 in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, and have been called "one of the top values in California wine."

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 21, 2013

Another great little wine from Foxglove. This wine is distinctively less tropical than the 2010 vintage showing more pear, quince and even a hint of lime zest character. Fantastic value in CA Chard!

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2011 Foxglove Paso Robles Zinfandel ($13.99)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "While I thought the 2011 Foxglove Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles was too herbaceous to be recommended, I would not hesitate to drink the spicy, peppery, cherry and red and blue fruited 2011 Zinfandel Paso Robles. With 14% Petite Sirah included in the blend, it is a tank-fermented, naked, unmanipulated expression of Zinfandel fruit from Californias Central Coast offering plenty of crunchy berry fruit. Enjoy it over the next 12-18 months." (08/2013)

K&L Notes: Finally, the 2011 Foxglove Zinfandel is here! Brothers Bob and Jim Varner (Varner, Neely) make some of our favorite value wines in California under the Foxglove label--always fruit-filled, balanced and polished. Like its predecessors, this Zin is bright and fruity, with black cherry and plum aromas and flavors accented by hints of pepper and earthy spice. Also like its predecessors, however, unlike the Foxglove Chardonnay and Cab (two other wines you should definitely check out), the production on the Zin remains comparatively low. If you are as big of a fan of this wine as we are, be advised to act fast.