2013 FEL Anderson Valley Chardonnay (Previously $28)
*Two Stars, Good Value* Rich in ripe apple fruit and long on sweet oak with touches of toast, roasted grain and a note of fresh lemon tossed in for good measure, Fel's Anderson Valley appellation bottling is a deep and generous wine of real ambition. It is moderately full-bodied with a firming streak of fruity acidity keeping it lively and vital, and, if still on the young side and all of its parts are not yet knit together, this is a Chardonnay with pieces aplenty and a fine future ahead. It commends keeping for at least a year or two, and it has the potential to keep growing for a good many more.
*Editors' Choice* For a change of pace, this almost electric wine instantly energizes the taste buds. Aromas recall kiwi fruit and fresh-cut pears. The texture is lively, fresh and pure, with good acid balance and a lingering, tangy finish. Pair it with simple preparations of fish and shellfish.
Fresh and juicy, with a pithy edge to the green apple, pear and honeydew melon flavors, ending a bit raw and edgy. (Web Only—2015)