2013 FEL Anderson Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1245434 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *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.  (5/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *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.  (3/2016)

Wine Spectator

 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)

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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.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.2