2010 Londer "Ferrington Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay (Previously $30)

SKU #1127630 92 points Connoisseurs Guide

 Very fresh and still somewhat restrained green-apple fruit is met by appealing hints of sweet blossoms in the youthful aromas of this impeccably clean effort, and while all of the same traits are reiterated in its ensuing flavors, the wine exhibits a little greater range and depth in the mouth. Its suggestions of layering and its long, vibrant finish convince that aging will afford it complexity and more breadth, and it is a wine for which we are more than willing to wait.  (6/ 2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light, green-tinged gold. Musky, mineral-accented aromas of pear, yellow plum, jasmine and iodine. Juicy, penetrating orchard fruit flavors are braced by tangy acidity. Displays a sappy, tactile quality with air and finishes with strong cut and persistent mineral notes.  (5/ 2012)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 A white-fruited chardonnay, focused on Rainier cherries, jasmine and toasted lees, this has a coastal cool running through it. It's a fresh white to chill for crab season.  (8/ 2012)

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

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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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.4