2014 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1307607 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made by some of the best Chardonnay winemakers in California, Jim and Bob Varner, the value-priced 2014 Chardonnay released under the Foxglove label sports a light gold color to go with exotic notes of pineapples, melon, citrus blossom, spice and hints of green herbs. Supple, forward and straight-up delicious on the palate, with no hard edges and a clean, classy profile, it's a steal at the price and will drink nicely for a year or three. Readers looking for killer values need look no further than this Foxglove releases from Jim and Bob Varner. (JD)  (10/2016)

90 points Vinous

 The highlight in this range from Foxglove, the 2014 Chardonnay packs a serious punch for the money. Bright, juicy and exuberant, the Foxglove Chardonnay will thrill readers looking for a budget-priced Chardonnay. Lemon peel, white flowers and mint meld together in a rich, beautifully layered Chardonnay long on class. Aging in steel and blocked malolactic fermentation keep the flavors bright, but there is no shortage of depth or intensity. This is a fabulous wine, especially considering its modest price. (AG)  (7/2016)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2017 | Send Email
An absolutely fantastic value Chardonnay that truly delights. Stylistically, this wine is crisp and lean, verging almost Burgundian in style. No malolactic fermentation in the winemaking process, and all stainless steel aging. The Central Coast sun does allow for a certain level of ripeness to develop, lending itself to exhibit tropical fruit notes. On the nose, pineapple and melon aromas initially, with orchard fruits like white pear and pear emerging along with citrus zest. Tertiary notes of citrus blossom, green herbs, mint, and stones. On the palate, the wine is juicy and lively. No richness from oak, but the round nature of Chardonnay inherently does come through, as does the ripeness of fruit. Crisp and minerally on the finish. For the unassuming price of this wine, there is definitely no shortage of flavor and liveliness all for under $15.

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2017 | Send Email
All tank-fermented and lee-stirred with no malolactic, this is outrageously delicious Chardonnay showing plenty of white currant, pineapple, and tangerine skin notes, with gorgeous fruit purity, medium body, crisp acidity, and lots of n varietal fruit that is surprisingly complex and rich with great zestiness. I love what the Varner Brothers can do to a grape varietal, without putting a heavy thumb print on it.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2017 | Send Email
The delicious 2014 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay is a phenomenal value for anyone who desires a clean, full bodied, unoaked Chardonnay. The wine doesn't undergo malolactic fermentation, and bright citrus fruit and earthy minerality shine through. The second label of Varner, the Foxglove label consistently offers elegant, high quality wines from premier vineyards at remarkable prices.

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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, M√Ęcon, 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.


- 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.