2016 Foxglove Central Coast Chardonnay

SKU #1384699 90-91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Chardonnay is fabulous. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is especially broad, with plenty of tropically leaning fruit, peach and apricot flavors. Lees stirring adds textural richness, but the malolactic fermentation is blocked. The 2016 was not bottled at the time of my tastings, as the Varners wanted to give the wine more time on its lees. Quite simply, this is one of the best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across. (AG)  (9/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always a terrific value, the 2016 Chardonnay from Foxglove is excellent, offering up lovely aromas of citrus, melon and apricot, followed by an elegantly satiny, succulent palate with excellent balance and a flavorful finish. It's hard to think of a better Chardonnay for the money than this offering from the dynamic Varner brothers. (WK)  (4/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "100% Chardonnay, 96% Los Alamos Santa Barbara County, 4% Paso Robles. Clone 4 and Dijon Clones, vines between 13 and 33 years old, 630-1,000 ft elevation. Planted on rolling hills of sandy loam and loam soils. Fermented cold (62F) in Stainless steel, lees stirred, no malo-lactic fermentation."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
The wine has one major flaw...it's just way too good for the price. Seriously...I think this wine would be taken much more seriously if it were twice as expensive and it definitely would hold it's own on the quality front. The Varner brothers have been crushing it with their Foxglove label for years now but this release is a notable step up in quality in my humble opinion. Lovely purity, perfectly ripe fruit, saline / coastal minerality and just the right textural weight without any new oak. This is the definition of a wine punching above its weight and I'm just thrilled to see some of the country's top critics recognizing that and shouting it loud and clear.
Top Value!

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/19/2019 | Send Email
Full confession: I’ve known Bob and Jim Varner for a while now. They’re regular visitors to the Redwood City store, and Bob got me my first job in wine production a few years ago. Regardless of how much we love the winemakers in Redwood City, we love their wines even more. Without a doubt, Foxglove is the best domestic value Chardonnay, period. They meticulously choose their vineyard sources for fruit that has brilliant natural acidity and bright fruit character so the wines can forego oak treatments and barrel aging. The result is a stunningly beautiful chardonnay that blows away anything even remotely near its price point. Here’s the kicker: the 2016 is the best vintage of this mainstay I have ever had. Racy and aromatic, with a creamy weight behind pure, chardonnay flavors of lemon and apple blossom. You deserve to have a case of this hanging around the house for a weeknight dinner, or whenever an unexpected guest drops by--I’m sure they’ll be impressed.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2018 | Send Email
Best Chard in the store for the money, and has been so for almost a decade. Bright ripe fruit with subtle leesy richness.

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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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8