A third option is to pay a few dollars more, but for a lot more wine. And all the better when that fine wine is on sale too. Such is the case with Foxglove Chardonnay, and “un-oaked” wine, which means it was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks rather than oak barrels. Thus, it doesn’t have the heavy, woody or buttery flavors that can be so over-the-top in many affordable California chards.
“It exhibits crisp honeyed lemon, citrus, poached pear, and honeysuckle notes intermixed with a hint of pineapple,” Parker wrote in the August 2010 Wine Advocate. “However, it is the zesty acidity, stunning purity, and delightful balance this naked Chardonnay possesses that make it so appealing. Enjoy it over the next year.”
At its $16-a-bottle release price, Parker thinks Foxglove Chardonnay leads a “terrific portfolio of values” from Varner Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. We’re not sure we’d get the poached pear Parker detects, but we’d have to agree generally about Varner's Foxglove label, having recommended Foxglove Zinfandel on more than one occasion.
And the occasion to try the chardonnay is now, since it’s on sale for $13.99 a bottle (regularly $16.99) at Paul’s of Chevy Chase. The wine sells for $16 to $20 a bottle at wine shops throughout DC, Maryland and Virginia, and it’s probably well worth the full price. (See the slideshow for other local wine shops that carry Foxglove Chardonnay.)
But $14 a bottle is a stock-up price for chardonnay lovers.
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