St. Helena, Napa Valley, CA; 14.3% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 10 Feb
This wine, from a specific vineyard in Napa in a riper year, seemed promising. It is indeed pretty good for the price.
On the first night, the nose is a underwhelming. The palate is also a little muted but pretty tasty, showing typical Chardonnay flavors of yellow apple, lemon, a little pear, and vanilla, in a gently viscous body. I thought warming it up a bit from fridge temp allowed the flavors to come forth better.
The next day, I preferred how the fruit and the acid were more forward, and the body less viscous. The wine is still nicely smooth, even, and pleasantly complex. Thumbs Up.