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Flora Springs Chardonnay 2012, Napa Valley

1088078xDennis Sodomka, writing in The Augusta Chronicle, recommended this “full and rich wine” boasting aromas of “peach, pear and apple”.

He said: “Napa Valley produces exceptional Chardonnay, and Flora Springs has been winning medals with it since the first vintage in 1978. And at around $20 it is a steal.

“The lure starts with lush aromas of peach, pear and apple with hints of spice. The wine is made in a lean style, with just a little oak influence, bringing flavours of green apples, tropical fruit and citrus. The crisp acidity is balanced by an underlying creaminess, creating a full, rich wine.

“The grapes come from estate vineyards in three highly renowned growing regions in the Napa Valley: Oakville, Carneros, and St. Helena. Blending fruit from the warmer appellations on the valley floor and the cool, rolling hills of Carneros creates a Chardonnay with great intensity and restraint. The grapes all come from sustainably farmed vineyards.

“The wine is aged in 34 percent French oak barrels, 33 percent natural oak ovals and 33 percent stainless steel tanks.

“The key word for this wine is balance. Everything is blended perfectly to create a balanced wine with some depth and complexity.”

Price: $19-21

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