"Perhaps the great value in Chardonnay in the marketplace today, this wine, made by the highly talented Varner Winery...Read more...
a wonderful chardonnay whose oak isn't anything to cry over; it actually compliments the wine and isn't the main character on stage but a comfortab... Read more
Enjoyed this mildly-oaked Chard with our Thanksgiving dinner. It had a nice minerality. Would also be nice with cheese! Read more
Nothing over-oaky, which is nice. Maybe a slight hint of mineral on the midpalate to finish, pushing the fruit away from the straw. Felt a bit more... Read more
Food Pairings for Foxglove Chardonnay Varner California San Luis Obispo County Varner Jim and Bob
a wonderful chardonnay whose oak isn't anything to cry over; it actually compliments the wine and isn't the main character on stage but a comfortable backdrop; nice butterscotch, apple, pear, and even a hint of banana notes on a medium bodied wine.
Enjoyed this mildly-oaked Chard with our Thanksgiving dinner. It had a nice minerality. Would also be nice with cheese!
Nothing over-oaky, which is nice. Maybe a slight hint of mineral on the midpalate to finish, pushing the fruit away from the straw. Felt a bit more like a French chard which is always a pleasure. Not a long lasting finish which is why I'm not pushing it to the 3.5 range.
Great Taste, ODD SMELL.
good for the money
External Reviews for Foxglove Chardonnay Varner California San Luis Obispo County Varner Jim and Bob
Made by Bob Varner, one of California's Chardonnay mavens, this wine showcases the Edna Valley with its intense citrus, and tropical fruit profile, creamy richness, and underlying crispness that somehow keeps this substantial white balanced and refreshing.
Very pale, bright yellow. Aromas of lemon ice tea and minerals. Nicely concentrated and ripe on entry, then firm in the middle palate. The lemon flavor continues through the wine, but the finish betrays a slight bitter edge.
A new offering, the 2005 Foxglove is basically a second label. It is a combination of estate grown fruit blended with Edna Valley grapes. About 15% is barrel fermented in old oak. The result is an outstanding white wine possessing attractive aromas of lemon oil, white corn, crushed rocks, and white currants as well as a steely crispness reminiscent of a top-notch Chablis. Drink it over the next 1-3 years.
The 18,000 cases of 2006 Fox Glove Chardonnay should not last long in the marketplace. 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 aciditiy, and oodles of naked varietal fruit that is surprisingly complex and rich with great zestiness. Drink it over the next 12-18 months.
Resembling an extra-ripe Chablis, the 2007 Foxglove is less buttery than previous vintages, yet maintains the apple, pear and apricot fruit notes. Excellent fruit with a minimal amount of oak and mouthwatering acidity, easily paired with many chicken and shrimp dishes.
Foxglove is the brainchild of brilliant winemaker Bob Varner, who is renowned for the Varner wines he crafts with his brother. This Chardonnay is sourced from Edna Valley, a small appellation located close to the Pacific Ocean. The cool, foggy summers and the clay-loam soils produce a well-balanced, mineral-driven, beautifully complex wine.
"Perhaps the great value in Chardonnay in the marketplace today, this wine, made by the highly talented Varner Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, comes from fruit accessed in Californias Edna Valley. With malolactic blocked but with lees stirring, this 25,000-case cuvee provides terrific notes of tropical fruit and poached pear in a fleshy, medium-bodied style with obvious minerality and precision. This is a remarkable effort that is fresh, lively, and best drunk over the next 1-2 years." - erobertparker.comCheese Pairings: Comte, Epoisses, Humboldt Fog ChevreFood Pairings: Lobster Risotto, Baked Peach Chicken
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