Foxglove Chardonnay
Staff Pick

Foxglove Chardonnay - 2018

Item # 14374 750mL
$15.96/ Single Bottle
$191.52 $172.37/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

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 wine region located close to the Pacific Ocean. The Valley's cool, foggy summers and clay-loam soils produce a well-balanced, mineral-driven, beautifully complex wine.

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Staff Pick Notes

Jim Varner has done it again. Yes, that Jim Varner! In case you don't know, he is one of California's top Chadonnay producers. This time, he brings us Foxglove, a very well-balanced, accessible, beautiful wine that can stand proudly among Varner's body of work. This is a serious wine; it is unoaked and doesn't go through malolactic fermentation. The focus here is on fruit -- ripe, high-quality fruit that will play ball with more "serious" wines at twice the price (I'm looking at you, Mâconnais). On the nose, there are notes of pineapple, green apple, and zippy lemon tone. The palate shows a rich but retrained body. Tangerines and a light grassiness transform into a surprisingly long finish. This wine is lean, mean, and a fantastic value. Don't miss it!

- EG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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