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Here’s a chardonnay for lovers of the wines that sing, as Keats wrote of the nightingale, “in full-throated ease,” yet retain perfect balance among all elements. The FEL Wines Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay 2017, from Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley AVA, is rich and alluring but tempered by bright acidity and a keenly-wrought quality of limestone and damp gravel. The color is medium straw-gold; classic aromas of ripe pineapple and grapefruit are heightened by notes of quince and preserved lemon, jasmine and cloves and an airy touch of mountain pine; lithe and vibrant, with tremendous presence on the palate, this single-vineyard chardonnay delivers a meadowy version of stone-fruit flavors that bloom with baking spices, every aspect culminating in a finish awash with chalk and limestone. 13.9 percent alcohol. Winemaker Ryan Hodgins produced 218 cases of this gratifying chardonnay. Now through 2023 or ’24. Excellent. About $48.
A sample for review.