2013 Firestone Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Ynez Valley
Great price on this bottle right now, and the wine was pretty good too. Normally $11.99, this wine has $6 off at my Costco now until Nov 27th, so at $5.99, this becomes a better buy, and really a decent everyday white to stock up on. Online, this wine sells for closer to $20, so $5.99 is a good deal.
The wine started pleasant on the nose with tropical fruit aromas and subtle oak; medium body, gentle acidity; creamy with vanilla, butter and oak, a touch more wood than I would prefer since I feel it started to mask some of the real fruit beneath – pineapple, pear, apricot; the wine finishes a little abrupt leaving a lasting oak presence.
At the discounted $5.99 price there’s not a lot out there to compare this wine to, so I would say buy it. Priced much more than this, there are a few other Costco Chards that are more of my style and preference, and not priced much more than this one. But if you prefer a Chard that leans a hair more towards the oak and butter, you might find this one to be a real winner.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 86 Points
Costco item number: 720006
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA