2017 Foxglove Chardonnay Central Coast
The Foxglove Chardonnay is one of those wines that you frequently see listed in write ups with headlines like “Best summer white wine buys,” or “Best whites under $15.” That was how I first learned about it. I can’t remember the list that I read a couple years ago, but I remember seeking this wine out as a result, and really enjoying it.
To see it pop at Costco for only $11.99 is a real treat. It’s $15+ at most online outlets, and I believe that’s about what I paid for it before when I saw it at Total Wine.
The reason I really enjoy this bottle is because the style really lets the fruit shine through. It’s not packed with butter, cream and oak. Quite the contrary actually, this wine tastes to me more like a Chablis, or even an Albarino, than it does a California Chardonnay by traditional standards.
The fruit is mostly from Santa Barbara county with a little coming from Paso. The wine pours a medium gold color in the glass and has tropical fruit on the nose. That tropical fruit carries into the flavors in the mouth of lemon, pineapple, and orange peel.
The wine is medium in body with a good dose of acidity. Super clean and crisp into the finish. There’s just a lot to like here for $12, and this wine really does check every box, including price.
If you find this one now, it might be worth stocking up for the summer. I imagine most people who know about this wine, and who have tasted it, won’t hesitate to scoop a few up at only $12 a bottle.
I bought four, but wish I had more now that I’ve tasted this 2017 vintage and it delivers the goods. I’m going to add to our Top Picks list.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 90 points (a Costco Wine Top Pick)
Costco item number: 550130
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)