Somewhat floral aroma with toasted yeast, pears, and honey. Medium toasty body, opening and showing more fruit in the glass. Crisp, citric finish. A California sparkler that has taken on the depth and rounded flavors characteristic of vintage champagne, so sip it slowly. From the Ferrer family, one of the top cava producers in Spain with a couple decades of Carneros production under their belts, this wine is an amazing value. Grab it whenever you can find it.

WHO: Gloria Ferrer
WHAT: Chardonnay
WHERE: Carneros, California
WHEN: 2004
HOW MUCH: $16

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Becky Sue Epstein
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Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work appears in many national publications including Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television.