Anterra 2011 Chardonnay, $6.79-$13.99, 89 points, poured a bright polished gold color, and smelled like the misty calm afterglow of a thunderstorm with hints of lilac and lemon.
The medium-plus body was crisp, slightly off dry (the label says dry), clean, had mineral notes with moderately acidic lemon flavors, and finished as it began, but with a touch of the 12% alcohol and ginger.
I loved this sleeper of a white wine, and I'm not the biggest fan of Chardonnay; this is not anything like a Cali Chardonnay (no butter here), but was produced in the Italian "traditional style" closer to a Chablis.
For the exorbitant sum of $6.79, I was very surprised and satisfied. Others will be disappointed with its lack of complexity, but food friendly and delicious with a lovely aroma and a long finish must stand for something.
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