Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Hands of Time 2012 Chardonnay, $15-$30, 89 points, poured a deep polished gold color.
Smells of apple, honeysuckle, a hint of vanilla and caramel were all good.
Medium-bodied carried fair acidity and a medium smooth texture with flavors reflective of the nose with an undercurrent of melon were also good.
Finished fair on the trailing palate, a touch of white pepper, and a slightly noticeable 14.5% alcohol.
I doubt that the wine maker was trying to make a statement with this wine, but rather crafting a really good white table wine that will pair well with many a cuisine presentation, and for me it worked!
I bought this wine at the Hannaford's Super Market in South Manchester.
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Vineyard's Fact sheet:
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley
Fermentation: 40% stainless steel 72% oak barrels
Malolactic Fermentation: 40%
Barrel Aging: 8.5 months sur lies 8% new oak
Cases Produced: 6,363