Benziger Chardonnay 2008
Sangiacomo Vineyard (Carneros)
Made in the modern, ripe style, but with a greater degree of finesse than you might expect at this price. The wine is dry and crisp and minerally, with a clean mouthfeel, yet offers rich flavors of pineapples, green apples and peaches. Easy to find, with more than 12,000 cases produced. Editors' Choice. - S.H.