The color is a lovely pale gold. The nose offers up a fruit tart, a pastry crust filled with baked pears and hints of citrus. Mouth feel is full and round. Flavors on the palate are more floral than on the nose, with honeysuckle joining sweet and tart apples, lemon, and hints of ginger. Tarter fruit and pastry linger. Drink this wine with stuffed flounder, letting the zingy acidity cut through the rich crab and sauce.  Highly Recommended. 90 points. DBH

WHO: Gary Farrell
WHAT: Chardonnay
DESIGNATION: “Russian River Selection”
WHERE: Russian River Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $35   (media sample)