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A creamy-textured Chardonnay that won’t break the bank

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Sometimes you just want a tasty Chardonnay. A rich, creamy-textured Chardonnay that won’t break the bank. Something fruity, but with some oakiness. That’s when you need to look to Josh Cellars and Josh Cellars Chardonnay.

Josh Cellars is a value line from Napa winery Joseph Carr, and this Chardonnay delivers plenty of bang for the buck. A blend of tank and barrel fermented fruit, this North Coast Vineyards Chardonnay showcases fruit from all over the county.

First look at the glass shows a bright, clear yellow Chardonnay. One sniff of the inviting stone fruit aromas—ripe white peaches, apricot and pear accented by tropical pineapple and delicate notes of honeysuckle and white rose petals, will have your mouth watering.

Your palate won't be disappointed, for, you’ll find lush peach, pear, citrus and tropical fruit in a creamy-textured, medium-bodied wine supported by just enough citrusy acidity. Balanced, and round, the flavor profile is gentle — ripe citrus summer fruit, melon, peach and pear with hints of apple, light oak, and apricot aligned with a touch of vanilla and smoke. This partially barrel-fermented wine has well-balanced acidity and a delicate creamy texture.

Overall, the wine is clean and fruity, the wood is nicely balanced, giving a touch of vanilla and smoke for complexity and depth. The finish is fresh, luscious and refreshingly long with bright flavors of grapefruit and lime. It’s fine to sip, without being overly tart.

This very enjoyable Chardonnay is excellent with food and a crowd pleaser. Serve it cool, not cold for the maximum benefits. Pair it with chicken cordon bleu, or drink it on its own for maximum pleasure.

You can find this wine at Circus Wines/Spirits Unlimited, 835 State Highway 35, Middletown, NJ 07748 for $13.99

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