Fetzer "Valley Oaks" Chardonnay 2008 wine review (Real time) by (PB)
Light golden straw hue with ample bouquet of tropical fruit with melon, powdery vanilla and cream notes.
Palate--Racy acidity, with solid structure and loads of citrusy, tropical fruit compote all wrapped into one big fruity, value Chard. It even has a finish that let's you know what you've been drinking after the fact.
Remember the axiom, "You get what you pay for when buying wine." That's actually a pretty good rule to a certain extent. One Exception are "value wines" which are wines that trump the wisdom of the rule. There can be numerous reasons why a wine is inexpensive with respect to the quality you get. One is production.
Fetzer kicked out nearly 630,000 cases of this wine. That is a HUGE production which yields an economy of scale. this wine is typically found for $9 but Trader Joe's sells it for $7. At either price, it is a value wine and received Wine Spectator's "Best Buy" designation. See? I wouldn't steer you wrong.
I will pair this with some kind of Haddock and fiddle head fern dish this evening so raise a glass!