Elizabeth Spencer 2012 Napa Valley ChardonnayAnother great sipping wine I’m stocking up on to enjoy this summer is Elizabeth Spencer 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay.  For those who prefer a crisp, balanced Chardonnay that is light and refreshing – this is it.  Elizabeth Spencer Wines produced two 2012 Chardonnays:  Rutherford Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast (both $45).  On a recent visit I tasted both and preferred the Rutherford, though both are worthy of a spot in your cellar.

If there’s any left when you visit, also try the 2011 E x S Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($60).  Only 12 barrels produced and another one of my favorites from winemaker Spencer Graham.

Elizabeth Spencer Wines: 1165 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, California 94573

Tasting room open 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas.  Located across the street from the Rutherford Grill on the corner of Highway 29 and Rutherford Road.  A great place to visit, I will be posting more on the tasting room experience soon.

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Disclosure: The author is a member of this winery’s wine club.  Wines and other products or services described in this article were provided by the winery pursuant to benefits available to all club members. No free samples or other inducements were provided to the author in return for this review.