Old, Reliable Chardonnay

Review: 2010 St Francis Chardonnay Sonoma County $14

(Full disclosure: this wine was received as a press sample.)
Despite recent complaining about the heat and the 2010 vintage in northern California, this Chardonnay is a welcome diversion.  Yes, it's everything you've come to expect from a California Chardonnay, but rather than being an overblown alcohol flab bomb, it's an irresistible quaff with focus and balance.  Appealing for its mid-weight body that unfolds easily with ripe flavors, it has a lovely, supple texture. 

As always, empirical evidence trumps analysis - and the first two pours of this wine disappeared in an instant.  Bravo.