The Armchair Critic Tumbarumba Chardonnay

This is the best sub-$20 chardonnay of the year. There you have it! I almost fell off my (arm) chair when the inaugural 2009 vintage hit the streets earlier this year, and the proof has just landed that Armchair Critic is no one-hit-wonder. Quite the contrary. I like the new vintage more. A lot more. It perfectly juxtaposes the cool, mineral edge of Tumbarumba with restrained almond oak and the complexity of lees contact. It’s beautifully textured, with a lingering lemon juice tail and an exciting future in front of it. $17 at WineStar.