Mattebella Vineyards 2009 Famiglia Chardonnay ($17) is a well-priced chardonnay that offers aromas of juicy pear, lemon-lime citrus and white flowers.

Light-to-medium bodied, the palate delivers fruit flavors of pear and melon, with more citrus and a dusting of white pepper. Only a small percentage (under 20%) spent time in barrel, but that there is a touch of creaminess on the midpalate. Well-integrated, the acidity could be a bit more pronounced, but this wine is far from flabby.

Producer: Mattebella Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
ABV: 12.9%
Price: $17*| Buy now from Empire State Cellars

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)