Costing about $29 with 13,2% alcohol, the 2013 Carpe Diem Chardonnay from the Anderson Valley in Californian scored a nice 16+ Dionysian points out of a possible 20.

Creamy, rich, with apple and butter, the wine, at seven years old, is peaking. It was good to “seize the day” as the wine’s name means in Latin.

It was served with a pork dish and showed that it was a food wine.

The wine comes from a fog-shrouded area in Northern California, and the cooler area helps keep the natural acids. I’ve had this wine before at five and nine years old, but I think it’s best at seven. It’s color is deepening from straw to darker gold. Try it. In Vino Veritas.