Well, My Readers, I apologize for being tardy getting out the Wine of the Week. Mea culpa and several slaps with a wet noodle.

So, if you’re tired of slogging through damp wood, and if you’re looking for a minerally chardonnay to go with those grilled shrimp or salmon (which is what we drank this with), try the Sebastiani Unoaked Chardonnay 2008, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County. Made all in stainless steel, but going through malolactic fermentation, this is a delightful chardonnay, not a word one uses often in connection with this grape variety. Clean, fresh and steely, the wine offers hints of spiced lemon and baked apple in the nose, along with an abundance of limestone and gun-flint. The texture is sleek and satiny, and the wine, balancing moderate richness and lushness with vibrant acid, is lively and resonant. Citrus and pear flavors are permeated by subtle tones of baking spice and a plethora of shale and limestone. Not a wine for aging, but should retain its charm through the Spring or Summer of 2010. Very Good+. About $18.