2012 Martinelli Chardonnay Martinelli Road
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 92

 
Alcohol by volume: 15.3%
Price at time of purchase: $48.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

There seems to be an extra layer of fat to the 2012 Martinelli Road Chardonnay, yet it maintains a pristine clean feel and freshness in the mouth despite its 15.3% alcohol level. Flavors reminded me of liquified pears and banana with buttery baking pastry and a hint of orange blossom honey. And constraining it all a compact, mineral undercarriage. Really lovely Chardonnay that's not remotely tired-feeling as it nears age 4. - HK 2015-12-16

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