2012 C. Donatiello Winery Chardonnay Middle Reach
Russian River, Sonoma, California
WB Rating: 86

Alcohol by volume: 14.2%
Price at time of purchase: $38.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I expected more oomph from this wine, which comes from prime Russian River territory and is treated to 50% new oak. Fairly full in the mouth, but also a little heavy-feeling and enervated. Tropical fruit flavors, but these are dominated by more oaky tones, and there doesn't seem to be enough acid to give it a lively feel. I'm maybe being too hard on this wine - it's tasty, just not up to my usual expectations for Donatiello Chardonnays. - HK 2015-12-02


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