2007 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay "Ovation"
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 14.1%
Price at time of purchase: $44.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

Almost 40% of this delicious Chardonnay comes from "central" Russian River vineyards (18% Bacigalupi, 21% Dutton Ranch), while the rest comes from the cooler estate vineyards in the Freestone area - which is also nominally part of the Russian River sub-appellation of the Sonoma Coast. In any case, it's a lovely, rich blend showing ripe, almost sweet citrus and pear fruit along with a pronounced yeasty character. Soft and elegant in the mouth but with nice acid balance. Expensive, but there's no arguing with the quality. - HK 2010-03-13


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