2008 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay "Ovation"
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 14.0%
Price at time of purchase: $45.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I was afraid this wine might be too old (in 2012) but instead found it to be my favorite Ovation to date. Very rich, almost sweet-feeling in the mouth, with an attractive, overt yeasty/leesy character. Nice density in the mouth, displaying fruit flavors of apple peel and lemon curd. Nice depth, long toasty finish. I've always really liked the Ovation style, but unfortunately I believe Freestone/Phelps has decided to stop making this wine after the 2010 vintage. Phooey! - HK 2012-06-15


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