2010 Joseph Phelps / Freestone Vineyards Chardonnay "Ovation"
Sonoma Coast, California
WB Rating: 90

Alcohol by volume: 14.4%
Price at time of purchase: $45.00 (Winery)
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I sometimes prefer the "Ovation" Chardonnay to the more austere (and more expensive) "Freestone" bottling. This beautifully balanced wine shows a complex mix of buttery, spicy lemon and orange citrus fruit along with toast, yeasty lees, and roasted nut flavors. Round, smooth, pure, and refreshing in the mouth. Probably my favorite Ovation yet; unfortunately it's also the last since for some reason Phelps has discontinued the "Ovation" bottling. - HK 2012-08-06


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