2017 Martinelli Chardonnay Charles Ranch
Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma, CA
 
WB Rating: 91

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
Price at time of purchase: $58.00 (from winery)
 
Type: Chardonnay
Principal varietal(s): Chardonnay

I sometimes find the Charles Ranch a little steely and lacking charm, but not this one. While maintaining a beautiful acid tang, it is nicely filled out with apple and stone fruit flavors and a dense (and typical) mineral component. Fresh as springtime, with lovely floral notes. The high alcohol level is not noticeable at all - which seems to be a hallmark of many Martinelli gems. - HK 2021-05-01

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