Ravine Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay Barrel Select 2009, Niagara Peninsula VQA
This is not a weighty bombshell of chardonnay but rather a serious, well-crafted example showing great restraint and notable verve. There is both a refreshing lightness and vibrancy about this wine despite a its submission to a substantial French oak treatment and time on the lees. A failed attempt at malolactic fermentation here yielded a very elegant and surprisingly balanced wine with an almost ethereal quality on the palate. Score: 90 (Sara d'Amato, WineAlign.com, Mar 2013)
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This is a solid barrel fermented Chardonnay offering fresh cool climate notes to the typical woodsy vanilla cream that we all love in Chardonnay. Structured with a solid finish.
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