Red Tail Ridge “Sans Oak” Chardonnay 2014: $12 Very Good

The Red Tail Ridge “Sans Oak” Chardonnay (Doyle Fournier Vineyard, Finger Lakes, NY) 2014 $12 [Very Good] is a terrific bargain.  No oak barrels touched this wine.  The pure and fresh Chardonnay fruit just sings its lovely varietal song.  Very well balanced and quite flavorful, this is a wine to stock up on, an excellent buy.

Pale green-ish lemon in color, the nose is very attractive, showing scents of apple, creamy papaya, citrus, wax, and subtle smoky mineral.  Medium bodied, round, lightly viscous, with lively acidity, the creamy/waxy flavors of apple, white peach, mango and citrus are pure, well-focused, with nice concentration.  The fruit is lightly inflected by a mineral note.  The finish is harmonious and balanced, with very good length, ending with a petit acid tang and a touch of peppery mineral.  June 2015

Note:  According to Matthew Doyle, the Doyle Fournier Vineyard is located on the east side of Seneca lake, and has predominately Honeoye silt loam soils.  The site was planted by Charles Fournier when he worked for Gold Seal Winery during the 1970's.  This vineyard is located in the "banana belt,” an area that is typically warmer then most spots in the Finger Lakes.


© Douglas Hillstrom 2014