Ravines Chardonnay 2015: $20 Very Good

The Ravines Wine Cellars Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $20 [Very Good] is an oaked Chardonnay, with solid flavors of apple, peach, citrus and oaky spice.  It proved to be better on the cold side.  Drink it with food.

Dark straw yellow in color, the aromas show ripe apple, white peach and citrus accompanied by a good deal of oaky spice, with additional notes of menthol and smoky mineral.  It is an attractive and interesting set of aromas.  Medium bodied, very dry and tart, an underlying saline streak gives the wine a lip smacking quality.  Solid flavors of ripe apple, peach, citrus, vanilla, brown spice, a light bitter note and smoky mineral seem more forceful after first opening, losing some power over the course of a meal.  The finish is tart, restrained, and linear with some peppery spice and good length.  November 2017  


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