Wagner “Barrel Fermented” Chardonnay 2015: $13 Good

The Wagner Vineyards “Barrel Fermented” Chardonnay (Finger Lakes, NY) 2015 $13 [Good] has attractive aromas, reminiscent of a spicy apple turnover.  The flavors are weaker and do not live up to the promise of the nose.  Bitter and salty flavors also detract.

Bright dark lemon in color, moderately intense aromas of sweet ripe apple, vanilla, wax, brown spice and a bitter note are attractive.  Medium bodied, dry, with a silky mouth feel, balance is OK.  Thin flavors of vanilla, wax, spice and ripe apple have moderate intensity and are touched by unappealing bitter, woody, and salty notes.  The fruit fades quickly in the unbalanced finish, replaced by salty and bitter notes.  January 2017 


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