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2013 MacPhail Chardonnay "Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road"

Winery: MacPhail

Vintage: 2013

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Pratt Vineyard Vine Hill Road"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Russian River Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $45

Cases produced: 578

KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Excellent (94)

Review date: April 21, 2016

Wine Review: This bright yellow colored Chardonnay from MacPhail is Excellent! It opens with an attractive mild pineapple cake and pear bouquet with hints of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, slightly acidic and juicy. The flavor profile is a tasty vanilla oak and pear blend with notes of lemon and pineapple. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Chardonnay is very food friendly and would pair well with lobster bisque with a touch of sherry. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Well drained sandy Goldridge soil with wonderful natural acidity and low pH set the stage for Chardonnay with aromas of white peach and lemon curd, citrus blossoms and gardenias and for the romantic, white rose petal. Bright, lively acid with oak that hides a bit, subtle but insistent. Flavors of white peach and not so puckery grapefruit are framed in a medium-bodied wine that is flat out refreshing. The ABC crowd meets its match here, she's a head turner.

Organic status: not organic

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