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2015 Martin Ray Winery Chardonnay "Bald Mountain Vineyard"

Winery: Martin Ray Winery

Vintage: 2015

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Bald Mountain Vineyard"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Santa Cruz Mountains

State or country: CA

Price: $35

Cases produced: 430

KWG Score: 90.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: May 13, 2017

Wine Review: This dark yellow colored Chardonnay opens with a mild pear like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is a tasty oak influenced clementine and green apple blend with notes of pineapple. I also detected a hint of white peach towards the end. The finish is dry and its acidity and flavors are nicely prolonged. This Chard is food friendly and was really enjoyed by Theresa and friends. They would pair it with parmesan crusted broiled scallops. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: A sophisticated wine with bright, tropical Key lime zest, creamy lemon meringue, juicy golden apples, and Asian pears layered on a decadent base of creme brulee and hints of vanilla pudding. It has a clean but broad palate that is honed nicely by its definitive minerality. Smooth and supple on the front and mid-palate, with bright acids along the sides and finish. Pair this elegant Chardonnay with ceviche with avocado and lime.

Organic status: not organic

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