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2014 Pine Ridge Chardonnay "Dijon Clone"

Winery: Pine Ridge

Vintage: 2014

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Dijon Clone"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $38

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 91 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91)

Review date: March 27, 2017

Wine Review: This nice bright yellow colored Chardonnay from Pine Ridge is very good and was one of my top finds at the Boston Wine Expo. It opens with a pleasant mild green apple and gentle oak bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a very tasty gentle oak influenced Bosc pear with hints of green apple. The finish is dry and its flavors drift away nicely. This Chard is very food friendly and would pair nicely with lobster bisque. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Gleaming radiant gold, our 2014 Dijon Clones Chardonnay sings from the glass with enticing aromas of lemon peel, fresh white flowers and citrus blossom, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon tart, ground nutmeg and honeyed graham cracker. The wine exhibits a rounded mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of pineapple juice, sweet candied lemon and creamy lemon curd, leading into hints of white nectarine, yellow pear and vanilla bean that linger through the clean, lasting finish. This supple Chardonnay would pair wonderfully with a variety of seafood dishes, such as shrimp fra diavolo.

Organic status: not organic

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