Chardonnay Sans Oak 2020

Chardonnay Sans Oak 2020

Chardonnay Sans Oak 2020

Regular price $15.97

Country USA
Region New York
Sub-Region Finger Lakes - Seneca Lake
Farming Sustainable/Minimal intervention
Soil Honeoye Silt Loam
Variety 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol 11.5%
Size 750 ML
Pairings Shellfish, Poultry, Cheese

Oaked Chardonnay has become a bit polarizing in recent years. There seems to be 2 camps: people who request and seek out oaky Chardonnay and people who declare that they HATE Chardonnay because they hate the buttery, oaky flavor...

For those who fall into the latter camp -- good news! 1) The Chardonnay grape itself does not have a "buttery or oaky" flavor. Those flavors and textures come from the stylistic decisions in the winery to use new oak. 2) There are more and more producers making Chardonnay without the influence of oak (like this wine!) so it's the perfect time to give it another try. 

This very approachable wine has notes of fresh pears, golden apples and zippy citrus. Super crushable and YUM!

About Red Tail Ridge
Red Tail Ridge Winery (RTR) is a James Beard Award semifinalist (2019, 2020) boutique winery in the Finger Lakes of New York, that specializes in Riesling, Chardonnay, Blaufrankisch, Pinot, Dornfelder and Teroldego. They make small batches of handmade wine and are minimal interventionists, preferring to do all the work upfront in the vineyard, during the growing season. RTR utilizes sustainable practices in their winegrowing process; and is the first LEED Gold Certified winery in New York State. All heating and cooling for wine production is provided by geothermal energy. Wine is made by Nancy Irelan.

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