JoieFarm 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay - 89pts

JoieFarm 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery. Private wine shops like Marquis Cellars.
Cost: $23 (direct)
Alcohol: 13.2%
Date Tasted: April 17th, 2010

Tasting Notes: Un-oaked Chardonnays offer the drinker a glimps at the Burgundian white grape's raw characteristics as opposed to traditional oaked Chardonnays which often do a better job at highlighting the winemaker's skill and quality of the winery's barrels. The JoieFarm example shows how the versatile Chardonnay grape can offer impressive complexity of fruit and mineral flavours without the aid of barrel fermenting or aging.

Careful attention to the blending of grapes from Naramata, Oliver and Osoyoos as well as the addition of 16% Chardonnay Musque presents a complex and balanced wine with aromas of green apple skins, sweetened shredded coconut and canned pineapple. The palate offers orchard fruits, pineapple, lees and the minerality of polished riverbed stones. A quality and tasty, full-textured wine with good acidity and fruit concentration and just an echo of residual sugar. Definitely a Chardonnay for the A-B-C (Anything But Chardonnay) crowd.
 - Liam Carrier and Hugh Carter

See also:
JoieFarm 2008 Reserve Chardonnay
JoieFarm 2008 PTG

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