JoieFarm 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay - 88pts

JoieFarm 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Direct from winery here and VQA stores
Cost: $22.90
Alcohol: 14.2%
Production: 901 cases
Date Tasted: May 15th, 2014

Tasting Notes: The JoieFarm Un-Oaked Chardonnay distinguishes itself from its peers by delivering a richly textured palate to accompany the standard, fruit-forward flavour profile: the main goal of all un-oaked Chardonnay producers. This characteristic elevates the wine's appeal, making it more palatable to oak-loving Chardonnay fans as well as to the A-B-C crowd (anything-but-Chardonnay). 

In 2012, this richness was achieved from near-perfect ripeness and concentration of flavours. In 2013, an above average, but, less than ideal growing season, this richness relies on a higher level of alcohol to contribute mouth-coating glycerol to balance out the bright, grapefruit acidity and the edgy, green apple flavours. A warm layer of tropical fruit aromas and flavours also help to tame the rawness of Chardonnay's intense, natural stonefruit and mineral characters. 

Enjoy this refreshing and well-made Chardonnay in its youth. Drink now-2016.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2014

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