Sheldrake Point Winery 2017 Chardonnay

The toasted oak on the nose gave me pause here – it somewhat overwhelms the citrus and tropical fruit character beneath. There is a hint of pencil eraser too. But once you take a sip, it’s much less overtly oaky. In fact, it’s pretty fruit-forward with a nice bit of mid-palate weight. Sweet lemon-lime fruit is layered with notes of pineapple, passionfruit, and papaya. There is a kiss of toasty oak, but just a kiss, with terrific, fresh acidity. All for less than $20.

Producer: Sheldrake Point Winery
Region: Finger Lakes AVA
ABV: 12.5%
Winemaking Notes: No MLF, aged with estate-grown oak staves
Price: $18*
Score: 88 points

* Review sample provided by the winery

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