Original tasting and review : This is Harken Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, California, 2015, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled one year from vintage date, in September, 2016. Harken with its barrel fermented chardonnay is aiming for an old school style, replete with oaky notes, butterscotch and the like... the sort of elements that lured many of to wines in the 1970's and 1980's, and which have been purged from many labels in the intervening decades. Grapes are sources from the Arroyo Seco AVA of Salinas Valley, California, nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and Monterey Bay. Let's see how this chardonnay fares...
Inspired by this wine: Sitting and chatting comfortably, let's head up the hill for a campfire with a view!
In the glass: Medium deep golden, with tiny hints of olive green.
On the nose: Poured at chilled temperature and swirled vigorously, colleagues say this shows a light, sweet fruit with hints of citrus.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact recreating a sweet fruit tart with crispy crust and ripe but bright pears. The mid-palate brings bright fruit up into your cheeks, which holds for awhile and slowly fades towards a clean, wispy finish. That experience is supported by a solid roundness in the texture.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, just touching a plus because of its sweet and lively essence. In the context of its attractive price point, this rates as a good value on our scale.
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