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2008 Arrowood Chardonnay "Reserve Speciale"

Arrowood 2008 Reserve Speciale Chardonnay

Winery: Arrowood

Vintage: 2008

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Reserve Speciale"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Sonoma County

State or country: CA

Price: $40

Cases produced: 250

KWG Score: 91.6 (based on 5 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: May 13, 2011

Wine Review: This unfined Chardonnay is a slightly cloudy and pale yellow colored. It opens with a mild lemon and apricot bouquet with a hint of vanilla oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and shows a little viscosity. Overall I enjoyed its mouthfeel because it was nicely balanced between its mild acidity and fruit. The flavor profile is a tasty mild vanilla oak and gentle minerality infused ripe Bosc pear. The finish is dry and pleasant. I would pair this Very Good Chard with butternut squash ravioli smothered in a brown sage sauce. Enjoy- Ken

Winemaker Notes: The 2008 Reserve Speciale is a rich, plush wine with a bouquet of bright citrus, and hints of vanilla and honey. The palate is opulent and full bodied with layers of crisp tropical fruit, peach, and apple. Notes of hazelnut and a hint of complex oak flavors in the background are followed by a long, rich finish with nuances of spice and vanilla.

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