Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Barkan Vineyards Classic Chardonnay

Barkan Vineyards Classic Chardonnay 2014
Dan, Israel

At the end of September I tasted the Barkan Pinot Noir -- now let's try their Chardonnay! This one comes to us from the kibbutz of Dan. The grapes are sourced from the Upper Galilee and Jerusalem Mountains.

Barkan Vineyards has a long wine-making history in the region, dating back to the beginning of the 19th century. In 2000 the winery was overhauled, becoming a modern center of wine-making in Israel.

Review: This Chardonnay is a pale golden yellow color, with ripe aromas of sweet meyer lemon, golden apple, and a hint of pineapple. On the palate the wine is dry, but with the tiniest hint of sweetness. A moderate level of acidity lends balance to the round body. The flavors from the nose come through on the palate with a short citrus finish. Unfortunately, there's a bit of bitterness that does linger on. 

Food Pairing: The freshness in the wine begs for a fresh, bright salad.

Bottom Line: Not my favorite Chardonnay -- that bit of bitterness is a bit too much! That being said, I enjoyed the fruit flavors and the structural balance of the wine. Not a home run for me, I respect the effort.



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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2014
  • PLACE: Upper Galilee and Jerusalem Mountains, Israel
  • GRAPES: Chardonnay
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: 2014
  • www.barkan-winery.co.il/

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced


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