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Noble Ridge King's Ransom Chardonnay

Noble Ridge King's Ransom Chardonnay 2017

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada2017 King's Ransom is the pinnacle of chardonnay at Noble Ridge, following the same primary path as the Reserve: a mix of French clones 76 and 95 grown on north sloping glacial and fluvial deposits of sand, gravel, and rock inside the new Okanagan Falls sub-GI. The difference begins with the ageing of 14 months in 100 percent new oak barrels, and 50 percent of the juice going through an acid-softening malolactic fermentation. There is an undeniable richness here brought on by the amount of new oak, beginning with a spicy vanilla nose. The attack is much riper with a full-on sheen of honey, ripe apple, peach, and butterscotch notes in the back end. A bit old style but this will have its legion of admirers. The "rich and rich" match is pan-seared scallops, truffle prawn risotto, pecan-crusted halibut, or lobster.Tasted: 02 May 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 49.99 winery online, select private retailers Producer: Noble Ridge Vineyard and WineryDistributors: Noble Ridge Winery
Grape: ChardonnayCSPC: 228706UPC: 626990333234