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Noble Ridge King's Ransom Chardonnay
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16½/20

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