2013 Yarden "Odem" Chardonnay Galilee (Kosher for Passover)

SKU #1249622 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Chardonnay Odem Organic (Yarden) is sourced from 1989 vines at 1,200 meters, which the winery calls "the highest and coolest in all of Israel." It was aged for seven months in French oak (70% new) and comes in with 14.5% alcohol and 3.0 grams per liter of residual sugar (dry, but not steely). This seems to handle its oak well at this point in its life, showing reasonable freshness, good balance and an easy drinking demeanor. Only moderately concentrated and not particularly intense, it compensates with a tasty finish and surprisingly lively feel. These can age a bit, perhaps better than I suggest here, but I'm not sure the rewards from aging always match the risks. It is drinking well now. (MS)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Apple pie, butterscotch and baking spice notes mingle in this medium-bodied white, supported by crisp acidity. Fresh herb, floral and mineral accents line the finish. Kosher. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. (GS, Web-2015)

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