Liberty School Chardonnay 2009 Wine Review

Liberty School Chardonnay 2009
Central Coast, California, United States
Community Score: 4.4/5
Community Reviews: 2
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Product #: 960120
Wine Type: White Wine

Price: $18.95
Alcohol: 13.5%
Drink: 2012-2014
Sweetness: Extra Dry
Bottle size: 750 ml

Winery: Liberty School
Agent: Trialto Wine Group Ltd.
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Natalie's Score: 88/100

A medium- to full-bodied chardonnay that's nicely balanced, not too heavy. Aromas of green apple, lemon and just enough oak. About 75% of the 2009 vintage was barrel-fermented in a blend of American and French oak, 10% of which was new. The other 25% was aged in stainless steel to preserve the freshness of the fruit.

This Liberty School Chardonnay 2009 was reviewed May 26, 2012 by


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Subscriptions Trialto rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Love the integrated oak - excellent value for money
5/2/2012 11:50:20 AM Chardonnay 2009 The grapes that become the Liberty School Chardonnay are primarily grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands – a natural bench that sits directly below the mountain range just south of Monterey Bay. Greatly influenced by maritime breezes off the bay, these cooler climate vineyards typically produce lush, ripe fruit with a slight tropical character. The fruit is well balanced by natural acidity. HARVEST NOTES Monterey County in 2009 began as a dry year, but warmer than usual spring weather spurred early bud break. Upon fruit set, a moderate and long growing-season ensued, allowing ample time for the grapes to retain natural bright flavors and crisp acids. Crop yields were right on average, making 2009 a typical cool climate vintage. October rains briefly stalled harvest, but quickly dried out, allowing picking to finish by the first of November. WINEMAKING NOTES After harvesting, fruit for the Liberty School Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed. 75% of the 2009 Liberty School Chardonnay is barrel-fermented in a blend of American & French oak barrels - 10% of which are new. The other 25% of the Chardonnay is aged in stainless steel. This preserves the bright fruit qualities of this wine. Primary blending takes place after six months and the wine then rests in tank for three months prior to bottling. TASTING NOTES The 2009 Liberty School Chardonnay shows bright, intense aromas of orange blossom, lemon and green apple. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with bright acids and soft oak notes reminiscent of sweet apples and candied pears. A long balanced and smooth finish leaves a satisfying impression. TECHNICAL NOTES: Varietal: 93% Chardonnay, 7% Viognier Appellation: Central Coast Source: Winery
Mineral, red apple, peach, spice and a light vanilla note on the nose show well on the Liberty School Chardonnay, sourced from vineyards in both Monterey and Santa Barbara counties and therefore labelled as being from the overarching Central Coast region. It’s a medium-plus-bodied Chardonnay, with red apple, mineral, lemon peel and a hint of nut on the palate. It's a leaner, crisper style of Chardonnay that should appeal to those afraid of the oak. Score: 88 Source: Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press

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