2008 Ovation Chardonnay
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100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
The Ovation is intended to be a rich, full-bodied, unctuous Chardonnay with Sonoma Coast typicity. The wine is crisp and vibrant with a firm backbone of acidity, but the mid-palate offers up a richness that comes as a surprise. Aromas of citrus peel and white flower petals followed by flavors of Meyer lemon curd, apricot, melon and creamy oak create a wine that will please the palate with a mouthful of flavor, spice and fresh acidity.
The 2008 vintage was a dry year overall and continued the streak of above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation. Despite the dry conditions, there was good berry set in both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, producing a substantial crop of balanced and flavorful fruit. Because of severe frost in late March/early April, Freestone lost 50% of its estate Chardonnay. On the other hand, because of close proximity to the coast, it was unaffected by the major fires that broke out during the peak growing season, so all the wines are fresh, lively and free of any signs of smoke taint. The early part of the growing season was warm and steady, allowing for fairly even ripening in both varietals. Though the latter part of the growing season was unusually warm, the wines are quite vibrant, balanced and aromatic, and are a great follow-up to the highly successful 2007 vintage.