Mark Squires Chardonnay 2011 Review

2010 Karmei Yosef Winery Chardonnay(Bravdo)  

RATING: 87 points
PRODUCER: Karmei Yosef Winery
FROM: Israel
VARIETY: Chardonnay
DRINK: 2013 - 2015
SOURCE:, #205
Feb 2013
The 2011 Chardonnay (Bravdo) had a somewhat complicated vinification process: it was fermented in tank until it reached about 9% alcohol and then transferred into a mixture of French and American oak. The net result is a fruity, clean wine that smells more of tank than oak and tastes really good. It is not going to win points for power and it is rather straightforward, but consistent with the style shown by the others here, it is well constructed in its style, wonderfully easy to appreciate, and quite charming. Drink now-2015.

In past iterations, I have not always been as happy with the wines from this property, but these certainly show notable improvement and I rather enjoyed them. It is also nice that they are well-priced and provide some value for the money as well.

-Mark Squires