Mark Squires Chardonnay 2014 Review #226 Aug 2016 Mark Squires Rating: 89 Drink: 2016 - 2019

The 2014 Chardonnay (Bravdo) was partly (50%) aged in a 70/30 mixture of French and American oak (only 25% new). The other half of the juice was in stainless steel. It comes in at 15% alcohol. It opens with a touch of caramel, an oak artifact. Then, its nice fruit takes over and it does show some freshness, too, rising above the wood and alcohol. Dense, spicy and rather tasty, this lingers respectably on the finish. I don't think I've seen a Chard from Bravdo that I liked more.

In days gone by, I was not terribly impressed by this winery, but of late they certainly seem to have rounded into form. There are some very nice offerings here and some bargains, too.