I received this bottle in my fall wine club box from 2Lads in the Traverse City area. This is estate fruit, fermented half in stainless steel and half in French oak, and I’m enjoying this with shrimp and fettuccine tonight.
2Lads Chardonnay (2015) Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan – $20
Color: brassy/golden yellow
Aroma: lots of apple and lemon notes – Golden Delicious apples and sweet lemon curd, with an undercurrent of nutmeg and vanilla.
Taste: smooth and luscious texture, there is definitely some oak richness up front and in the mid-palate, but it’s not heavy or flabby; I’m comfortable with this amount of oak, but not any more. The lemon notes hit up front but are rapidly overcome by apple and pear; combined with the richness, it gives the impression of a really nice apple tart. The finish perks up with some more acidity for food-friendliness.
This is nice, close but not quite a recommended wine. Don’t over-chill this! It’s much better at 50F-55F.