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Baron von Kripp "Stachlburg" Chardonnay Barrique 2003, IGT Weinberg Dolomiten

color: light yellow with some green.
beautiful, light, fresh, elegant, subtle and clean with vanilla, minerals, a touch of sweetness (ripeness of fruit), fantastic refined nuances of bread and restrained fruit, very classy and open, crystal clear style, impressions of mountain-air
Taste: dry, mild, round, but also fresh, scintillating intensity, some richness, impressions of caramel, a hint of tobacco, herbs, spices, vanilla, minerals, some alcohol, elegance, excellent balance, very clean and classy wine!
Finish: very long, intense, with piquant and very refreshing acidity, also smooth, rich and with a touch of sweetness (ripeness), quite a lot of wood, but well balanced, beautiful fruit and minerals, very clean.

* A rare combination of richness, smoothness and ripeness matched by a strong and scintillating, refreshing acidity. Has a lot of elegance and a very clean and crystal clear style wih beautiful refined and subtle nuances of fruit and minerals. Quite heavily oaked, but counterbalancing it beautifully with an impressive freshness and great mineral purity, maintaining its pure and mountain air-like freshness. Organic wine of high quality.

- Drinking very well at this moment, is at its peak now, will keep until 2008, or maybe even a bit longer.

- As you may have noticed, generally I am not a fan of heavily oaked wines, especially if they originate from subtle terroirs. Too many times the beauty is smothered in luscious oak, but in this rare event the underlying freshness is so strong a lot of oak adds that extra exciting tension and richness to this wine. This Chardonnay is rare: it still is elegant and subtle with  a normally considered overdose of wood. Maybe the exceptional vintage 2003 yielded a very concentrated wine and the vineyard added an incredible amount of freshness and minerals to match the wood. Maybe this wine would have been too tart without any wood, I do not know, but I am impressed by this really rare combination and the resulting excellent quality of the wine.

- lotnr.: L 3

- tasted: 17-01-'07

- estimated retail price ca. 13,00 euro

- average production: not known 

- Stachlburg Schlossweingut, Baron Von Kripp, Mr. Sigmund Kripp, Mitterhoferstrasse 2, 39020 Partschins, Südtirol, tel.: + 39-0473-968014 / fax.: + 39-0473-966072 / e-mail: / web site: