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The Van Ruiten 2008 Double Barrel Reserve Chardonnay earns its Double Barrel name because it takes two New French Oak barrels to make this Chardonnay. After the wine is barrel fermented in New French Oak, winemaker Ryan Leeman allows the juice to settle in a tank before moving it to new barrel where it ages and develops deeper flavor complexities. Lush and round on the palate, the Chardonnay displays intense fruit and spicy oak aromas with notes of creamy lemon bar, apple, papaya, and hazelnut. While the finish is long and clean, the flavors become increasingly full and complex with time. Bright acidity and nice tannins give a wonderful balance to the Chardonnay and allows for a multitude of food pairings. [+]