Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White Wine
Location Bought: LCBO VINTAGES
Region: Alexander Valley
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Quails’ Gate Vyds. Estate Winery
Alcohol: 14.0 %
Description: Deep gold in colour with a medium+ intensity on the nose.
Positives: This is an improvement over the 2008 vintage that I reviewed awhile ago. This is a nice balanced Chard that features medium toasted oak, butter popcorn, lemon meringue, clementines, spiced apple cider, guava, pineapple & peach. Medium+ body with good acidity & a fairly long length.
Interesting point: Use the larger Chard glasses. I have put my review of the 2008 vintage below so you can compare.
Drink now or over the next 3-4 years, on its own or pair it with snow crab & drawn butter.
Tasted: 18 Sept 12
Score: 9/10, Value: 9/10, Total: 18/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4
PREVIOUS 2008 VINTAGE REVIEW
Light gold in colour with medium+ intensity.
Positives: Beautiful Chard nose with lemon meringue, apples, medium oak & toast. This Chard has a long taste with a medium body.
Negatives: Although it has a nice long finish, part of it is bitter.
Drink now or cellar it for another 3-5 years. Drink on its own or pair it with roasted chicken.
Score: 8.5, Value: 8.5/10, Total: 17/20.