2007 Hidden Bench Chard

I previously review my visit to the winery and was impressed. When I was over in the LCBO I saw this one and grabbed it. To be honest I thought at the time I was grabbing the one I tasted. Turned out to be not … The one I tasted was a single vineyard premium wine. This one is more of a blend of numerous vineyards. The wine is semi golden in color. Not too dark. I find chards really give themselves way in their color. On the mid pallet the wine has some smack on varietal chard flavours and out of the bottle there are noticeable alcohol hints. It’s slightly creamy, slightly buttery with some oak. This is a middle of the road chard. Very food friendly. The finish is on the lighter side of medium in length. I would give this wine an 89. We paired it with a pan fried pickerel. It went extremely well. Now on the value side I think there are much better wines for the money such as the Wente Morning Fog . And compared to the one we tasted at the winery this is a much milder wine.

From the LCBO web site:
HIDDEN BENCH ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2007 VINTAGES 68817 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 35.20
Wine, White Wine 14.4% Alcohol/Vol.

Sugar Content : XD

Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Hidden Bench Vineyards

Release Date: Nov 27, 2010

David Lawrason, at Wine Align, gave this wine a score of 90, while his colleague, John Szabo, M.S., gave it a 92. (www.winealign.com, Sept. 2009)

Tasting Note
This comes on like a great Montrachet. Lovely buttery hazelnut, toasted golden apple and pear scents contribute to the elegant aroma. On the palate, rich toasty apple, lemon zest, minerals and buttery finesse merge magically. Score – 91. (Gordon Stimmell, The Toronto Star, 2009)
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