2009 Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chard

I like my chards California in style, nice butter, cream and vanilla. The 2008 vintage of this wine was one of my all time favorite Niagara chards. So I popped down to the winery to pick up this years for Christmas presents. Niagara wines can vary quite significantly. 2009 it turns out was a cool year (in comparison to 2008). Pale in color with a minerally nose. On the mid pallet this wine hits you in the face with firm bright acidity. For me it was tart grapefruit. The wine is long in finish with the minerality building in the mouth and coating the pallet. For me this was a big disappointment. This is so not my style of chard. I would give it an 88 or so. If you like your chards minerally you may prefer this one. $38 a bottle at the winery, not in the LCBO.

From the winery’s web site:
Winemaker’s Comments
Enticing lemon gold colour with aromas of baked pear and honey blossom on the nose. On the palate, typical Felseck Vineyard mineral layers, fresh green apple and citrus bring complexity while the fresh acidity gives balance to this rich and creamy, age-worthy Chardonnay.

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