2013 Bonterra Chardonnay

This product is a LCBO vintages essential. Essentials are kept in many LCBO stores over a longer period of time than the every two week releases, sometimes even year after year which means you should be able to get your hands on this wine pretty easily.

Pale in color with a mild varietal nose with some nice apple and pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vanilla/apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity and a slight pepper/spicy note. It builds nicely in the mouth. Quite an impressive chard for the price, and not too over baked. I would give it an 88-89. My kinda Chard! Apparently it will go on the limited time offer for $2 off in November! I would imagine it will easily keep 1-2 years. Buy lots 🙂

From the LCBO web site:
Bonterra Chardonnay — VINTAGES#: 342436
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $19.95
Release Date:April 1, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.6% Made in:California, USA By: Fetzer Vineyards Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal:Chardonnay
Description: Tropical notes of pineapple and banana plus buttercream, caramel and smoke. This is a smooth, creamy Chardonnay. Bonterra’s organic practices help express the vibrancy of the fruit. Pair with grilled shrimp, chicken tourtière or lobster with butter sauce.

From Bonterras web site:
Aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brulee. The wine is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, drawing you into a vibrant tartness and lemon zest that is absolutely, positively Bonterra Chardonnay, vintage after vintage. Our organic fruit from Mendocino off­ers the characteristic flavors of green apples, pears, and citrus to our chardonnay. We ferment 70% of the juice in a combination of French and American oak, which is allowed to
undergo malolactic fermentation to create a rich, creamy wine with just a touch of new oak spice. The remaining 30% is fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp fresh fruit favors. We age most of the wine using previously-used or neutral oak in order for these fresh fruit characteristics to shine through. New oak was used for just 16% of the wine to give this chardonnay a nice vanilla note. An initial impression of rich, buttery cream quickly turns to aromas of honey and lightly toasted almonds, followed by tropical aromas of pineapple, citrusy lemon and crème brulee. The wine is refreshing on the palate, with a minerality that is both bright and clean, drawing you into a vibrant tartness
and lemon zest that is absolutely, positively Bonterra Chardonnay.

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