Back in March 2013 we visited the winery and tasted this wine. Like a breeder not quite ready to let the puppies be removed from their mommy the assistant winemaker pleaded with us to let this age a bit before we tasted it. Patience has been rewarded. Pale in color with a lovely rich varietal California chard nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich apple/pear, vanilla and butter maybe even baked apple. The wine is medium in length on the finish with lovely vanilla notes lingering along with some nice acidity. This wine has indeed mellowed nicely from the humble beginnings when we first tasted it. I would give it a solid 89. Yumm … Not in the LCBO and likely no longer available at the winery $22.95 a bottle when we bought it.
From the Winery’s web site:
BARREL FERMENTED CHARDONNAY 2011
AROMAS OF PINEAPPLE, GUAVA AND PEAR MINGLE WITH HINTS OF VANILLA. THE PALATE IS FULL BODIED AND RICH WITH THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN FRUIT, OAK AND ACIDITY. THIS WINE IS A JOY TO DRINK WHEN YOUNG BUT WILL ALSO AGE AND DEVELOP BEAUTIFULLY FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.