2016 Trius Barrel fermented chard

Pale to golden in color with a nice apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice pear and apple to match the nose along with some slightly smokey and some mild flint coming. I have to say I had a hard time with this wine. Difficult to describe. It’s slightly oaked, but as someone who tries to be everything to everyone this wine doesn’t really hit the mark. If you like your chards oaked this is so lightly oaked as to wonder why they bothered. If you like your chard unoaked the smokey notes are off. I would give this an 87-88. I only bought one so none to return, cause I would. Especially at this price point. Meh … I’ve had better.

From the winery’s web site:
Winemaker Craig McDonald has crafted another gorgeous Chardonnay from our Niagara vineyards.

This Chardonnay has a smooth, round mouth-feel and the perfect balance of acidity to refresh on the finish. Flavours of baked apple, cream and toffee glide across the palate.

Pair with roasted lemon chicken; smoked salmon risotto; mushroom risotto; cedar planked salmon; creamy garlic pasta dishes; creamy scallop potatoes and chicken skewers; apple-wood smoked cheddar with crusty baguette; vodka cream sauce pasta; smoked paprika and yogurt marinated grilled chicken; barbecued pork chops with Dijon and tarragon; turkey pot pie; cream of mushroom soup.

Serve lightly chilled at 13 to 15°C. Enjoy now through 2021.

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