Sunday, December 20, 2009

Dinner in the winter - Chardonnay

2007 Lailey Vineyards

2007 Lailey Vineyard Chardonnay, VQA Niagara River

This wine is very close to me - we tasted this last year, when it was still in barrel. It shows all the richness and concentration of the vintage, but with a freshness that is characteristic of this producer. There's quite a bit of creamy oak, with substantial vanilla, but this wine has shown to age beautifully. We're drinking it a bit young, but it is well-suited to drinking in cold weather. Lots of citrus in the mouth, but a slightly bitter finish.

I paired this bottle with our fish. It's the weighty texture that makes the marriage work. Good balance and acidity in the wine cleanses the palate. A delicious chardonnay, with a long life ahead of it.

DF

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