Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2006 Niagara Peninsula Chardonnay

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2006 Le Clos Jordanne Village Reserve Chardonnay, VQA Niagara Peninsula

Here we go, the wines I've been looking forward to for some time now. A new producer who's first commercial vintage was only 2004, the wines have certainly been a huge success. Lots of hype initially, lots of this is the best Niagara wine ever talk, whether it's warranted or not. The wines are stunning, absolutely, but it takes more than a few vintages in the cellar before that kind of judgement can be made. But what do I know.

Opened the night before, double decanted and chilled, the same treatment for all three bottles. We started with the Village Reserve to begin the meal. And it was wonderful. The vintage was a difficult one, but the wine shows great varietal character. Lemon rind and a good degree of richness, a great seam of acidity running through the palate. Good texture, with some oak sweetness on the finish. Still youthful, confirming a suspicion I had that these would be in better shape than the pinot noirs. A very good start.

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