Now that the 2006 Le Clos Jordanne chardonnays have been digested, things are looking a bit clearer, more colourful. Just fabulous all around. Surprises? Many. The chardonnays are holding up brilliantly, fresh, with just a hint of minerality developing. For the Le Clos Jordanne vineyard bottle, I would venture to say that it still needs some bottle age for the oak to fully integrate. An exciting future ahead, although I would probably drink the rest of bottles in the next 5 years.
The producer's reputation holds true. A source in Niagara told me that given a second go, the original winemaker would have planted much more chardonnay than pinot noir. Alas, business interests override all else. We'll see once we taste the rest of the 2006 pinot noirs, but I have a suspicion that he is absolutely correct. All the wines are delicious, but the chardonnays are clearly in a class of their own.
So, onto the 3 single vineyard pinot noirs I have sitting at home: Claystone Terrace, Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard, and La Petite Vineyard. Who wants to taste with me.