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|TRIOMPHE CHARDONNAY 2016 VQA Niagara Peninsula
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|Bright medium straw colour. Intense, ripe lemon meringue nose with some toasty notes. Fairly dry, medium bodied, quite well structured, slightly spicy, lemon meringue flavours with a lingering, somewhat resiny, fairly high acid, cedary finish. Screwcap closure. Tasted twice. A second bottle tasted in the lab seemed to be rather disjointed with some faint acetic notes. Has 13.5% alcohol and 6 g/L residual sugar with a screwcap closure. This 2016 is showing quite different today than when assessed last January. Part of the Vintages Organic Feature with 16 releases. The recommended 2015 (**/**+) was released on October 28, 2017 at $24.95.
||White Table Wine
|TASTING NOTE: Fruit for Ann Sperling's Triomphe is a Saunders (Beamsville Bench) and Laundry (Lincoln Lakeshore) joint, dealt a wild ferment and usually large format neutral oak. This is more reductive than previously noted in 2015, i.e. it has maintained its extreme freshness and youthful gaze. It's also effusive and built with more flesh and caramel barrel addendum so it would seem that bigger and riper fruit meant the necessity of extra sheathing. Keep in mind that every Niagara vintage is ostensibly a chardonnay vintage so it's not easy to separate, knock or elevate one above the others. It's really early to decide how this driven chardonnay will turn, into purity like snow or pungent as the earth. I'd say a bit of both, in the name of complexity and variegation. After all, why should any two be exactly the same. Drink 2019-2022. Score - 89 (Michael Godel, winealign.com, Jan. 2018)
||vintages release - August 4, 2018
||111 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent