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|ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2016 VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|Forward light yellow colour. Intense, complex, very cedary, ripe lemon-apple meringue nose with some slightly resiny, mineral notes. Dry, medium bodied, slightly peppery, spicy, intense, ripe lemon-apple flavours with some mineral notes on the lingering, very cedary, high acid finish. This REPEAT has 13% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar. I just wish that there was a tad less oak. TONY ASPLER / 89-points / TRY - Spicy, toasty-oaky nose with a floral note; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, apple flavour with zesty acidity, well-balanced with a perfumed finish. The 2016 (**+) was last released on March 3, 2018 at $29.95.
||White Table Wine
Bright, Dry, Very Cedary
||A Vintage Assessments Explorer's Selection!
|TASTING NOTE: If you've never had the pleasure of a moment alone with a Hidden Bench chardonnay it is here where you've come to the right place, vintage and bottle for which to begin the relationship. As full, flavourful and generous of cool-climate chardonnay spirit as it has ever shown, the 2016 Estate work is pure, unbridled and effortless genius. What it exudes in energy is only eclipsed by a hidden grace and it serves as the exacting launch point for more specific and eccentric Hidden Bench offerings. The triangle composed of points defined by creamy fruit, fine acidity and finer-spun texture are drawn as if on a circle. Spend $10 more on Bench chardonnay like this and you'll be drinking properly every time out. Drink 2018-2024. Score - 92 (Michael Godel, winealign.com, Feb. 21, 2018)
||vintages release - October 27, 2018
||307 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent