Top scores for 2011 and 2012 Chardonnays from Wine Align.com
2011 Chardonnay – 93 points – Michael Godell
“The immediacy of this Chardonnay is felt in perfumed poise, in palate roundness, in a velvet wrap of texture. A finely balanced and over-achieving elegance from out of a single vineyard, specifically “block 6”, which sits above a gravel bed on an eastern aspect in South East Kelowna. A mild toast, a blanch of nuts and creamy citrus coagulate to create a transcendent BC Chardonnay experience, one that seems like it could be eaten with a spoon. “It peels off and ties that bind me,” and after tasting I saw the light. Chardonnay with an unconscious redirection of feelings, a transference unique and welcome.”
2011 Chardonnay – 92 points – John Szabo, MS
“Initially on the open and generous, very giving side of chardonnay, notably deep in colour at this relatively early stage of development, yet the palate is very firm, taught and stony, almost shockingly mineral, honeyed and raw. Great length. All in all this is austere and thus not for everyone, but this is a wine to sit and examine over the course of a long evening. An excellent wine.”
2012 Chardonnay – 91 points – Rhys Pender, MW – just released!
“A subtle but complex nose with dusty oak, lees, lemon, nectarine, nut, peach, a hint of mango, apple and well integrated vanilla in the background. The palate is medium bodied and very fresh and zippy with crisp acid, lemon, nectarine, subtle and very well integrated oak, peach, apple skin and wet concrete minerality. It is long with beautifully and subtly integrated oak.”