On the Road with the Grape Guy

Report from : Flights of Chardonnay i4C – 2019

11 Nov 2019

July 19, 2019 ... Another great night for Flights of Chardonnay, there was a threat of rain and thunderstorms earlier in the day so they called off the extra ticket sales, which meant more leg and shoulder room for those in attendance … but it was another sweltering evening and many were finished pouring within an hour and a half to two hours of starting (who wants to be in the heat when you can liberate yourself by serving up a larger “tasting”) … as for the wines – Ontario showed well, but I was after the stuff that I had not tried before and so here is my list of the wines that pulled off the impossible – making me like Chardonnay:

Four Stars and Above … click on wine name for full review
Benjamin Bridge 2013 Reserve Brut – Nova Scotia, Canada … ****
De Wetshof Estate 2018 Robertson Chardonnay Limestone Hill – South Africa … ****
Marcel Cabelier 2016 Cremant de Jura – Jura, France … ****+ Cremant de Jura

Three-and-a-Half-Plus stars …
Black Hills 2017 Chardonnay – British Columbia, Canada
Esk Valley 2017 Chardonnay – New Zealand
Quails’ Gate 2017 Chardonnay – British Columbia, Canada

Three-and-a-Half stars …
Catena Zapata 2017 High Mountains Chardonnay – Argentina
Domaine Laroche 2018 Saint Martin – Chablis, France
Ha Ha Wine Company 2017 Marlbrough Chardonnay – New Zealand
Paul Cluver Wines 2017 Estate Chardonnay – South Africa
Vina Echeverria NV Nina Brut, Blanc de Blancs – Chile

Three-Plus stars …
Moillard 2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay – Burgundy, France

Finally, the three Ontario Chardonnays I tasted for the first time … (wine name linked to full review)

Cloudsley Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, Twenty Mile Bench … (****+)
Westcott Vineyards 2017 Chardonnay Estate … (****)
Ravine Vineyard 2016 Chardonnay Reserve … (*** ½)


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