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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Upper Bench Chardonnay
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Upper Bench Chardonnay 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI think Naramata is in the Okanagan chardonnay sweet zone. If only they has sub-appellation status, so we could keep track of the fruit. The 2015 Upper Bench chardonnay speaks to the style: ripe but fresh. I love the nose, a mix of citrus, nut and honey, mixed with ripe red apple fruit and a hint of cinnamon. The attack is full but restrained with florals, pear, nutty lees and citrus, all with well managed oak. The wine is fermented wild and aged three months in 30 percent new French oak. Rich but nervy, and a lot of fun to drink. Serve with creamy cheeses or similar style pasta dishes.Tasted: 19 April 2017Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 25.00 winery direct, VQA stores, private liquor stores Producer: Upper Bench WineryDistributors: Seacove Group
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Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 858597UPC: 626990195030