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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyardtext

Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyard 2016

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Meyer Micro Cuvée is from the north-facing, organically-farmed Naramata Bench Old Main Road Vineyard, planted in 1996 on silt loam over clay. You feel the site difference on the palate immediately; this is weightier, more expansive and more full-bodied on the palate. With ample popcorn and flint leading creamy citrus and hazelnuts, it's a mouthful. Still quite streamlined, even with the weight. Lemon curd, lemon pulp pulls this structural wine through to a snappy, salted finish. This was made like all Meyer chardonnays: stainless-started ferment, finishing in French oak where it remains on lees for 11 months. In this wine, however, half the oak is new, and it makes its mark in a sure-footed way. Powerful and very intense now (too much for solo sipping), a wine that will pleasantly mellow and reward with time in your cellar. For the moment a whole-roasted, lemon-stuffed chicken could take this on. Bravo.Tasted: 20 March 2018Tasted by: Treve Ring & Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: Olivier Brands
Vagabond Merchants
Grape: ChardonnayUPC: 00626990062707