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Meyer Family Vineyards Chardonnay Micro Cuvée Old Main Road Vineyard
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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: BC 65.00 Producer: Meyer Family VineyardsDistributors: International Cellars Inc.
Varietal: ChardonnayUPC: 00626990062707