Inniskillin 2005 Dark Horse Vineyard Chardonnay - 85pts

Inniskillin 2005 Dark Horse Vineyard Chardonnay (Osoyoos Lake Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Widely available while supplies last. 2007 vintage should available in late 2009.

Cost: $15-17

Alcohol: 14%

Date Tasted: October 4th, 2009

Tasting Notes: This single vineyard Chardonnay from Vincor brand Inniskillin is made from grapes grown at the 25 acre Dark Horse Vineyard located on the Osoyoos Lake Bench; a sub-appellation of Southern Okanagan Valley. The 2005 vintage is a medium intensity gold coloured wine that is starting to show sings of aging with developing aromas of melon, butter, wet stone, lemon and tropical fruits.

On the palate this French oak-aged Chardonnay offers malo-lactic flavours of butter, tropical fruits, minerals and a touch of lemon. The medium-plus acidity has kept the flavours in check and this wine has aged nicely. Drink now or within another 1-2 years. Pair this wine with the new 2007 release, which should be on shelves soon, for an interesting comparison at how BC mid-range Chardonnay can age (likely of interest to wine geeks only). - LC

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