Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 White Gold - 91pts

Fort Berens Estate Winery 2010 White Gold (Lillooet) Fraser Canyon - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $24.99
Alcohol: 13.8%
Production: 98 cases
Date Tasted: June 25th, 2012

Tasting Notes: Fort Berens set-out to make a premium Chardonnay in 2010 with the excellent fruit they were able to source from the Black Sage Bench and succeeded admirably. The wine, a light white gold colour, as the name suggests, is deceptive and engaging. It starts with a pleasant, unassuming nose of orchard fruit and honey dew followed by a gentle, smooth entry on the dry palate thanks to the malolactic fermentation that just over half the wine went through. Then an unexpected wave of opulent, richly textured apple and melon fruit charms your mouth with smoky oak and buttercream flavours adding complexity. The intensity builds through to the crest of concentrated but balanced acidity that brightens the mouth and makes way for the next sip of wine or the next bite of your meal. The finish lingers effortlessly.

This Chardonnay should age well if you have the patience but be sure to open one immediately to experience the as-is charm. Drink 2012-2016+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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