Silverback Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay - 94+pts

Silverback Vineyards 2011 Chardonnay (Wallula Vineyard) Horse Heaven Hills AVA  - Washington State

Availability: Not yet available in BC. Contact winery direct here
Cost: $55 (USD)
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 250 cases
Date Tasted: August 12th, 2012
Re-tasted: March 22nd, 2013

Tasting Notes: From a barrel sample. A feminine, single-vineyard Chardonnay with layers of dried roses, orchard fruit, citrus and melon aromas on the clean, elegant nose.

Cropped to 3.5 tonnes per acre and aged in both French and Hungarian oak with only minimal lees agitation for 6 months. As a result, the palate is exquisitely balanced with a subtle, ever-present texture allowing the fruit, mineral and oak influence flavours to sing in harmony with the mouth-watering, citrus melody.

Fans of Penfold's Yattarna Chardonnay should take note as the Silverback matches the elegance and refinement of the "white Grange" at roughly half the expected price of around $50-60. Built to age with further development a guarantee. Sky's the limit. Drink 2013-2021+.
 - Liam Carrier (with Jordan Carrier) ©copyright 2012

Re-tasting Notes: Exhibiting harmony and elegance on the nose with intense, yet gentle aromas when not served too cold and allowed time to open up. The palate starts soft with an even texture thanks to near perfect acidity, then builds to a greater intensity and length. Simply devine.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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