Meyer Family Vineyards 2011 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay - 93+pts

Meyer Family Vineyards 2011 Micro Cuvée Chardonnay (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

: Not yet released. Direct from winery here. Select private and VQA stores
Cost: $60-70 est
Alcohol: 13.5%
Production: 105 cases
Date Tasted: June 24th, 2013

Tasting Notes: Each year the winemaking team at Meyer Family Vineyards carefully tastes and evaluates each barrel of Chardonnay over and over through the wine's fermentation and early élevage. Should a few barrels stand-out they will be considered for a special Micro Cuvée release which has only happened a handful of times since the winery as founded in 2006. For the 2011 vintage the stars aligned and the cool Fall and late harvest created a rich and textured Chardonnay with 5% botrytis infected fruit contributing notes of honeydew and apricots.

This remarkable Chardonnay combines raw power with amazing refinement while finding harmony between the unique terroir and oak treatment elements - a hallmark of the world's best Chardonnay. Both intense and restrained on the baked caramelized apple nose and leesy, orchard fruit and smoky palate. Boasting excellent acidity and a long, never-ending finish with lingering mineral and citrus flavours.

Many Icon Wines have the ability to drink well early and promise further development and the Micro Cuvée is no different. Certainly a special occasion wine based on the expected price, but not necessary one that you have to earmark for an event a long time in the future. Open it on your next birthday or anytime over the next 5-7 years. Drink 2013-2018+.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2013

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