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Vineland Estate Chardonnay Elevation.

Thanks for finding me in this corner of Wines In Niagara. It is my intention to update this blog as often as possible with thoughts, information, reviews and anything else that relates to the making, drinking or buying of Niagara wines.

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To get things off to a good start, I will be reviewing a Niagara wine a day that hasn’t been written about elsewhere on the site. These will generally only be wines that we who live here can get simply by driving over to the winery and purchasing.

Here’s my first review:

Vineland Estate Chardonnay Elevation.
Vineland Estate Chardonnay Elevation.

Vineland Estates Elevation Chardonnay 2007 ($25) — When I needed the perfect wine to go with a nice hunk of wild Pacific Sockeye salmon that I grilled on the BBQ, a quick stop at Vineland Estate’s gorgeous winery was the perfect answer.

This Chardonnay is top-notch. Even in the un-oaked style that winemaker Brian Schmidt likes, it shows elegance and finesse. The fruits are apple and ctitrus on the nose with a touch of wet stone/minerality. It possesses lovely mouthfeel and is clean and refreshing on the palate. It was a beautiful match with the earthiness of the wild salmon.

Truth be told, I liked this wine with the fish more than the 1969 Vosne Romanee that I also paired with the meal.

I rate this wine 89 points.