Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Here is a look at a couple bottles of Chardonnay that I can only describe as highly anticipated. Both Back 10 Cellars and Featherstone work with Canadian Oak barrels and have set a benchmark for consistency and quality. Every incarnation of this wine speaks to the vintage from which it was produced. Either way it is worth heading down to Niagara to grab these bottles as I don’t anticipate them being available at the wineries…

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2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – $21.95 – ****+ – The nose hits your immediately with the signature funk letting you know that this is an indigenous ferment but it quickly makes way to vanilla, citrus and golden delicious apple. The balance to this wine is outstanding with nice weight on the palate and a creamy texture that is met with nice acidity. Flavours of butterscotch and baking spice are met with apple and orange….

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Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – 2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay –  2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages 149302 – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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Featherstone for Summer

Featherstone for Summer

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages TBD – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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Back 10 Cellars – 2014 Start from Scratch Chardonnay

Back 10 Cellars – 2014 Start from Scratch Chardonnay

2014 Back 10 Cellars Start from Scratch Chardonnay – Winery Only – $27.94 – ****1/2 – I hesitate while I write these notes… because there isn’t a lot of this wine made. This wine is for the hardcore locavore. Canadian Oak and Indigenous Yeast make this as truly Canadian as you can get in your winemaking. The nose is roasted pineapple and vanilla with hints of baking spice and just a little bit of funk…

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Dec 12 – Trius Brut Rosé – 2013 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Dec 12 – Trius Brut Rosé – 2013 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Trius Brut Rosé – Vintages 184309 – $29.95 – ****+ – I’m so excited about this wine I’m not sure where to start. First, it’s very dry with perfectly balanced acidity so it is everything you would expect from a good high quality sparkling Rosé. That being said it’s loaded up with Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry … it’s a cacophony of bright red fruit flavours. In a matter of speaking this wine should be on your…

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Rosewood Locked and Loaded – Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Rosewood Locked and Loaded – Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

Let’s consider these two reviews as bonus content for the week.  While both of these wines aren’t available in Vintages they are too good to not write about. 2013 Rosewood Locked and Loaded – $19.95 – (August Release) – ****+ – I got a chance to taste this wine right after it was put into bottle.  It’s hard to believe that this is going to be only twenty bucks.  The package and label is everything…

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Wine Review December 14, 2013 – 2011 Trius Red – 2011 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2011 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $22.95 – Trius Red has long been a benchmark wine, even in off vintages it is still delicious.  This wine is sandwiched between two vintages that may be considered the best ever and has big shoes to fill as 2010 may have been the best version of the Trius Red.  That being said this wine doesn’t disappoint, you get a wine that is very fruit forward and benefits…

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Wine Review EXTRA – Canadian Oak Barrels

When you see the VQA designation on a bottle of wine it means that 100% of the grapes have been grown in Ontario.  Some wineries have taken the idea of Canadian wine to the next level.  Most people don’t give a second thought to the actual process of making wine.  It goes beyond taking grape juice and turning it into alcohol, when you are making a Chardonnay or a Cabernet you are likely going to…

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