2014 Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay VQA PEC
|Alcohol content:||12.6 %|
|Cellaring potential:||3-5 years|
The nose opens with salted caramel, lemon custard, flint and brioche. The mouth is full with cream and nectarine zest, mineral, buttered toast and a long round finish.
Pairing suggestion: Lobster Mac & Cheese
Release date: April 15, 2016
AVAILABLE AT VINTAGES: July 8, 2017, Product#148866 Check www.lcbo.com for product availability.
...this one is on the richer end of that spectrum, with some toastiness from 16 months in oak (only 10% new) and full malolactic. There’s a touch of creaminess in the texture, very good balance, and excellent integration. Jan 2017, 4 to 5 stars
Rod Phillips, rodphillipsonwine.com
A terrifically lean, tight and stony vintage for the CCV chardonnay, the first for which new winemaker Keith Tyers was in full control. He appears to have dialled back ripeness and barrel influence (just under a year and a half in barrel, of which less than 10% were new), favouring a more chiselled and tightly wound style, and less of the cream-custard-style of earlier vintages (also abetted by the cool 2014 vintage). I like the way this comes together on the palate, allying firm acids with citrus and green peach/pear fruit, and just a light delicate touch of caramel wood spice on the finish which will surely fade into the ensemble in short order. Length and depth and very good to excellent, even on a light, 12.5% alcohol frame. A fine wine from the county, best after 2017 (though the very short cork may indicate that the winery intended this for earlier drinking - it's not good enough to hold this long, or even mid-term in the cellar). Tasted April 2016. Score: 92
John Szabo, winealign.com
Keith Tyers' follow-up to the tour de force that was the hypnotizing 2013 is a step forward in the vineyard's progression out of a vintage that takes a step back from buttressed substance. Taking into account that 2014 was cooler than the year before, the barrel swaddle needed to also scale back, but just a bit. This CCV chardonnay takes a clean and lean precise line, drawing up PEC mineral with mining acumen and wrapping perfectly phenolic ripe fruit coiled like gelid citrus around a gemstone wire popsicle stick. The palate does provide an orchard meets stone fruit creamy respite from the rocks of entry and exit but it is the mineral County notes that make the biggest impression. Terrific balance is struck, on flint and over the course of so many levels. Leave this a year to stretch and flex while you enjoy every waking moment with the '13. Drink 2017-2023. Tasted May 2016. Score: 92
Michael Godel, winealign.com
... much leaner and more vibrant than we have seen in recent years ... less ripe fruit and less oak to create a very classy less powerful more elegant wine. It shows pear, lemon and apple fruit with a nutty and mineral tone with well integrated oak spice and vanilla. The palate is smooth and it is well balanced by lemony acidity. It is delicate with some pear fruit sweetness on the palate but it finishes dry with very good length. Try with lobster. Tasted May 2016. Score: 92
Steve Thurlow, winealign.com