Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mayer Family Chardonnay 2008, Okanagan BC

Variety: Chardonnay
Producer: Mayer Family Vineyards
Specification: Tribute Series
Vintage: 2008
Region: Naramata, BC
Alcohol: 14%
Price: 35.00

Appearance: Clear, medium lemon yellow, legs
Nose: Clean, medium intensity, developing, citrus, toast, herbaceous, oak, vanilla
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, no tannin, medium+ alcohol, medium+ body, medium+ intensity, stone fruit, toast, butter, lemon, herbaceous, stony., medium+ length

This is a local wine from Naramata Bench near Okanagan.  Mayer Family Chardonnays are ranked among the very best Okanagan Chardonnay and are comparable with other premium international Chardonnay.  British Columbia has the potential to become the next Napa Valley for white wine in the next two decade.  However, like majority of other locally produced wine, they are way over priced, especially considering they don't suffer the 120% tax other international wines do.   Consuming local product is good, but this is borderline rip off.  I suppose if you ignore that fact, it is pretty good wine compared to other $35 international whites on the shelf.

Quality: Good, ready to drink but can keep.

Pairing: This wine is pretty heavy bodied, making it the perfect pairing for another local speciality: sockeye salmon, especially with a heavier or creamier sauce.

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