Keint-he 2012 Chardonnay, Foxcroft Vineyard – $28.00 (W)

The grapes for this wine come from the Foxcroft vineyard in Niagara, and put together by consulting winemaker Ross Wise – it also spent just under a year in barrel, but has come out with such wonderfully fully developed flavours that really sparks the imagination. Nose revels in aromas like stone fruit, vanilla and pineapple core; palate is even more exciting: buttery with pineapple and vanilla-peach … silky smooth on the palate with a real mouth presence yet also shows balance of acidity and a smoky-oak along with a vanilla laced finish. Price: $28.00 – Rating: ****+

Michael Pinkus

Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 – VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula

WHITE WINE | TASTING NOTE: This and Bachelder’s Saunders Chardonnay stood out at a recent tasting, both of grand cru quality.
Score: 93 (Steven Spurrier, Decanter, Dec. 15, 2015)
750 mL $44.95