Reserve Chardonnay

Blue Mountain 2015 Reserve Chardonnay

Anthony Gismondi - www.gismondionwine.com (July 2018)

For all the negativity surrounding the 2015 vintage and how warm it was and how many winemakers struggled to keep the alcohol in check, the Blue Mountain Reserve Chardonnay comes in at an amazing 13.0 percent. This wine has always been one of the more complex BC chardonnays, but always on the richer side with plenty of oak. The 2013 has intense floral notes and a sweet ripeness tempered by a spicy creamy, lemony undercurrent and a hazelnut finish. Some 60 percent is fermented in French oak split among new to four-year-old barrels, with the remainder finished in stainless steel. A terrific effort in a challenging year for white wine. This will easily age through 2020. 91 Points.

Treve Ring - www.gismondionwine.com (July 2018)

Rich, full and wooded, with perfumed white florals that waft throughout the length. This classic wine tastes as time stands still: creamy, French oak-influenced, full bodied, but reined into a 13 degrees alcohol frame. This is a very polished, poised and confident wine, from estate-grown 26 year old vines and across five French clones. Forty percent was fermented and aged in stainless, with the remainder in French oak (new to 4th fill) for 11 months. After a June blending of lots, this returned to barrel to rest on the lees until bottling two months later. White florals, French cream, white peach, popcorn, hazelnut is lined with lees, lemon curd and slightly tightened with crystalline lemon. I enjoy this serious wine when it's had time to open and relax, or better yet, after a couple years in cellar. 90 Points

David Lawrason- www.winealign.com (April 2018)

This is a profound chardonnay that has considerable structure and complexity, at a very good price. It is 60% barrel fermented and aged in 10 months in French oak, and showing considerable spice, toast and cedar as a result. But there is also lovely pear, vanilla cream and nutty complexity. It's medium-full bodied, firm, powerful yet elegant with excellent to outstanding length, thanks to older vines and conscientious organic viticulture. Love that BC acidity and minerality, and the way it all fits together. Should age nicely for ten years, but enjoy it at will. Tasted June 2017. 92 Points.


Blue Mountain 2014 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Daenna Van Mulligen - www.winediva.ca (August 2017)

Vibrant, charming, chic. Fermented in stainless steel (40%) and remaining 60% in French oak, then matured in French oak for an additional 10 months. It doles out succulent aromas of peaches in honey, vanilla beans, pear compote and whipped sweet butter. It is vibrant, chic yet charming with pristine orchard and ripe tropical fruit flavours dusted with toasted hazelnuts and spice and topped with a dollop of lemon meringue. A completely on-point Chardy.  93 Points

Treve Ring- www.gismondionwine.com (June 2017)

Five French clones and twenty-five year old Okanagan Falls vines make up this elegant Reserve Chardonnay. Forty percent was fermented and aged in stainless, with the remainder in French oak (new to 4th fill) for 11 months. The result is a vein of driving acidity to draw along the nutty, wooded, lees-led density. Structured green apple, crisp pear and lemon is seasoned with a brisk, crystalline lemon and nutmeg spicing. Serious juice. What I appreciate about this wine is that it has intensity and finesse and power, without being overt and vulgar, like many of its contemporaries. Drinking very well now, but will impress more with time in the bottle.

David Lawrason- www.winealign.com (June 2017)

This is a profound chardonnay that has considerable structure and complexity, at a very good price. It is 60% barrel fermented and aged in 10 months in French oak, and showing considerable spice, toast and cedar as a result. But there is also lovely pear, vanilla cream and nutty complexity. It's medium-full bodied, firm, powerful yet elegant with excellent to outstanding length, thanks to older vines and conscientious organic viticulture. Love that BC acidity and minerality, and the way it all fits together. Should age nicely for ten years, but enjoy it at will. Tasted June 2017. 93

 


Blue Mountain 2013 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Beppi Crosariol - globeandmail.com (July 2016)

Full-bodied yet with a big spring in its step, this Okanagan gem is polished to a satin sheen, with flavours of ripe peach, apple and tropical fruit supported by subtle vanilla and toasty spice. Smartly handled oak, with just 50 per cent of the juice spending 10 months in a combination of new and used barrels and 50 per cent fermented and aged in stainless steel. 93.

Treve Ring - winealign.com (June 2016)

Four French clones and twenty-four year old vines make up this elegant and concentrated Reserve Chardonnay. Half was fermented and aged in three year old French oak with the remainder in stainless steel before blending and resting on the lees in barrel for an additional 6 weeks or so. Lightly toasted popcorn, cream, perfumed white flowers, lemon and green apple are carried on a creamy, lees-led palate. Biscuit, almond and nutmeg spice carries the back palate, closing out with lemon curd and fantastic length. A serious chardonnay and it knows it; pour now with lobster or butter drawn crab, or cellar for three or more years. 91.

Daenna Van Mulligen - www.winescores.ca (May 2016)

Delightful, creamy, chic. While 2016 marks Blue Mountain's 25th anniversary, 2013 is the current release. The Okanagan Falls estate is known for its classic and elegantly styled wines. The Reserve Chardonnay offers silky aromas of golden fruits, fine spice, warm butter, toasted hazelnuts, coriander and orange blossoms. Creamy and complex with lovely buttery, nutty and spiced flavours rounded out with crunchy fruit and citrus.  The Reserve Chardonnay offers silky aromas of golden fruits, fine spice, warm butter, toasted hazelnuts, coriander and orange blossoms. Creamy and complex with lovely buttery, nutty and spiced flavours rounded out with crunchy fruit and citrus.  As is typical, this is not a flamboyant wine, rather chic and confident. 92.

Michael Godel - www.winealign.com (April 2016)

Always balanced and pulpy Chardonnay of silky texture and fully realized flavours. The lees are more than keen on playing a vital role on the palate, giving way to spice and preserved lemon urged on by the restrained barrel aging. The vines for this Reserve fruit are neither the youngest nor the eldest on the estate but at 24 years-old seem just about right for this Chardonnay. A month long slow pick certainly has had an effect on the balance of this wine and it should begin to show its best in a year or two. Drink 2017-2021. Tasted April 2016. 91.

John Szabo - www.winealign.com (April 2016)

This is a very fine reserve chardonnay from Blue Mountain here in 2013, finding a brilliant balance between the nutty-hazelnut and smoky complexity of barrel ageing, with the tight, minerally notes of reductive sur lie ageing - a tricky balance well managed. I also like the perfectly pitched palate, bright and energetic with a more languid, laid back finish, washing over the palate with waves of flavour. Very good length. I'd like to see this in another year or two when the wood will have been fully digested. Fine quality for the price to be sure. Tasted April 2016. 91.

David Lawrason - www.winealign.com (April 2016)

This is a firm, dry and well integrated chardonnay. No showy vanillin and big fruit here - indeed everything is quite laid back with vague but complex smoke, dried herbs/tobacco, lemon curd and hazelnut. It's medium-full bodied with fresh vital acidity, minerality and a touch of wood tannin on the palate. The length is excellent, some nutty bitterness on the finish. It's a very traditional Euro chardonnay. Tasted April 2016. 89.


Blue Mountain 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
 

Stuart Tobe - www.gismondionwine.com (July 2015)

Light yellow colour with lemon, nutty, vanilla, lees, baked pear, earthy, green apple aromas. Dry, fresh, juicy, creamy, slightly tart entry with lemon custard, honey, light butter, green apple skin, pear with some grass and vanilla on the finish. Good finesse and intensity with complexity and yet still youthful. Drink now or keep for 2-5 years for some improvement. Continued value and quality for the money. 91.

Treve Ring - www.gismondionwine.com (May 2015)

Twenty three year old vines and a selection of four French clones make up this understated and elegant reserve chardonnay. Half was fermented and aged in French oak with the remainder in stainless steel, and no MLF was employed, leaving the acidity clear, shining and bright. Biscuit, cream, light lees and orchard apple aromas. The palate is full with apple, pear, lemon peel, almond, fine lees and persistent gentle nutmeg spice through the lengthy finish. This is a full bodied and structured chardonnay that handles ample oak in a confident, finessed way. Drinking well now (especially with scallops and crab), but will reward with 3 plus years in the cellar. 90.


Blue Mountain 2011 Reserve Chardonnay

 

Anthony Gismondi - gismondionwine.com (May 2014)

Lemon, nutty lees, green apple, oatmeal, peach pit aromas with a hint of vanilla. Dry, fresh, elegant, round palate with lemon, green apple skin, nutty lees, spicy, butter, red apple flavours. Good balance and elegance and solid value. Consistently well-made and understated. Super value in local chardonnay. 89.

John Schreiner - John Schreiner on wine (April 2014)

This wine begins with an ethereal aroma of toasty lees mingled with citrus. Half of this wine was barrel-fermented. The result is very subtle oak delivering sweet fruit flavours to the palate. The creamy texture accentuates the elegance of understated Chardonnay. 91.

John Szabo - winealign.com (April 2014)

A rich, creamy, balanced and well-structured reserve here from Blue Mountain, with sufficient acids to handle the substantial fruit extract, which is mainly in the ripe orchard/stone fruit spectrum. Smoky-spicy wood-derived flavours are heavily marked as well, though not excessive in the overall picture. Very good to excellent length. Another fine release form Blue Mountain, which seems to be going from strength to strength in the last few vintages. 90.

Julian Hitner - winealign.com (April 2014)

Pale-light lime in colour, the 2011 Reserve Chardonnay reveals delightful scents of slightly honeyed pears and green apples, lemon blossom, wet stones, and a hint of yellow plums. Complex, containing lovely fruit, balanced acidity, and an elegant, deliciously rounded hint of ripe pears on the finish. Impressive balance, elegance, and body; enjoy over the next several years. 89.

David Lawrason - winealign.com (April 2014)

This is a very elegant, compact and quite linear chardonnay that has been 50% barrel fermented and 50% aged in stainless steel. The oak is not big blowsy smoky and toasty, in fact it is quite refined almond and spice. But the dried pear and honeyed fruit still struggles. It's medium bodied, quite sleek and well balanced with a big middle palate then a tighter lemony, nutty and herbal finish. Excellent focus and length. 90.

Michael Godel- winealign.com (April 2014)

Like its regular sibling, the Reserve Chardonnay sees half barrel age time but clearly in newer oak. Buttery, golden fruit shines without trepidation. The more pronounced fruit allows itself to display more gregarious character; in hue, texture, brilliance, clarity and cut. Were it a piece of jewelry, it would work the arrangement in the opposite direction. If the Chardonnay is the wedding band, the Reserve is the diamond engagement ring. There is so much more happening in this wine, in every respect and all works together in balance. Still the acidity is quite stoic so enjoy now and for up to five years. 91

Christie Mavety
 
August 17, 2018 | Christie Mavety

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