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Wine Recommendation

CedarCreek Estate Winery 2004 Estate Select Chardonnay  (Okanagan Valley)

CedarCreek Estate Winery

2004 Estate Select Chardonnay
(Okanagan Valley)

CedarCreek Estate Winery has twice been named Canada’s winery of the year in the Wine Access Magazine’s annual Canadian Wine Awards. One reason could be the lengths to which the winery goes to elevate the quality of its second tier, or Estate Select, wines. The quality comes close to matching its top tier Platinum Reserve wines – especially with Chardonnay.

This wine, of which 1,360 cases were produced, was fermented entirely in new French oak barrels, aged on the lees for 11 months and then filtered only lightly before release.

The wine begins with fresh tropical aromas, leading to flavours of apples, grapefruit, and peaches; the layered flavours are enhanced with butterscotch and with subtle, toasty notes of the oak. The texture is fleshy and the finish is satisfying and rich. Everything is in balance in this attractive wine. 90 points.

Reviewed October 23, 2006 by John Schreiner.

The Wine

Winery: CedarCreek Estate Winery
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Estate Select Chardonnay
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $20.99

Review Date: 10/23/2006

The Reviewer

John Schreiner

John Schreiner has been covering the wines of British Columbia for the past 30 years and has written 10 books on the wines of Canada and BC. He has judged at major competitions and is currently a panel member for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards of Excellence in Wine. Both as a judge and as a wine critic, he approaches each wine not to find fault, but to find excellence. That he now finds the latter more often than the former testifies to the dramatic improvement shown by BC winemaking in the past decade.