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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Quaff this: Burrowing Owl 2001 Chardonnay (Okanagan Valley, British Columbia)

I came, I drank, and here's what I said about it:
Allow me to take a moment between chapters on the Wine and Food Show to introduce you to a lovely find. At a recent work-related reception (famous for its all-Canadian libations) I couldn't decide on what to drink, so I thought I'd try something new. British Columbia's Burrowing Owl 2001 Chardonnay was much more than I expected. Not being much of a chardonnay drinker myself, I tend to shy away from anything but the unoaked varieties. But this one had such enticing, come-hither aromas of vanilla, buttered toast and ripe pear that I couldn't resist. The mouthfeel was soft, with a hint of acidity to keep it from having the typical cloying, overpowering sense of licking the inside of a barrel. Flavours included apple, cinnamon and more vanilla. Long, smoky and sweet finish. One of a very limited number of chardonnays I've been able to drink on its own.

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