WINES OF THE WEEK

Windsor Star - - WEEKEND REVIEW -

Flat Rock Good Kharma Chardon­nay 2016 Twenty Mile Bench, Ni­a­gara Penin­sula

★★★★ $16.95 (Vin­tages 356873)

Good Kharma was de­vel­oped as a fundrais­ing la­bel to sup­port the On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion of Food Banks. An af­ford­able and at­trac­tive Ni­a­gara Chardon­nay, this of­fers nicely bal­ance be­tween fruit and oak flavours and bright acid­ity. It’s gen­er­ous and mouth-fill­ing style, which makes for a pleas­ing white wine to en­joy on its own or with a meal.

Ston­estreet Es­tate Vine­yards Chardon­nay 2015 Alexan­der Val­ley, Sonoma County, Calif. ★★★★1/2

$49.95 (Vin­tages 991380)

This is a rich and re­ward­ing style of Chardon­nay made with grapes grown from high-el­e­va­tion vine­yards (400 to 1,800 feet, or 122 to 549 me­tres) in Alexan­der Val­ley, a premium re­gion in Sonoma County. There’s fresh­ness to tem­per the ripe core of fruit that’s ac­cented by spice and sweet­ish notes. This splurge-wor­thy Chardon­nay is ex­pres­sive and en­joy­able.

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