Canada — Ontario • $45.20 • 92/100

The 2014 County Chardonnay holds up its County heritage to challenge its Niagara sibling for Hardie dominance. It is medium straw with glints of yellow. Bright lemon and yellow apple aromas are edged by notes of hay, vanilla and cedary resin. Vivid acidity defines the palate, enlivening the just-ripe fruit, with the oak-spice and resin notes now just an undertone, adding depth rather than flavour. And that chalky, stony, salty finish shouts out “County!” So alive, fresh and compelling. It will be hard not to drink this now, but please put some away to allow time to work its magic. • Tasted 2017-03-06 • LCBO id#0 • Find it at your nearest LCBONORMAN HARDIE WINERY (Agent)

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