(By Marina La Forgia) It’s always nice to taste a new style of new world Chardonnays. If you, like me, are in the search of some more freshness and less oaky notes in this well known type of whites, there is the Chardonnay from Bonterra winery in Mendocino, California, that perfectly expresses the genuine typicity highlighting the nature of its unique terroir. This organic and even vegan white wine has surprised me for its different but quite elegant aromas of green apple, pear and lime. In the mouth, it’s still very unctuous and rich in body thanks to the oak and malolactic fermentations, however the fruity flavors and some mineral hints are still predominant, giving a crispy and vibrant fresh aftertaste. Pretty interesting to discover a diverse style of well-made American Chardonnays available at the SAQ stores for less than CAD 20. Cheers!
(By Marina La Forgia) Let me introduce you to this very pleasant white wine from Bodegas Ontañon made with Viura, indigenous grape from Rioja. Vetiver is a good mix of terroir expression and winemaking. It combines intense tropical fruits aromas with some buttery and smoky notes that make it very original, onctuous and rich without losing any elegance and delicacy in the palate. Yes, it's a 2014 vintage which means "an aged white", and it really resumes the authentic Rioja style. However, at the same time this Vetiver is an innovative and audacious type of wine that I really loved to discover. It's good to get out of the comfort zone sometimes, wine tasting speaking...right?