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Closson Chase ‘K. J. Watson Vineyard’ Pinot Gris 2015
VQA Four Mile Creek $21.95 12.0% alcohol
This is a lovely Gris, stylish and flavourful with persistent purity of fruit and balanced on a pin. Honeycomb, peach and tropical fruit aromas announce a medium-weight, heavenly textured stream of lemon-lime and apple garnished with saline/flint/mineral notes and apple skin. It’s charming with a lengthy finish and lovely to sip—divine paired with fish and seafood and very good value. (Vic Harradine)

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Closson Chase ‘The Brock’ Chardonnay 2014
VQA Niagara River $22.95 13.5% alcohol
This is well balanced with persistent fruit flavour, 18 months of well-integrated oak and a clean, crisp finish and aftertaste. Aromas of binned apple and wisps of caramel provide segue for a medium-bodied, nicely textured wash of ripe apple, baking spice, sweet vanilla and lemony tang bathing the palate infusing the crisp, refreshing finish. (Vic Harradine)

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Closson Chase ‘Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2014
VQA Prince Edward County $28.95 12.5% alcohol
Flinty/matchstick/mineral notes and wisps of ripe apple aromas dominate the nose of this light-medium bodied Chardonnay. Hand-harvested estate fruit saw 16 months of French oak, only 8% new. Delicate/restrained flavours of apple and pear on the palate meld with a surge of racy lemon on the tang-laden finish. (Vic Harradine)

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Closson Chase ‘K. J. Watson Vineyard’ Pinot Noir 2014
VQA Niagara River $34.95 12.5% alcohol
A translucent-pink hue in the glass, ephemeral flavours are delicate throughout. Aromas of herbs, beetroot and cherry clafoutie precede a gentle, light-on-its-feet wash of savory herbs, pie cherry and passion fruit bathing the palate and mid-length finish. Hand-harvested fruit was aged 12 months in seasoned oak barrel where it underwent malolactic conversion. It’s a perfect pairing with smoked/grilled duck breasts. (Vic Harradine)