A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 829: A Light Tasting Week but Great Quality

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Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (Four Mile Creek, Niagara; $25.95, Vintages #238642)
Bright, golden straw in color; lightly toasty nose of apple with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced, apple and lemon flavours with a suggestion of oak and a spicy, long finish. (91)

Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Red Meritage 2018 (Niagara Peninsula, $29.95)
Dense purple colour; cedary, blackcurrant nose with toasty, tobacco and vanilla notes; medium-bodied, dry, spicy, blackcurrant, red plum and bitter chocolate flavours; well-structured and well-balanced with ripe tannins. (90)

Drappier Champagne Brut Nature (Champagne, $68.95, Vintages #379275, to be released March 5, 2022)
Straw colour; active mousse of tiny bubbles; toasty nose of apple and lemon zest; medium-bodied, dry, crisp, apple flavour, beautifully balanced and elegant with a long, lemony finish. (92)

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