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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay Cream Label 2006

External Review by Appellation America:

Right from its opening in 1992, Blue Mountain has enjoyed a cult following in British Columbia. Its wines are always on allocation, either to restaurants or to clients who cling to their place on the mailing list by never skipping the annual invitation to order. The winery tasting room is open only by appointment. The owners are not reluctant to turn away visitors without appointment, usually because few wines are available for tasting at any one time. Blue Mountain gets away with its aloofness by offering solid wines that are well-priced. It starts with exemplary grape growing. Owners Jane and Ian Mavety have grown grapes here since 1972. Beginning in 1986, they converted the entire vineyard primarily to Burgundy varieties. They opened the winery with a range of dry table wines when nearly all their peers in British Columbia then offered off-dry Germanic whites. The winery has been consistently successful with Chardonnay, capturing pure, clean fruit through gentle processing. The hand-picked grapes are whole-cluster pressed with the stems still attached, thereby avoiding the mangling of a crusher-de-stemmer. A portion of the juice is barrel-fermented in French oak, which leaves subtle oak backing up toasty and citrus aromas and flavours. The wine, moderate in alcohol, is full on the palate but not heavy, with an elegant balance. 90 points.

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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars:
Blue Mountain welcomes you to experience wines using exclusively estate grown grapes from its South Okanagan vineyard. Focusing on varietal wines made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, Blue Mountain strives to produce complex, age-worthy wines, consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season. At Blue Mo... Read more
Blue Mountain welcomes you to experience wines using exclusively estate grown grapes from its South Okanagan vineyard. Focusing on varietal wines made from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, and Pinot Noir, Blue Mountain strives to produce complex, age-worthy wines, consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season. At Blue Mountain, it also means the use of 100% estate-grown grapes. Following the estate concept to its fullest extent sets Blue Mountain apart from most North American wineries. Indeed, in the burgeoning industry of the Okanagan Valley, Blue Mountain can make the rare claim of more than 36 years of continuous grape production by one family. The grapes that are harvested for Blue Mountain wines are sourced solely from its own vineyard. A philosophy of sustainable land management ensures limited chemical input. Using classic varietals, which originate in France in growing conditions like our own, we limit our crop yields resulting in higher concentration of the fruit. In the winery, winemaker Matt Mavety combines new technology with traditional techniques. The wines are handled minimally to ensure that the delicacy and intensity of flavours cultivated in the vineyard are expressed in the wine. French oak barrels are used in the cellar to soften and add complexity. All of these factors combine to result in a style and finesse fitting to the varietals. Read less

External Reviews for Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay Cream Label

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Right from its opening in 1992, Blue Mountain has enjoyed a cult following in British Columbia. Its wines are always on allocation, either to restaurants or to clients who cling to their place on the mailing list by never skipping the annual invitation to order. The winery tasting room is open only by appointment. The owners are not reluctant to turn away visitors without appointment, usually because few wines are available for tasting at any one time. Blue Mountain gets away with its aloofness by offering solid wines that are well-priced. It starts with exemplary grape growing. Owners Jane and Ian Mavety have grown grapes here since 1972. Beginning in 1986, they converted the entire vineyard primarily to Burgundy varieties. They opened the winery with a range of dry table wines when nearly all their peers in British Columbia then offered off-dry Germanic whites. The winery has been consistently successful with Chardonnay, capturing pure, clean fruit through gentle processing. The hand-picked grapes are whole-cluster pressed with the stems still attached, thereby avoiding the mangling of a crusher-de-stemmer. A portion of the juice is barrel-fermented in French oak, which leaves subtle oak backing up toasty and citrus aromas and flavours. The wine, moderate in alcohol, is full on the palate but not heavy, with an elegant balance. 90 points.




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