Chris Waters (Chief Editor of Vines Magazine). An unmistakable gun smoke, flinty note greets you on the nose of this mineral-rich model of Chardonnay before giving way to refreshing citrus and stone fruit aromas. The palate also leads with complex earthy, mineral notes that gain lift from the wine’s remarkable lemon/lime character. The result is an engaging Chardonnay with an appealing ying-yang personality of richness and intensity.
Natalie McLain (Sommelier and Wine Writer). Looking at my notes, I realized that "Yes, oh, yes!" is not really a tasting note and might be interpreted as something else. However, it was sheer ecstasy to drink this Chardonnay with its rich layers of buttery, toasted almond goodness. Lovely oak integration and a long satisfying finish that leaves you plesantly yearning for more. Pair with: crustaceons, poultry, pasta dishes with cream based sauces. Drink: 2010-2014. 12% D 750 mL $35.00 Score: 92/100.
Jamie Drummond (Director/Sommelier of Good Food Media). Barring his next door neighbor Dan Sullivan at Rosehall Run, I have always felt that Norm has a touch with Prince Edward County Pinot Noir that is second-to-none. It’s the vineyards of course, and the way in which these two talented Winemakers take care of said vineyards. This edition shows a wonderful delicacy of red fruit aromatics: raspberries, wild strawberries. There is also an ethereal perfume that I just couldn’t put my olfactory finger upon. The limestone seems to sing from the soil to the roots, the roots to the vine, the vine to the grape, the grape to the wine, the wine to your entire experience. It’s a very classic linear wine, and with its relatively low alcohol not a wine that will necessarily please the bullied palates of those weaned on Sideways-leaning Golden State Pinots, but for me it is pretty damn close to perfection. There is a lot of wine in this glass if you know where to look.