In 2018 the Tribute Chardonnay pays homage to Gordon Appelbe Smith, CM, OBC., "a cornerstone in the history of Modernist painting in Canada. At age 100, Smith's creativity continues to enrich all, not only through his artistic contributions but also through his mentoring and generosity to others." 2018 follows the Meyer mantra: a gentle press, only the best free-run juice is used that is fermented and aged in all French oak barrels (now only 22 percent new) for 11 months without stirring or battonage. It goes through a natural malolactic fermentation before it is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The winery is based in the sub-GI, Okanagan Falls, but the fruit for Tribute comes of the "Old Main Road Vineyard," a small terrace on the sub-GI Naramata Bench. Old Main Road was planted in 1996 exclusively to chardonnay vines over a mix of silty alluvial deposits over clay loam. Its northerly aspects tend to temper the speed of ripening that usually spawns a full series of flavours without dissipating the natural acidity — farming is uncertified organic/sustainable. The profile is skinny in 2018 led by a fresh lemony nose and palate with bits of green apple and more citrus throughout. It's solid if a little bit soft through the finish. It will be ready to drink sooner than later, and you can start this summer.
Score: 90 points -- Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, 2020