Meyer Family Vineyards are known for their single vineyard chardonnays made in a spare, hands off style. The 2019 Dr. Bonnie Henry Chardonnay comes off the family owned Old Main Road Vineyard that sits on a terrace on Naramata Bench. It was first planted in 1996 with a gentle northerly aspect over alluvial deposits of silt and clay loams. The northerly aspect is key because it allows the fruit to ripen slowly out of the heat of the day, retaining a good level of acidity and allowing the minerality to punch through. The farming methods are a combination of uncertified organic and sustainable principles. Expect a taut, finely strung white made in the reductive style of chardonnay. At once stony and mineral, the acidity freshens it form front to back. The wine reminds me of Dr. Henry: It’s both sunny and compassionate, but the palate is super bright and very complex when you get into it. We are not supposed to use the “B” word, but the enticing lees tinge with a scent of reductive garlic and a wash of citrus notes take me to Burgundy every time. Impressive. Super value.
Score: 93 points -- Anthony Gismondi, gismondionwine.com, 2021