This Saturday’s Vintage’s release is one of the largest for local wines this year. There are a lot of gems to choose from.
There’s an especially large Riesling contingent and some great Pinot Noirs from the strong 2009 vintage.
We narrowed down three beauties for our WIN wines of the week.
Here’s what to look for:
Bachelder Niagara Saunders Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
($45, 91 points)
This single-vineyard Niagara Chard from the Beamsville Bench is the tightest of the three Niagara wines made by Thomas Bachelder from his 2010 portfolio (tasted last summer), especially on the nose, but I anticipate it will open up with a little more bottle age.
It’s showing baked apple, some cream and spice and a touch of flinty minerality on the nose.
It’s much more expressive on the palate with broad stone fruit flavours, poached pear, cream and spicy caramel and toasted oak flavours. Lovely.
Rosewood Natalie’s Süssreserve Riesling 2010
($15, 90 points)
This is a signature style of Riesling for Rosewood and former winemaker Natalie Spykowksy.
Riesling juice is added back to the wine before bottling to add complexity, natural acidity and sweetness.
The 2010 version shows an attractive nose of lime cordial, sweet ginger, apricots and peach.
It’s off-dry on the palate with lovely, honey-sweet fruits, juicy apricot and mango with a ginger accent. Delicious stuff.
13th Street Premier Cuvee Brut 2008
($35, 90 points)
A blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay made in the traditional method.
It possesses a lovely bready-yeasty nose with citrus, creamy pear and vanilla toast notes.
It hits the palate in waves of racy acidity, bubbles, citrus, baked apple and biscotti.
The finish is finessed and long lasting.
Another argument why this winery is one of the finest in the region for making sparkling wines.
Rick Vansickle is a veteran journalist, wine reviewer and publisher of Wines in Niagara. His reviews appear each Friday in Bullet News.
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