The lovely and under-utilized Chardonnay Musque variety of grape is beginning to appear more and more on local wine shelves.
It’s really a clone of Chardonnay that’s much more aromatic and best expresses itself when it’s made without the benefit of oak aging.
It’s a wine that’s perfectly suited for warm summer days sitting on the porch or beside the pool whiling away the time.
The Chard Musque from Pillitteri leads our trio of WIN wines of the week. Here are three local Niagara wines to make your weekend just a little better:
Pillitteri Chardonnay Musque 2011
($20, winery, 88 points)
Fresh and ripe aromatics of tropical fruits, peach and apple.
It’s clean and simply delicious on the palate with summer peach and apple flavours delivered in a fresh style.
Great summer sipper.
EastDell Estates Gamay Noir 2010
($13, LCBO, winery, 87 points)
Gamay in Niagara just keeps getting more popular and wineries are answering the bell with more and more being grown and produced.
This is a smart buy from a good vintage for red wines in Niagara.
The nose shows bright berry-cherry fruit on the nose with savoury spice and blueberry-plum accents.
The fruits are ripe and juicy on the palate with a nice, balanced approach to the spice.
Medium-body and soft tannins add to the appeal.
Peninsula Ridge McNally Vineyards Proprietor’s Reserve Pinot Noir 2009
($25, Vintages, winery, 90 points)
Quite a forward and bright red berry Pinot that shows off the cherry-kirsch-strawberry fruit of the vintage.
It is smooth and ripe on the palate, with red fruits, sweet cedar and vanilla spice, soft tannins and showing great balance now. Can drink or hold this wonderful Pinot Noir that’s a steal at $25.
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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