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|ELEVATION ST. URBAN VINEYARD RIESLING 2016 VQA Niagara Escarpment
|Vintage Assessments Tasting Note
|Bright extremely pale straw colour. Fairly attractive, slightly spicy, honeyed, bright fresh Honey Crisp apple nose. Slightly sweet, light bodied, spicy, honeyed, fresh ripe Honey Crisp apple flavours with a slightly tinny finish. Ready-to-drink. This REPEAT has 10.5% alcohol and 35 g/L residual sugar. Unfortunately, the first bottle assessed had some tca (cork taint) notes and the second bottle seems to have retreated from the 88.5-points it had last time. The 2016 (**/**+) was last released on January 6, 2018 at $19.95.
||White Table Wine
Spicy, Off Dry
|TASTING NOTE: St. Urban is one of the most important Riesling vineyards in Ontario. It has history, a proven track record, distinct terroir from block to block and produces top-notch Riesling each and every year at various levels. Elevation is one tier down from the Reserve, but, for me, this defines the wines from Vineland Estate and the winemaker, Brian Schmidt. It's such a beautiful vineyard both esthetically and for its rich vein of limestone that forms the foundation of the wine's personality no matter the vintage. The nose shows bright, vibrant lime zest and citrus, apple skin, summer peach and stony minerality. Just wow on the palate, an initial blast of lemon-lime then honey crisp apple and peach, then waves of wet stone that is all perfectly balanced by racy acidity that runs through the core. Delicious now, but worth laying down a few bottles to see how it matures. Score - 92 (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, Jan. 4, 2018)
||vintages release - September 15, 2018
||262 (12 bottles per case)
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Score: - Poor * Very Basic
** Good **/**+ Very Good **+ Excellent