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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

TRADE TASTING: Lailey Vineyards Futures, Nov. 27, 2008

The Time and Date: Thursday, November 27, 2008  3PM to 7 PM
The Event: a 2007 Futures offering from Lailey Vineyard in Niagara on
the Lake. Derek Barnett is the winemaker, Ed Haddon is the sommelier.
The Venue: Fine Wine Reserve, King Street
The Target Audience: private clients.
The Availability/Catalogue: Three of the 2007 vintage wines are already
in bottle (Counterpoint, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay), the remaining 7
are barrel samples. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay will be out in February,
the balance in April. Futures orders were taken on site.
The Quote: Derek has had a long association with Lailey, buying fruit
from them when he was winemaker at Southbrook, In the fall of 2001, he
moved to NOTL and joined Lailey as a winemaker and business partner.
The Wines: it was hard to taste the reds since they were barrel
samples. The pinot was the most advanced.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Sauvignon Blanc 2007 $20 (under priced) – some oak treatment.
140 cases.
-Lailey Chardonnay Old Vines $35 – 1200 bottles – best wine here, 35
year old vines
-Lailey Pinot Noir Old Vines $40 – 100 cases, extended toasted oak.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Counterpoint 2007 $25 (white blend, 58% gew├╝rztraminer,
sauvignon blanc, riesling, chardonnay in equal proportions of 14% each)
140 cases
-Lailey Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 $25 – 200 cases
-Lailey Meritage Canadian Oak 2007 $35 – nice integration already.

*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Chardonnay 2007 Niagara River $25 – 1 year oak
-Lailey Syrah Canadian Oak 2007 $35 – like a young St. Joseph
-Lailey Cabernet Franc 2007 $35
-Lailey Impromptu 2007 $40 – 200 cases, blend of 60% syrah, 20%
cabernet sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 10% petit Verdot. Should be
approachable 3 – 5 years. Second vintage for this wine.

The Food: charcuterie and cheeses.
The Downside: it was at the end of a long tasting day.
The Upside: good wines and company
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.

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