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Friday, May 14, 2010



1.Pom'Or Tradition Sparkling Cider (Ciderie St-Nicolas, PQ), $13.45
June 26 Vintages, 750 mL with a sparkling wine cork and hood, 7% ABV.
Off-dry, fresh apples on the nose but also some nuances of baked
caramel tones and some pie spices. Some light honey touches, long crisp
finish, actually best with food (pork dishes, cheeses, light semi-sweet
desserts). Cuve close, 4 months cool fermentation. Made from a
combination of older heirloom and newer apple varieties in one of the
oldest apple orchards in PQ.
2. Featherstone Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2007 Twenty Mile Bench
Niagara, $39.95: winery only, 68 cases produced, expect cherries and
other red fruit, some French oak and toast and smoke, long finish, in
an atypical bottles (Bordeaux-style shape, plus screw cap). Wild yeast
strains used. 13% ABV, and should be long lasting.
3. Featherstone Estate Winery Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc 2008
Twenty Mile Bench Niagara, $19.95 for 375 mL half-bottles. About 190
cases, available only at winery. Predominantly strawberries, excellent
for dryish desserts, certainly with strawbs coming available in June.
Some noble rot makes it taste a bit exotic.
4. Featherstone Estate Winery Gewurztraminer Icewine 2008 Twenty Mile
Bench Niagara, $34.95 for 200 mL bottle: about 73 cases produced, only
available at the winery. This is my fave type of icewine, with that
intense gewurztraminer flavour and long, lingering finish. Since all
you need is a small dose, the 200 mL is certainly within reach of most
pocket books.
5. Featherstone Estate Winery Gewurztraminer 2009 Featherstone Vineyard
Niagara, $19.95: all stainless steel fermentation after cold soaking.
Alsatian style but lighter in body. Some may say lychee tones, but
there is also a slight bitter aftertaste, characteristic of the grape
variety. 100 cases, available this summer at the winery only. Good buy.
6. Featherstone Estate Winery Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2008 Twenty Miler
Bench Niagara, $21.95, only 86 cases made. It is a treat to be able to
taste real Canadian oak. But most I've tasted have the flavours of
something between French and American oak, so maybe it can be all right
to use a mix of oaks for the same kind of flavour profile.
Nevertheless, it makes it more Canadian and keeps our money at home. In
oak for a year, with flavours on the pear side of fruit tones. I liked

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