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Monday, February 25, 2013

Huff Wines in review

1. Huff Estate South Bay Vineyards Chardonnay 2010 VQA Prince Edward
County, $29.95 +88955 Vintages: some burgundian elegance but needs more
time to evolve. It's been a fave of mine for quite some time, showing
some lean tropicality and green orchard fruit, finishing crisp after
some oak tones. 12.5% ABV, 14 months in French oak (25% new), tastes
lightly toasted. 450 cases. Needs more time in the bottle. Rated 89 by
Dean Tudor.
2. Huff Estate South Bay Vineyards Merlot 2010 VQA Prince Edward
County, $29.95: Black fruit dominates (broods?) on nose and palate,
with cedary leaf tobacco influence, light spices. Best with food. 13%
ABV, 15 months in new French oak, tastes lightly toasted. 560 cases.
Rated 88 by Dean Tudor.
3. Huff Estate Hillier Vineyard Cuvee Janine 2010 Sparkling Rose VQA
Prince Edward County, $29.95: Traditional Champagne method of riddling
and fermenting on the lees (24 months with this wine), 100% pinot noir,
12.5% ABV. 170 cases. Crimson colour, beyond rose, much like a
sparkling pinot noir with very little saignee. Winey flavours, but an
intense sparkler dominated by cranberries (typical of Ontario). Should
keep well for several years. Rated 87 by Dean Tudor.

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