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Monday, May 21, 2018

Couple of New Queylus Wines tasted over Victoria Day Brunch

1.Domaine Queylus Pinot Noir Tradition 2015 VQA Niagara Peninsula Vintages +392738 $29.95 winery now, November 2018 at Vintages: as is typical with well-made pinot noirs in Ontario, there is concentration of immense red fruit flavours here, with some Ontario cranberry tartness on the finish. It does, of course, need bottle time, but this should repay the purchase price. I'm guessing four more years. Otherwise, do a double decant or open for a few days, at least with a one bottle purchase. Aged in French oak (35% new) for 16-20 months. It's a natural wine with little intervention by chief winemaker Thomas Bachelder. Quality/Price rating is 92 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
2.Domaine Queylus Pinot Noir Rose 2017 VQA Niagara Peninsula $21.95 winery and online: this is 100% pinot noir, with a great colour. Cherry-berry complexity (think strawbs, rasps, even cranberries making it tarter on the finish). Totally dry on the palate with enough substance and citric minerality to create a lingering on the finish. The wine could swing either way: as a sipper or as a first course foodwine. It might eventually evolve into something different with time (perhaps an Alsatian pinot noir), but do drink it as fresh as you can right now. 12% ABV. Finished under cork. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.


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