Ontario Reviews

Ravine Vineyard 2007 Gewurztraminer
This wine is the tale of the Gewurztraminer that nobody wanted. Now I am not sure of the full story here, but I overheard the following story: the folks at Ravine got the fruit for this wine from an unwanted vineyard on the Beamsville Bench. They hand harvested, and double sorted the fruit, basically, they cherry picked only the best. About two months after bottling the wine was a disaster, they didn’t like the smell and the taste was very ordinary. This wine is a write off, or so they thought. A few weeks later in walked chef Michael Stadtlander, and he wanted to try a white for his restaurant, surprisingly he picked the Gewurzt. Michael must have tasted something nobody else did, and he was right - soon after this ugly duckling blossomed and turned into the beautiful swan, I mean version of the G-wine that it is today, not typical but very tasty. The nose is golden delicious apple based with a very subtle rosy-floral note; the palate has an easy sweetness (1) of pear and peach with a delicate yet long floral finish. What a treat. Michael liked the wine so much he designed the label for it – check it out. Price: $22.00 – Rating: ****½
Niagara Peninsula
at the winery

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