Generally speaking I do a fair bit of research before I buy a wine. There’s a lot of plunk out there and only so much money! I decided to take a flyer and try this one with no information. The wine is very pale in color with a tart citrus nose to it. I am thinking I am in good shape this one is going to be good! On the mid pallet the wine is dominated by some sweet honey suckle flavors. On the finish the wine is on the lighter side with not a lot going on. I would put this more in line with an Auslese style German Riesling. Now for some this would be great. For me … not so much. We paired with a tandoori chicken and while it did not clash with it, it did not complement it either. I would give this an 87-88 or so. That’s what I get for going out on a limb. Needless to say (why do we say that and then continue anyway:) ) I won’t be rushing out to buy more of this, and to be frank I would take back any I had left. Not to my tastes at all.
From the LCBO web site:
FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP RIESLING 2009 VINTAGES 80234 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.95
Wine, White Wine 10.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : XD This is a VQA wine
Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Featherstone Estate Winery
Release Date: Apr 3, 2010
For such a young Riesling, this one has everything right going on. Aromas of apple, pear, melon and biscuits are front and centre. Dry, very racy and fresh, with excellent apple and pear replays. Quite zippy and palate refreshing. Medium bodied with a long fresh and fruity finish. Will reward 3+ years in a cellar or try it now with pan-fried freshwater fish. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2010)