Friday, April 28, 2006

More April Whites (2): Canada Riesling, Canada Chard

DANIEL LENKO RESERVE RIESLING 2004, Beamsville, Canada, 11.5% XD, Winery $15.95 (Tasted April 27, 2006)

The website says, "Packed with lime, lemon, grapefruit and orange rind aromas, this wine also displays hints of spice, honey and flowers. The typical bracing acidity of Riesling is present, allowing for a good structure and clean, long finish." My notes: An off-dryness balances the crisp acidity nicely. Almost white with a blond tint and a just perceptible lemon/grapefruit and orange zest nose. The flavours include lemon, wild apple, and some minerals. The finish is long with a citrus peel or slight tangerine that puts a light oil on the lips. Doesn't quite clean your teeth as a sipper but is refreshing. Pair with dungeness crab salad, grilled scallop skewers, white fish dishes or a cold shrimp ring. Should be able to cellar this for a few years.

DANIEL LENKO UNOAKED CHARDONNAY 2004, Beamsville, Canada, 13.0% XD, Winery $19.95 (Tasted April 27, 2006)

The website says, "Gobs of pineapple, lime, lemon and peach aromas. The fresh, inviting nose leads to a massive, round texture with a mineral/flint base typical of unoaked chardonnay". My notes: Light blond with a faint lemon-and-ripe-peach nose. Medium-bodied, a soft creaminess and slight flavours of lemon and ripe peach against a balanced acid framework. The finish starts strong but fades quickly into a faint grassiness. Better matched with vegetable purees, hot or cold, perhaps gazpacho, raw oysters, lightly grilled white fishes. Cellaring should give more structure - if the first year confirms, go year by year.

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