Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Graze the Bench '10

June 6th: A table of Schott Zwiesel glasses welcomed us at Peninsula Ridge... 

Several wines to choose from ... we chose a 2008 Viognier and a 2008 Reserve Syrah

Plates of lamb burgers and baby spinach greens freshly prepared at the BBQ...

Luscious green growth could be seen on slopes of vines...

... and a lone falcon in a postcard sky

The Peninsula Ridge Tasting Room was busy pouring samples to an eager crowd.... not quite like 'running of the bulls'

(The two Viogniers at the counter are ours)

Listening to a wispy soloist with guitar accompaniment (hidden) at Organized Crime...

... relaxing in the early summer sun on the grassy outlook...

...and munching on crispy About Thyme Bistro’s Fries
Having consumed our limit we meandered home.


PENINSULA RIDGE VIOGNIER 2008 VQA Niagara Peninsula, Beamsville, Ontario, 13.0% D,  #662601  $12.95*  (Tasted June 9, 2010) CS

The 2007 vintage released on June 20, 2009 was priced at $14.95 and described by the Vintages panel (April 2009) as “… Pale lemon-gold in colour, the nose opens with attractive aromas of white flowers and apricots. Flavours of apricots and ripe citrus are joined by a hint of peach, and the gentle touch of minerality, on the mouth-watering, medium-long finish. This is silky textured and also quite refreshing thanks to lively, tangy acidity. … savour with grilled chicken salad, or roasted chicken breast with apricot/mango chutney. “  My notes: The 2008 was purchased from the Winery on June 6, 2010. I tasted the 2006 vintage in September 2007 with an 85 rating.  At the time Gord Stimmell gave the 2006 a 90 saying ‘Classic clover blossom, peach and apple aromas… etc. “ The 2008 is much the same: blond in colour with a wild rose scent edged with citrus for sharpness. The film is firm leaving slow tears and the first sip has a smooth not quite buttery feel, some tang and flavours of subtle melon and lemon. The finish is long and smooth especially if allowed to go off chill when flavours strengthen. An interesting social sipper, neither complex nor simple, or to be paired with seafood, an Asian buffet or perhaps grilled chicken breast not spicy. A drink now. 88

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