Mission Hill Riesling 2007 (Canada)

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  • My Rating: D+

Reserve 2007 Riesling – Mission Hill Winery,13.0% ABV – 750ml, (Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada)

On back label:

“This is a rich, plus and refined wine. Subtle notes of white peach and verbena combine gracefully with a hint of nutmeg. Perfect integration and balance are completed with terrific length.”

  • Style: Riesling
  • Taste Profile: Fruity acidity -> nasty salty/sour/citrus/peach -> alcohol/salty/rough finish.
  • Where I got it: at the winery
  • How much: ~$19, Summer 2009
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: NO
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: NO

Tasting notes: 2007! and it’s already 2013 so I figure I should drink it. Anyways, pours clear light yellow. Fruity citrus with hints of peach on the nose. Drinks with 6/10-heavy acidity, almost SALTY, medium tang/sourness, transitions into 5/10-sweetness, mild citrus, hints of peach and nutmeg (I guess…), all with alcohol in the background, finishing with that lingering SALTINESS. Man I can’t get past that dense salt-like flavour. Maybe it’s because I’m eating it with chow mein which isn’t all that salty btw. Finish is jagged and not all that clean. Cannot recommend and do not like.

Mission Hill Martin’s Lane Riesling 2009 (Canada)

Martin’s Lane Riesling 2009 – Mission Hill Winery,13.0% ABV – 750ml, (Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada)

  • Style: Riesling (Single Vineyard, 1st Vintage, 400 cases)
  • My Rating: C+
  • Taste Profile: Red Apple -> Tart Green Apple -> Puckering sourness -> Light warmth
  • Where I got it: @Mission Hill Winery
  • How much: $28, July 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine aficionados: no

Tasting notes: pours crystal clear medium golden yellow. Inviting apple aroma on the nose. Fruity red apple up front, tart green apple, medium sweetness (6/10), honeydew melon, puckering acidity and sourness near the finish, light tang and warmth and almost salty. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability.