Wild Goose Riesling 2010 (Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [B-]

Riesling (God’s Mountain Vineyard) – Wild Goose Vineyards, 13.6% ABV – 750ml, (Okanagan Falls, BC, Canada) (*local BC wine)


on the back label:

“God’s mountain Vineyard is one of the most spectacular and rugged sites in the Okanagan. Grown in clay and sand solids, their roots esconced in deep gravel deposits, these 18 year-old vines are meticulously tended using biodynamic growing techniques. The result is a smaller but more concentrated fruit, floral, clover, apple and mineral flavours with clean citrus notes. This dry wine pairs beautifully with cheeses, chicken, pork, and seafood.”

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  • Style: (vintage, Riesling) White Wine
  • Taste: Tangy fruity citrus apple acidity sour-puckery tart minerality
  • Where I got it : Firefly / Vancouver
  • How much: $23 CAD (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes
  • Would I recommend this to white wine lovers:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours very light sunshine yellow.

Nose: red and green apple, hints of soapy pear. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: white wine citrus acidity

Mid-palate: pronounced tangy acidity, light sour green apple, (lvl-1-sweetness), soft bright minerality

Finish: stealth alcohol throat warmth, tart-puckery, white grapey exhale

Summary: Decently drinkable, but not remarkably memorable. A good sipper.

White Bear Riesling 2010 (Oliver, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C-]

Riesling 2010 – White Bear Wines, 12.5% ABV, 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“BC’s Great Bear Rainforest is 21 million acres and is the largest coastal temperate rainforest in the world. It is home to grizzly bears, coastal wolves, salmon and the rare white Kermode or ‘Spirit’ Bear, which exists nowhere in the world besides this rainforest. Protecting habitat of this ‘umbrella’ species will protect many other species. A globally significant conservation effort is underway so that this rainforest can thrive for future generations.”

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  • Style: (White wine) Riesling
  • Taste: Sour sustained dry acidic green apple lime
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store (Van)
  • How much: $14 (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados:

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear light yellow, lots of micro bubbles clinging to the side of the glass.

Nose: green apple, honey dew, tingly acidity (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: mouth-flooding acidity

Mid-palate: (lvl-2), (MAIN) green apple, lime

Finish: sustained sour-acidity, thicken saliva.

Summary: Too much acidity and not enough inviting fruitiness. There are many other Rieslings I’d much prefer to have than this.

Calliope Riesling 2010 (BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: [C]

Riesling 2010, 13% ABV, 750ml, (Oliver, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Calliope (ka-LIE-oh-pee) wine embodies the freedom a beauty of its two namesakes: B.C.’s tiniest hummingbird, and the Greek Muse of Eloquence. Calliope is an escape from tradition; winemakers are empowered to utilize their creative talents to explore new taste profiles and expressive, fresh characteristics in each variety. The nose on this lively Riesling smacks of luscious orange blossoms, with hints of peach and pear. Bright acidity and ripe grapefruit refresh the palate. The perfect choice with Lemongrass BBQ Pork.”

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  • Style: (White wine) Riesling
  • Taste: Sour acidic tangy fruity apple/pear
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $18 (after 10% off) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: can’t say I do

Visual: Screw-top cap. Pours clear light yellow.

Nose: Acidic tangy, pear, light muscat. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fruity acidity

Mid-palate: medium puckery sour, (MAIN) lime, stonefruit, apple/pear, (lvl-3)-sweetness covered by the acidity.

Finish: grapefruity semi-sweet acidic finish.

Summary: Pretty standard, nothing that notable. Decent body and acidity.

JoieFarm Riesling – Okanagan Valley (Naramata, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Riesling 2010 – JoieFarm Winery,11.9% ABV – 750ml, (Naramata, BC, Canada)

On the back label:

“Riesling, at its best, balances mouthwatering acidity, a  touch of sweetness and moderate alcohol levels in support of aromas and flavours of citrus and tropical fruit, flowers and spice. The greatest examples we know of originate in Germany and it was Germans who brought the first Riesling to the Okanagan Valley.”

  • Style: (Vintage) Riesling
  • Taste: acidic sugars -> sweet-sour/green apple/pear/lime -> cloying/tart/tangy-tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $25 (after 10%) – 750ml., May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine imbibers: yes

Visual: Aluminum screw cap top, Pours clear light golden yellow, with a few bubbles on the bottom.

Nose: Tangy-sour red/green apple, white table grapes, hints of peach. (4)-aromatic nose.

Attack: acidity/dense sugars

Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (7)-sourness (MAIN) (7)-green apple, pear, lime

Finish: (4)-cloying sugars, medium tartness, lingering sour-tangy finish.

Summary: Truly a delicate balance of sweet-sour-tangy-fruit-alcohol, and body as advertised on the front label.   (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

No.99 Wayne Gretzky Estates Riesling (Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: D

Riesling 2008 – No.99 Wayne Gretzky Estates, 11.3% ABV, 750ml, (Vineland, Ontario, Canada)

on the back label:

“No.99 Riesling from the 2008 vintage is a refreshing presentation of one of Niagara’s most prized aromatic white varieties. Bright citrus fruit lemon-lilme acidity, creating a crisp, alluring wine with a fruit-forward nose and long, lush palate structure. Drinking well now, and will evolve further in bottle over the next 3-5 years.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: super sour -> cloying acidity/lemon/lime/minerality -> tart/tangy/acidic finish
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $20 (after 10% off) / ($14 online direct) – 750ml, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine drinkers: no

Visual: Wayne Gretzky, the legend! How about this wine? Professional fancy label, complete with Wayne’s signature for you learn to forge on all his memorabilia. Pours light golden yellow with some tiny bubbles in the glass.

Nose: lemon-lime acidity

Attack: extreme citrus (10)-sourness

Mid-palate: (4)-sweetness, (9)-cloying acidity, (MAIN) lemon oil, lime, green apple (HINT) minerality

Finish: (7)-tart, tangy, acidic, cloying finish.

Summary: This is a wine that definitely must accompany a meal. It’s way to sour on it’s own and becomes even more so as it warms up. I’m a fan of Gretzky but not this wine. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Orofino Riesling (Cawston, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C-

Riesling 2010 – Orofino Vineyards, 12.3% ABV, 750ml, (Cawston, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Typical Orofino Riesling full of complex tropical fruit, lime and minerality. Dry with bright acidity.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: sourness -> green apple/lime/pineapple/papaya -> tart acidity/puckery off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off) – 750ml, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to wine drinkers: no, average

Visual: Raised font printed paper label, screw-top cap. Pours light yellow with a few small bubbles.

Nose: green apple, pineapple, lime, lots of acidity and brightness. (7)-aromatic strength.

Attack: intense sourness

Mid-palate: (2)-sweetness, continued sourness, (MAIN) green apple, lime, pineapple, papaya

Finish: lingering tartness-acidity-sourness, puckery off-dry fruity finish.

Summary:  Decent body and structure, but I find the acidic sourness too overbearing. (Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Intrigue Riesling 2010 (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C

Intrigue Riesling 2010, 12.5% ABV, 750ml, (Lake Country, BC, Canada)

on the back label:

“The RIESLING was grown in beautiful Lake Country on a west facing slope. The light crop load and intense summer heat allowed the aromas and flavours to concentrate in the berries. This wine has a very prominent CITRUS AROMA balanced with GRANNY SMITH APPLES and notes of classic PETROL. The fruit forward flavours are balanced with the bright acidity that will excite your palate. The richness that follows will leave your mouth watering.”

  • Style: Riesling
  • Taste Profile: super sour -> sweet/sour green apple/pear/sour & tart -> tangy/acidic sour/
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $19 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light golden yellow with watery legs.

Nose: green apple, minerality, mild tart/tangy apple juice, mild peach (5-aromatic strength)

Attack: overwhelming sourness(10)

Mid-palate: dense apple sweetness(6), medium tartness, (MAIN) green apple, (HINT) pear, petrol bitterness (!, really), apricot

Finish: persistent tanginess(7), acidic sourness(9), thickened saliva(5), lingering sour-tangy apple finish.

Summary: First initial sips are unbalanced and out of whack; The sourness is way too aggressive at first but you gradually get used to it. Decent flavour and body follow once you accept its extroverted nature. It’s not something I’d recommend but I’m glad I tried it anyway.(Note: all numbers above are on a 10-point scale, with 1 being weak and 10 being the strongest)

Ruby Blues Winery – Riesling (Penticton, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Riesling 2010 – Ruby Blues Winery, 12.0% ABV – 750ml, (Penticton, BC, Canada)

On the front side label:

“’Goodbye Ruby Tuesday… catch your dreams before they slip away…’ The shoes represent the dreams we all have…This wonderful painting was created by our friend and brilliant artist Jennifer Grant. The grapes for this Riesling are exclusively from the Naramata Bench. Handpicked Oct.26/2010. This Riesling shows GREEN APPLES, CITRUS and MINERAL FLAVOURS. A wonderful compliment to chicken and various cheeses.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: medium sweet apple -> green apple/tart/lime/mineral -> sour/tangy/semi-sweet cloying apple finish
  • Where I got it: Legacy
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: no, not outstanding enough

Visual: I like the colour matching of the dark red screwcap and blood-red background on the label. Pours standard white wine light yellow, with what appear to be micro-sized bubbles at the bottom of the glass – cool.

Nose: tangy green apple with medium acidity and a hint of lemon/lime

Attack: escalating 7/10-sweetness,

Mid-palate: green apple + tartness, hints of lime, minerality

Finish: medium acidic sourness, tangy, semi-sweet light cloying apple finish.

Summary: Decent body and drinkability, though not particularly complex or remarkable.

Hainle Vineyards Riesling 2003 (BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C (average)

Hainle Vineyards (Organic) Riesling 2003, 12.5% ABV – 750ml, (Peachland, BC, Canada)

(Note: Hainle is North America’s first ever ice wine producer)

on the back of the bottle:

Gold medal Grand Cru-Long Beach, CA, Gold medal, Grand Rapids International Wine Competition, MI,

Our Riesling was made with grapes grown in some of the best -suited vineyard sites, in Lakeview Heights, Penticton, and our own, organically managed Peachland location. Citrus, apricot and mineral aromas are followed by crisp, spicy flavours. This wine is a versatile match with all kinds of seafood, chicken, Midterranean, and Asian cuisine.”

  • Style: (white wine) Riesling
  • Taste Profile:
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot Hastings
  • How much: $36 (after 5% off), January 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: can’t say; I don’t like it but you might

Visual: Wow this wine is over a decade old and it is STILL available for sale via their website. If wines are good, don’t they sell out…? Anyhow, cracking open a bottle of anything over a decade old is quite exciting. Pours clear light lemon yellow as you might expect.

Nose: Red apple juice on the nose, not much else

Attack: incoming acidity, 8/10-sourness

Mid-palate: predominantly sour/tangy green apple, hints of stone fruit

Finish: sour/mild-tart, off-dry puckery acidic finish.

Summary:  Big bold fruity green apple up front but I don’t appreciate the sour/puckeriness of the mid to finish. Just average for me, not something I would drink again, recommend, or give a gold medal to.

Chateau des Charmes Riesling 2007 (Ontario, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Château des Charmes 2007 Riesling, 12.5% ABV – 750ml, (Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario, Canada)

On back label:

“This estate bottled dry Riesling was sourced from grapes grown exclusively on our own vineyards. Bright, light gold colour with pronounced lemon and lime aromas, fine acidity and minerality on a clean, lingering finish. 18,360 bottles were produced. This is one of the finest dry Rieslings produced in Canada.”

  • Style: (dry) Riesling
  • Taste Profile: semi-sweet -> apple/lime/stonefruit/sour -> tangy/tart finish
  • How much: $22 (after 10% off) BUT ($13 from winery website), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to white wine aficionados: yes

Visual: (another 2007, 6 years old!) screw-cap. Pours clear light yellow, zero sediment.

Nose: green apples, lemon & lime, white nectarine

Attack: dense 4/10-sweetness *definitely not dry*

Mid-palate: white stonefruit (peach/nectarine), green apple, lime, medium sourness

Finish: light warmth, medium tang, med-high tart crispness

The body is round and the flavours are pleasant. The acidity and denseness get heavy as the wine warms up though.