Top Picks from Vintages' July 20 release
Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc 2001 (Ontario)
Sauvignon Blanc is relatively new to Ontario vineyards, and many of the wines have yet to show true varietal character. This is the first vintage of H of P Sauvignon that I can wholeheartedly recommend. Pale straw in colour, it has grassy, grapefruit nose with a flavour of fresh elderberries (a taste I always associate with the better wines of Sancerre). Well made and fresh.
Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Saint-Veran 2000 (Burgundy)
One of the bargain communes for white Burgundy. Medium straw colour; citrus, apple and hay on the nose. Medium-bodied with a ripe apple flavour. Well made and very attractively priced.
Inniskillin Meritage Reserve 1998 (Ontario)
A gold medal winner at the Ontario Wine Awards 2001. Dense purple-black in colour; classic Bordeaux nose of cedar, vanilla and cassis; well structured, good concentration of fruit, medium weight with an earthy note.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 Canoe Ridge Vineyard (Columbia Valley, Washington)
Dense ruby colour; blackcurrant, tobacco leaf, vanilla nose; medium-bodied, concentrated sweet fruit, well extracted, great balance with a spicy note.