A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 844: 13th Street and Other Wines

13th Street wines

13th Street Reserve Pinot Gris 2019 (Creek Shores, Niagara)
Golden straw in colour; peach pit bouquet with pear notes and a light floral tone; medium-bodied, dry, peach and pear flavors carried on lively acidity. Drink now. (89)

13th Street June’s Vineyard Riesling 2020 (Creek Shores, Niagara)
Pale straw colour, minerally, grapefruit and lime bouquet; light-bodied, just off-dry with grapefruit, lime flavours and a touch of honey. Elegant, beautifully balanced with a long finish. Lovely mouth-feel. Drink now or hold 2–3 years. (90)

13th Street Viognier Reserve 2020 (Niagara Peninsula)
Straw colour; floral, lightly spicy, ripe peach nose; medium-bodied, dry, peach and melon flavours; harmonious and lingering. Beautifully balanced wine. Drink now and through 2023. (90)

 13th Street Whitty Vineyard Gamay 2020 (Creek Shores, Niagara)
Ruby colour; spicy, cherry nose; medium-bodied dry, cherry flavour with a floral note; well-balanced and fruity but well-structured. Drink now, chilled or room temperature. (90)

13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay 2020 (Creek Shores, Niagara)
More intense ruby colour than the Whitty Vineyard Gamay; spicy, cherry and red plum nose with oak spice; richly extracted flavours of black cherry and plum; medium-bodied, dry, well-balanced. Delicious! Drink now or hold 1–2 years.  (91)

13th Street Pinot Noir 2019 (Creek Shores, Niagara)
Bright, ruby colour; cedary, raspberry nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, well-balanced flavours of raspberry and red plum with well-integrated oak. Lovely mouth-feel. Drink now or hold through 2023-2024. (90)

Henry of Pelham Riesling 2021 (Short Hills Bench, LCBO #268375, $14.95)
Bright straw in colour; lime and grapefruit on the nose with a mineral thread; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, fresh, green apple and grapefruit flavours with a note of honey and a long finish. Great value. (90)

Henry of Pelham Riesling 2020 (Short Hills Bench, $19.95)
Pale straw in colour; spicy and aromatic grapefruit bouquet with a light petrol note; light-bodied, crisp, grapefruit, lime and honey flavours. Lovely mouth feel. (91)

Henry of Pelham Riesling 2020

Henry of Pelham Chardonnay 2021 (Short Hills Bench, LCBO #291211, $14.95)
Pale straw colour; lightly toasty, apple bouquet with a touch of oak spice and a note of minerality; medium-bodied, dry, harmonious, apple and lemon flavors. Great value. (90)

Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Niagara Peninsula, $15.95, LCBO #430546)
Pale straw colour; minerally, green plum and grapefruit on the nose; medium-bodied, crisply dry, green apple and grapefruit flavours. (88)

Speck Bros. Three of Hearts Rosé 2021 (Niagara Peninsula, $19.95, CSPC #552562)
Pale pink in colour; lightly floral, redcurrant and raspberry bouquet; medium-bodied, dry, sour cherry and raspberry flavours. (90)

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde (Portugal, $11, LCBO #530261)
Straw colour; lightly floral, minerally, spicy, white peach bouquet; light-bodied, crisply dry, spritzy, green peach and apricot flavours; well-balanced and refreshing. Ideal summer white. (89)

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde

Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020 (Prince Edward County, $25)
Ruby colour with a violet tint at the rim; high-toned, lightly floral nose of raspberries and oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, sour cherry and raspberry flavour; well-integrated oak and racy acidity. Lovely mouth-feel. (91)

Closson Chase Vineyard Pinot Noir 2020

Mission Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2021 (Okanagan Valley, $19)
Bright, pale straw colour; grassy, minerally, grapefruit nose with a lees-y note; medium-bodied, crisply dry, passionfruit flavour; long, lingering finish. (90)

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