A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 864: Happy 2023!

Saw in the New Year with this excellent traditional method sparkler from Luxembourg: Bernard-Massard Cuvée de T’écusson Brut. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Bready nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted apple and pear flavours. (90)

Other wines tasted:

Pelee Island Vinedressers Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2016 (South Islands)
Dense purple-ruby colour; cedary, lightly floral, plum and currant nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted plum and blueberry flavours with fresh acidity and mellow tannins. Well-balanced. (89)

Pelee Island Vinedressers Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2017 (South Islands)
Deep purple-ruby colour; spicy, toasty, cedary, redcurrant nose; medium-bodied, dry, lively red berry fruit flavours with fresh acidity and balancing oak. (89)

Pelee Island Vinedressers Chardonnay 2017 (South Islands, $17.95, CSPC #492462)
Pale straw in colour; lightly floral, high toned, apple nose with vanilla oak notes; medium to full-bodied, dry, toasty, apple and lemon flavours with a minty note on the finish. (88)

Hester Creek Old Vine Cabernet Franc 2020 (Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley)
Deep ruby in colour; cedary, lightly floral, black plum, black olive, and toasty oak on the nose; medium-bodied, savoury, juicy, blackcurrant and plum flavours, balancing acidity and firm but ripe tannins. (90)

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