2016 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Speck Family Reserve, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

Purple in color with ruby swirls.  The nose is dusty warm with plums and red berries.  On the palate, there is a nice chocolate dust quality to this along with some plums and black cherries.  Tart acidity which works well (almost in a Barbera way).  Some firm tannins.  This wine is quite food friendly and while different, certainly it would please most tastes.  $23 is a nice value for this wine.  A few steps up from the basic level Baco Noir they make and about the same pricing.

2016 13th Street Gamay Noir, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Deep ruby/purple in color.  Bright.  The nose is dusty and slightly horsey with red berries.  On the palate, plums and cherries.  Still a lot of tannins.  This wine could pass for Clos de la Roilette, one of the better Beaujolais producers.  Whether it improves in the cellar is a question, but it is drinking quite well right now.  Would work with a lot of foods including heartier fare as well.  $17.  

2017 Henry of Pelham Riesling, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Pale silvery/gold in color.  The nose has slight, slight, petrol and along with slight pineapple and with air, minerals.  On the palate, it seems more about grapefruit with an underlying minerality.  This is mostly dry but there is some sweetness especially on the finish.  Long finish.  This would be great with food.  Another superb value from this winery at $13.  A reasonably unique expression of Riesling but close in style to the Finger Lakes.  It will be interesting to see how well this ages.  

2016 Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+

Light golden in color.  The nose is grassy like a California Sauvignon Blanc from 20 years ago.  Also a bit of orange peel.  Cleaner on the palate with the orange peel coming thru along with some slight tropical fruit.  Full, slightly oily texture.  Good acidity.  Very good finish.  Lot's of value here at $13 especially for people (and there are a lot) who like this style of Sauvignon Blanc. 

2015 Henry of Pelham Chardonnay, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2015
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B+

Green/gold in color.  The nose is dusty with vanilla and slight lumber and slight grapefruit.  A nice oily texture.  On the palate there is lemon and grapefruit notes.  It could use a bit more acidity to make it more food friendly.  A nice slight red apple note on the reasonably long finish.  There is a bit of a sweet note at the very end that is a bit sticky.  Probably should be drink in the next few years.  All said, though, this is really an excellent value for a $13 Chardonnay.  It is interesting and easy to drink at the same time.  You could certainly pay a lot more for a Chardonnay th

2012 13th Street Premier Cuvée, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2012
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

A 50/50 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  Light golden in color.  A nice mousse with lots of smallish bubbles.  The nose is nice with seltzer and slight ginger.  On the palate, this could use a bit more acidity which is surprising as the label indicates it was harvested at 18.5 Brix.  Still, there is some nice slightly sour apple notes.  It is tasty.  Shorter on the finish.  $30

NV 13th Street Cuvée Rosé, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-

Bright, deep salmon/orange in color.  Frothy mousse with smallish bubbles.  On the nose, this is very interesting.  Peppery (black) with light cherries and slight strawberries.  Almost a touch of cloves.  On the palate, there is certainly a clove note which is interesting.  Also cranberries and some cherries.  Very refreshing yet also has some depth to it.  There is a tasty sour candy note on the finish.  Good acidity, this would work with a wider variety of foods.  A very unique wine.  Although designated non-vintage, it is mostly the 2013 vintage grapes.  $30

NV Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Rosé Brut, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Light ruby in color.  There is a good head with smallish bubbles but frothy.  The nose is tight but with swirling, slight strawberries.  On the palate, the Pinot seems to be more pronounced with rhubarb and slight strawberries.  Slightly drying on the finish, however, there is a nice depth here.  Also slightly tart on the finish.  This would work well with a wide variety of foods.  Compared to their basic Brut this hits higher highs and lower lows but is a more interesting wine overall. $29

NV Henry of Pelham Cuvée Catharine Brut, Canada, Niagara, Wine Review

Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Light golden in color.  Not much in the way of bubbles.  Just a slight mousse.  The nose is nice with vanilla and light seltzer.  It opens a bit to show a hint of lemon cream.  On the palate there is a light seltzer note.  Slightly sour apple-ish flavors especially on the long finish. This is very food friendly and a fun alternative for a sparkling wine.  $23