Brilliant straw with a hint of green. Pleasant spice up front, with ripe apple and a trace of pine bough. Less exciting on the palate, but sound, showing understated apple, citrus and spice. Good body and a spicy close, it's a good lunch time wine, weird horn-shaped bottle, though.Currently 204 LCBO stores have 6 or more bottles, according to on-line database. (LCBO 134999)
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Stoney Ridge Pinot Grigio VQA 2009 - $14
Another Ontario star is born! Yes, this is a terrific bottle, and certaily worth the price of admission, but it also effectively demonstrates that Niagara is good for more than just Riesling. Earlier this year Canadian vintners sent a bevy of premium Chardonnay s to InterVin in London England. The goal was to show the quality and range of wines that our climate/terroir can produce. And the target audience was impressed. Now it looks like Pinot Gris/Grigio is positioned to do the same.
The nose here is delicate and elegant, showing stone fruits, spice and hints of citrus. By contrast, the palate is fruit forward with loads of grapefruit, citrus, a zesty acidity, and a hint of orange on the finish. Very good body and length. This wine is the equal to any “PG” I’ve ever had, and a great deal better than most in this price range, and a suitable partner for salmon, pork tenderloin or seafood salad. (Winery: www.stoneyridge.com)