2017 Charles Baker Ivan Riesling


Like a fresh spring breeze, this wine is welcome, it is refreshing, it reminds us of the good life we all anticipate as warm weather approaches.
Considerable irony here on the the part of Riesling as the 2017 was born of a summer covered in cloud and cooler than we'd like.
The tiny planting of Riesling in the Ivan vineyard , it must be recalled, is really two blocs. The higher elevation receiving the rays of sun, the lower portion, less so and also nestled in a wind blocking tree-line. This results in both ripe fruit and freshness.

"Fresh and green in the right way, floral and sweet-fruited in the textbook riesling idiom, Baker's '17 Ivan is aromatically pleasing. The palate shows a little less depth and concentration than some previous editions, however, making this a wine to enjoy over the shorter term I'd suggest. The palate is a touch tacky and dusty, so serve this at the table with some fatty food to buffer. Tasted October 2018. Value Rating: **" -John Szabo, MS, 89 points

Growing Conditions

High hopes for 2017 as the vineyards woke from a relatively mild winter were quickly tempered by monsoon-like rains in the spring that led to unprecedented water levels in lakes and rivers big and small across Ontario. Bud break was right on schedule though vines had to cope with a cool summer with higher levels of precipitation than necessary.

We like to say we grow in a cool climate and for the most part this is accurate. What we don't always recall is that our seasons can be easily divided in two. The first cool and cloudy, the second brilliant and warm which is the case in 2017. September arrived and with it heat and brilliant sunshine for weeks of end.

Also contributing to complexity and depth was a very pronounced diurnal shift from August onwards. Daytime highs in the upper 20s followed by nighttime lows in the low single digits.

All in all a superb Riesling vintage - ripping acidity, adequate sugars, good concentration. 2017 will live forever and a day.


VQA Twenty Miles Bench
J-L Groux / Charles Baker
Bottle size
750 mL
Serving Temperature
14 °C
Drinking Window
2018 - 2027
Harvest Date
October 13, 2017