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2018 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling

VQA Niagara Peninsula
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2019 - 2022

Like a fresh spring breeze? Delicate aromas of apple and pear layered above a deeper tone of stone and earth.

Vibrant mouth watering acidity, a middle texture ripe and full lingers while notes of stone fruit, tar, crushed flowers, and more race across the palate, pulling all tone, texture, and flavour along with it as it lingers on and on. Deft light alcohol allows for pleasantries and frivolity without losing touch with the majestic depth of Escarpment Riesling.

"B-Side is anything but or if you are prefer the flip-side kind of listener than you might just be one as a taster too. Baker's '18 is the sort of B to A that narrows the gap because the vintage delivers so much ripeness and phenolic development there is little left to the imagination. Far from an idiosyncratic wine and as typical for bench riesling as it gets, whatever that may be. Fruit is all over and through this wine, red apple to mango tropical and picked with full acidity in tacit tact. Gateway in many respects, entry drug, corner store dealer, easy to understand. Drink 2020-2022. Tasted September 2020." 90 Points - Michael Godel, WineAlign.com



Growing Conditions

Mother Earth has a funny way of self-regulating. We think we are in charge but really the damage we do is like the passenger in a car that reaches for the steering wheel and takes the car off what seemed a pleasant and comfortable road with an impetuous selfish move.

Sudden frosts in late 2017 reduced the potential output for 2018 and as such we were left with yields already lower without having to intervene. Summer was long, hot, and dry, concentrating the Riesling and with an early start and continued warmth, we looked on target for a beautiful early pick. And then...
...September arrived and with it higher than normal precipitation, warmth, and humidity. With increased vigilance and care in the vineyard, we successfully avoided the perils such conditions can bring. An early harvest after all and and all in all good quality, lower than normal sugars but the resulting low alcohol will satisfy all the trendies and their desire to 'light' their wines up!