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2019 Charles Baker CBR
- VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2025
Vivid youthful nose Riesling nose of white peach, lemon, Empire apple, and a hint of melba toast. As it warms in the glass, the classic Ontario limestone you expect with a Charles Baker wine wafts up from the glass with a little beeswax in tow.
Lovely poise on the palate at this age, with youthful acids set against textbook juicy Riesling fruit. More citrus on the palate at present, all lemony-mandarin over apple and the promise of papaya. Delicious now, it will be so much fun to see what this sexy Riesling gains with age!
- Growing Conditions
Weather conditions across Ontario for 2019 had cooler and wetter periods than normal but overall the season was good. The budbreak in most areas had a slight delay, however the sunny autumn drew out the end of the season.
January started off mild but was a month full of significant weather events including extreme cold and heavy snowfall, which continued throughout February, while the rapid thaw in March was the major weather story of the spring. Significant snow melt led to high water levels for the start of the growing season.
June brought summer weather with normal temperatures across Ontario and the growing season got under way. Flowering occurred quickly as the grapevines accelerated to make up for the late start.
July was warm and sunny, punctuated by three short but intense heat waves, complemented by high humidity across southeastern and southwestern Ontario. Two significant rainfalls occurred in the month, maintaining soil moisture and supporting developing vines.
August was warm and intermittently stormy, leading into a comparatively quiet September, cool with some rain – but bringing decent conditions to finish off the summer and begin the harvest season.