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2018 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard

VQA Vinemount Ridge
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2021 - 2028

Vivid nose of sliced apple with notes of peach and clementine tucked in behind some out-front aromas of clay and limestone showing some development already. A half-imagined whisper of brand new tennis ball hanging evocatively in the background foreshadows petrol notes yet to come…

The peach continues on the palate, rich and persistent, with some lemon and lime providing balance and nerve. Tangy and racy, but a plush seam of fleshy peach Melba is the reward here. The mineral notes observed on the nose are still evolving on the palate. Delicious now but with a bright future for those who like to drink their Rieslings with a bit of age.

Charles Baker Wines uncovers special Riesling sites in the Niagara Peninsula. The Niagara Escarpment is a special and rare base on which to grow wine. The bedrock dates back millions of years and is constantly shifting and evolving. Lake Ontario, close by, enables the vineyards to survive extreme conditions. The nature of our climate guarantees wines of finesse, ageability and enjoyability. All 'CB' wines are brought to bottle at Stratus Vineyards by the finest and most devoted group of winemakers in all of Canada.



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. All in all great quality, lower than normal sugars, and increased vibrancy resulted in increased complexity, ageability, and most importantly deliciousness.