2010 Cave Spring Cellars Riesling, Niagara Peninsula, Canada ($27)
One of the last great unexplored wine regions for me…ain’t so far from my home! I’ve been hearing reports for years about great Riesling being grown on the Niagara Peninsula, of Ontario, Canada. And, other than Inniskillin, famous for its ice wines…one winery name that always comes up is Cave Spring Cellars, appreciated for a wide range of Rieslings. This one found its way onto my tasting shelf this week…and it is delicious! A light straw in the glass. The nose explodes with unmistakable Riesling petrol development…but in a pure way that is very reminiscent of the way it unfolds in Germany and Alsace. There’s also a little lime-leaf to go along with the mineral. Wonderful off-dry palate; the wine has the weight of serious Pfalz, or Alsace Riesling…with a silky texture…but manages to hold on to a tease of residual sugar.