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PREMIER CUVÉE SPARKLING 2015 Traditional method, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer 13TH STREET
A REPEAT of the recommended best buy 2015 (***) was released on November 27, 2021 at $39.95. Bright medium-light straw colour with streams of extremely tiny bubbles. Toasty, complex, intense, slightly spicy, ripe lemon-apple meringue nose with some very faintly leesy, warm brioch-shortbread notes. Dry, medium bodied, well structured, high acid, ripe, lemon-apple meringue flavours with a lingering, very crisp, effervescent, complex, gently toasty, mineral-tinged finish. This very tasty blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir actually spent 60 months (not 48) on the lees and has 12.5% alcohol and zero dosage leaving 3 g/L residual sugar. The bottling date only appears on the shipping case - it is June 15, 2021. Only 560 cases of 6 produced. This 2015 is one of the best I have tasted from 13th Street and outperforms some some of the much pricier Champagnes at the LCBO. CSPC 142679
Type Sparkling Wine
Agent Nob Est
Country Canada
Region Ontario
Rating ***/***+(94 points)
Intense, Complex, Dry, Lemon-Apple Meringue
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: A lovely, clean nose leads off here on this classic traditional method bubbly (60% chardonnay, 40% pinot noir) from 13th Street, just starting the shift to more mature flavours but with plenty of road ahead. The palate is very dry, frothy, crisp and fresh with crackling acids corseting the ensemble and excellent length. I'd cellar for another 1-3 years for a more rounded and evolved expression. Tasted October 2021. Platinum Medal winner at the 2022 National Wine Awards of Canada. Score - 93 (John Szabo, MS, winealign.com) Price $ 39.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - December 17, 2022
Cases bought 84 (6 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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