Vineland Estates Winery 1999 Niagara Peninsula Vidal VQA Ice Wine ($30.00)
This brilliant, bright-gold wine almost shimmers in the glass. Apricot and pretty aromas, accented with grace notes of wildflowers and spice, gain intensity with swirling. Intensely sweet, unctuous in texture; gentle acidity builds structure in a very long finish. I don't find remarkable complexity here or much of the earthy ripeness that attends the finest late-harvested wines, but its luscious fruit sugars and fresh acid balance make a lovely wine-as-dessert experience. US Importer: Gift, personally hand-carried. (Sep 10, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Best sipped by itself, contemplatively, possibly with a piece of perfectly ripe fruit for contrast.

WEB LINK: http://www.vineland.com/

FIND THIS WINE ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Mission Hill 2001 Okanagan Valley VQA Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
View the next tasting note: Lustau Rare Amontillado Escuadrilla