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.



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