We managed to squeeze in a few other tastings in between our two appointments at Thirty Bench and with Stratus.
Malivoire Wine Company
It's been more than a year since we've tasted here, and it's time for a visit. We talked to Eric - one of the nicest people you'll meet in Niagara (and there are lots here). I wanted a taste of their chardonnays. Unfortunately, the 2008's are will a few months away from being released, but the 2007's are certainly not a slouch. The 2007 Estate Chardonnay was balanced, with a round texture, clean. The 2007 Mottiar Chardonnay was oaky and rich, for people who enjoy that profile of chardonnay. The 2007 Moira Chardonnay had all the richness and concentration, but with a beautiful ripe citrus element. Shows a bit too much oak at this point, but it will benefit from some time to integrate.
Flat Rock Cellars
If you would recall my video and posts this past summer when I first tasted their 2008 Pinot Noir and lost my mind. A great wine. The 2008 Pinot Noir had great intensity, and quite a bit of earthiness as well. Balanced, with an austerity - this is a huge success for this producer. The 2008 Gravity Pinot Noir showed a bit more depth, more sweet fruit on the palate. Delicious, and I can't wait to see how these wines will age.
This was another property I had not visited for quite some time. Tasted through a few wines - impressed, as always, that they're able to offer this quality at such value. 2006 Cabernet/Merlot, always a balanced, interesting interpretation of a cabernet wine. The 2007 Solstice, a one-off project, with a spiciness and purity of fruit that'll show nicely with a rich meat. 2007 Syrah, gamey, spicy, with good fruit. And 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit more heft and colour, at a price. Good value as always, although more than all others, these wines demand age.
Great tasting through all these wines. I'm not going to tell you which ones are good/bad - there's really no point, is there? I'm just happy to have had an opportunity to see everything. Think of it as a regular checkup, to see how each vintage is coming along. All interesting, all unique, but what's crucial is that all had something to say.
Don't forget to click on the label below Niagara Wine Tour - Dec 2009, to see all the other posts from this trip.