Greetings Riesling Land,

Summer is here and the vineyards are in spectacular shape. Now is the time to introduce new vintages of Riesling. This project is based on capturing snapshots of the Niagara Escarpment through the lens of Riesling – one vineyard and one vintage at a time.

Since 2005, I have been working with the Picone Vineyard on Vinemount Ridge. The wine has been consistent in depth and character. If you have followed this wine, you will have come to love it's generous mouth-filling texture that is balanced by finely streamed acidity. It is a fragrant wine, a floral wine, a Niagara Riesling.

The 2011 CB Riesling from the Picone Vineyard is a true expression of Niagara Riesling…from a perfect Riesling vintage. 2011 was a growers challenge but the Picone site, atop the Niagara Escarpment was in impeccable shape at harvest. Ripe yet with rapier-like acidity. We ultimately hope we capture a little "there, there" in our wines.

To purchase the 2011 Picone Riesling, please click here. You will have few regrets. Few have.

In early 2010, I met Bob Nedelko, proprietor of the tidy 12-acre Ivan vineyard on the Twenty-Mile Bench. Just over 1 acre is devoted to Riesling. We shook hands and got down to work. Both the 2010 and 2011 were instant success stories. Young vines translated into refreshing, lively wines that are still developing nicely in bottle.

We are now pleased to present the 2012 Ivan vineyard. We cropped even lower, sorted even more and watched it carefully ferment until we were left with a bright, zesty, quite dry, citrus filled gem. We managed to bottle just enough for a rocking patio evening!

To make wine the way we do, we rely on vineyards for the most part but we must have partners who believe. In the Nedelko's, I have found that vineyard partner yet again and I am proud to label the wine from the vineyard Ivan, named after Bob's Father.

My continued gratitude to the team at Stratus for their on-going support of this winemaking effort.
Please order the Ivan here. We will ship to you or you may pick up your order at Stratus Vineyards in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Wishing you an outstanding 2013.

— CB

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