Newsy Sips - County Grapevine, Holiday 2010
Newsy Sips - County Grapevine, Holiday 2010

“I also recommend a visit to Exultet Estates, opened July 1st by Gerry and Lia Spinosa. They left Toronto with their young family in 2004 and planted 6.5 acres in two parcels on Royal Road near Milford in the County’s deep south (near Long Dog). Pinot Noir, with several clones in different parcels of sand and clay-based loam soils, is the primary focus, and their light 2008 is one of the charmers of the vintage with a fragrant nose of strawberry-sour cherry jam amid new oak, toast and vanillin. In 2009, Gerry Spinosa made a very fine Chardonnay reviewed in this issue. There is a bit of Pinot Gris in the ground as well, but for everyday drinking, they have made a nifty, dry Vidal and a non-icewine Vidal-based 15% alcohol sweet wine called Dolce Ghiacciato that took a Silver medal at Artevino 2010.”

-David Lawrason