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VQA Vinemount Ridge
JL Groux / Charles Baker
2020 was a remarkable year for weather and wine in Ontario. Warmer than average winter months led to a cool dry April and May. The approach of summer brought a return of the hot weather with low precipitation and humidity. Similar conditions continued through August with only short, isolated, but intense thunderstorms. While temperatures began to naturally cool, sunshine remained throughout the autumn. The dry, sunny conditions were ideal for the full and complete maturation of grapes and contributed to a smooth harvest. Across the region, unseasonably warm weather delayed the icewine harvest, resulting in a loss of tonnage. These temperature conditions postponed picking into the last week of January. While the overall grape crop was low, quality across all varieties was exceptional.
"There is excitement, full vim and vigour freshness, but also originality. Others have made sparkling wine from Riesling but none are as full and delicious as Boulanger and most others attack with searing intensity. Charles Baker and Stratus have struck a chord and it feels like one played in open G tuning. No frets or capo necessary here. Open Boulanger, pour a glass, start me up." 92 points, Michael Godel, WineAlign
"Insistent and pungent in all the right ways from start to finish, the Cuvee du Boulanger is huge in personality. Distinct nuances lime cordial and grapefruit marmalade ride the wave of persistent bubbles. Dry and racy, this wraps up with delightful citrusy length." 92 points, Michaela Morris, WineAlign
Charles Baker Wines
Charles Baker, one of the founding Directors at Stratus fell in love with Riesling as a stagiaire in the 1990's. Since that time, he has made it a mission to explore the nuances of Riesling from the various sites of the Niagara Escarpment; a special and rare base on which to grow wine. Here, the bedrock dates back millions of years and is constantly shifting and evolving. Lake Ontario, close by, enables the vineyards to survive extreme conditions. The nature of our climate guarantees wines of finesse, ageability and enjoyability. All ‘CB’ wines are brought to bottle at Stratus Vineyards by the finest and most devoted group of winemakers in all of Canada.