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Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009 Wine Review

Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009

Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:90/100

Community Reviews: 8

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Price: $29.95

Drink: 2013-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Sparkling Wine


Winery: Flat Rock Cellars

Agent: Flat Rock Cellars

Natalie's Score: 90/100

Clean, crisp Ontario sparkling wine with a refreshing finish. Notes of green apple and stone fruit. The beer-bottle crown cap allows the bubbly to continue to develop flavours and bubbles (just as they do in Champagne before finally sealing it with the mushroom-shaped large cork). Pair with fried chicken.

Sparkling food pairings: seafood, mushroom risotto.

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This Flat Rock Cellars Riddled Sparkling 2009 was reviewed on November 26, 2016 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Greg Hughes rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Sparkling wine has a bright future in Canada, thanks to our rather dramatic weather, but only in the hands of a winemaker skilled in cool-climate style.
Jay Johnston (winemaker/cellar master) will effusively engage you, if you ask him what sets his sparkling apart. Aside from being lees aged for four years and recently disgorged, he is very strict about keeping to the champenoise rules for quality extraction - making sure he doesn't over extract or use unsuitable juice. Another nice touch, which is hard to find and adds depth, is that he barrel ages the base wine before it undergoes secondary to become bubbly.
Lovely aromas of apple turnover and cinnamon. Flavours of salted taffy, bruised pie apples, vanilla, cream, and toast.
One of the most rewarding discoveries I have had in Ontario wine, this year.
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The bottle is sealed with a crown cap (like beer), which apparently is the best way to seal bottles. It sure works on keeping the aromas fresh here. Lots of bready apple, pear, apricot and minerality. The taste is right in line with the aromas. Bright, sparkling aciity and tiny bubbles make this a very refreshing sparkling wine.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The 2009 vintage of Riddled is 92% Chardonnay and a hint of Pinot Noir from Flat Rock Cellars, Niagara Twenty Mile Bench VQA. At 12% ABV, and with a unique crown cap, this wine is a wonderful traditional method sparkling. Aromatics of crisp apple, freshly baked bread crust, stone fruit and minerality. Medium finish with persistence of crisp pear and sliced apple. This is an elegant wine which pairs well with almost any dish or on its own. Ready to savour now.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A superb sparkling from Flat Rock topped with a crown cap too! Ripe fruit aromas and flavours include: apple, peach, pineapple, and buttered toast. This wine is uber refreshing with a long mouthwatering finish. Enjoy with Christmas turkey. Tasted Nov 2015.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Aromas of toasted bread and green apple with pineapple on the palate. The bubbles are small but consistent.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Aromas are mostly pear and green apple, with a slight note of toasted bread. Lots of pear on the palate along with some minerality. Crisp and fresh, bubbles are soft, but persistent. Fantastic wine for fresh shellfish.
This Niagara bubbly's name "Riddled" is a tribute to the process of making sparkling wine, especially the traditional ways in Champagne, where bottles were turned periodically as they rested upside down on their lees (sediment) before disgorging that sediment and putting the final big cork in the bottle. The person who turned the bottles was called the Riddler. Riddle me this! - Community Wine Reviews
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