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Featherstone Winery Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling 2012 Wine Review

Featherstone Winery Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling 2012

Featherstone Winery Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling 2012

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 6

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Price: $34.95

Drink: 2016-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 12.5%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Sparkling Wine

Winery: Featherstone

Agent: Featherstone Winery

Natalie's Score: 93/100

Remarkably toasty and robust -- reminds me of Bollinger Champagne, but this has its own story. Toasted bread and crisp orchard fruit. Perfect as an aperitif or companion to shellfish or seafood.

Sparkling food pairings: spinach salad with red berries, pomegranate and goat cheese, spinach souffle, pan-fried freshwater fish.

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This Featherstone Winery Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling 2012 was reviewed on October 28, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

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Matt Steeves - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Featherstone's Cuvée Joy bubbly has been winning impressive awards each year, with the 2012 earning a Bronze Medal at the 2016 Intervin International Wine Awards following the 2011 vintage capturing the title of Best Sparkling Wine of the Year and Double Gold at the All-Canadian Wine Championships.

Featherstone continues to use their signature bottle cap (crown) closure beautified with a bright red ribbon just like a fancy holiday present gift wrapped for that special person in your life. This premium Blanc de Blancs is produced using only Ontario Chardonnay to create this fine sparkling wine. The crown closure preserves the lively bubbles, rich fruit flavour, and baked bread notes that are locked inside. The palate shows crisp and clean orchard fruit and minerality with a beautiful palate cleansing mousse that leaves you thirsting for that next sip. It's pure Joy! Joy makes a wonderful gift for those that are fortunate enough to get their hands on this small production Canadian bubbly. Look for it in December at Vintages. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A fabulous expression of a Niagara sparkling, showcasing a wonderful vintage. Elegance is brimming from the bottle - Dry with citrus notes, pear, peach, floral and toast. Persistent delicate bubbles, a pleasant acidity and great complexity.
Wineboy rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Upon opening it gave off some weird early aromas, but 1/2 hour later it was truly lovely. In fact one I recommend you buy. It had everything floral, fruit and a touch of yeast for those Champagne lovers out there.
Greg Hughes rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

I am always pleased with the consistency of this cuvee from Featherstone, year after year. They vintage date it so it always showcases the vintage, but it is always balanced and well made. 2012 was a hot year, but this wine doesn't expend freshness or structure. It just has very ripe fruit and precision.
Good, persistent bubbles that are nice and creamy on the palate.
Pale straw colour, with heady aromatics. Some lemon, biscuit, and graphite. It smells pretty lean and refreshing.
No disappointments on the palate. More complex citrus flavours of lemon cake, clementine, quince, and granny smith apple. This could evolve forther for a few years, but it is pretty good now.
This wine is 100% Chardonnay. Don't be scared off by the crowncap closure. Most sparkling, even Champagne, use crowncaps in their cellars. They only move to cork afterwards because they know consumers associate it with better quality. More and more places will go to crowns in the future. It is better for the wine too, generally.
Put this wine alongside some P.E.I. oysters for a proper example of what Canadiancuisone can really achieve.
From the Twenty Mile Bench in the Niagara Escarpment wine region, Featherstone's Joy Premium Cuvée is a perfect aperitif to toast the New Year in or a great companion to fresh steamed lobster with a citrus butter sauce. This sparkler is made in the traditional method with 100 % Chardonnay. Look for a fine and persistent mousse with white flowers and fresh baked bread on the nose and palate. Nicely done. - Community Wine Reviews

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