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Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Riesling 2012 Wine Review

Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Riesling 2012

Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Riesling 2012

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 7

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Price: $11.95

Drink: 2014-2017

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 11.3%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Wayne Gretzky Estates

Agent: Andrew Peller Limited

Natalie's Score: 89/100

This medium-bodied white wine is wonderfully concentrated in flavour without a trace of heaviness on the weight. Here's minerality if you've been wondering what the heck that is. The quality designation for this wine is VQA. Aromas of peach, dry apricot and lime. Some kind of wonderful! Refreshing finish. Incredible value for the price.

Riesling food pairings: chicken, Asian dishes, nuts, soft cheese, shrimp skewers.

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This Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Riesling 2012 was reviewed on July 16, 2014 by Natalie MacLean

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Chris Coughlin - WSET level 3 grad rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Very good example of an Ontario Riesling, Dry long lasting flavours of citrus, apple, and plastic pool toy (yup, I said that).
Nick Onischuk - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Wayne Gretzky Estates No.99 Riesling 2012 is a beautiful wine on the nose and pleasing on the palate. Apple, peach and floral aromas that carry through to the mouth. Nice long finish. (89/100) Tasted on July 14, 2014
Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

A lively expression of Ontario Riesling. Pale lemon colour. Clean Medium intensity aromas of apple juice, oxidized apple, pear, blossom, petrol and duplicated on the palate.
Dry with Medium+ acidity this is a classic Ontario Riesling.
This wine has a medium+ length on a cleansing/refreshing finish.
Enjoy now, not suitable for further ageing.
I'm leading toward fatty meat appetizers ie. salami, proscuitto, Italian sausage, Bratwurst on a bun.

Tasted - July 2014
Douglas McMillan rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Minerality, petrol, yellow apple, apricot, and white flower dominates the scent. The taste is yellow apple, with a bit of white grapefruit. Nice fruity mouth-feel with crisp acidity. An excellent win with a plate of summer fruits, especially melon, or perhaps some soft cheeses.

I had to ask myself if Mr. Gretzky will ever find a wine to back that can score a 99?
Barb Potocnik reviewed this wine as follows:

2013 - too sweet for me. From Katie and Dave.
Yes, this riesling is endorsed by Wayne Gretzky, but no, he's not the winemaker. This is textbook (playbook?) Ontario Riesling at a great price. - Community Wine Reviews

1 Member would buy this wine again


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