Clear, pale-plus lemon-gold appearance. Clean, medium-plus intensity floral-apricot nose. Dry, high acidity and medium body; floral and citrus-mineral in the mouth, with a good long, sharp mineral finish. My first Austrian Riesling, this is overall very good and recommended. 12% alcohol. $34.50 at Crosstown. See Weingut Brünldmayer.
Clear, light gold in the glass. Clean, medium-plus intensity citrus nose with floral and petrol notes. Seems just off-dry but has an evolving lemon tartness with good length that erases that impression; high acidity. Strong citrus and mineral in the mouth with a medium body. 12.5% alcohol. Overall very good; recommended. $35 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar. See Maison Trimbach.
Clear, medium lemon-gold in the glass. Aroma is clean, medium intensity stone fruit with some floral and petrol overtones. Medium-sweet apricot, mineral, citrus with a hint of petrol in the mouth. Medium body; good length and a mineral-lemon finish. 10% alcohol. This is an excellent Riesling, well balanced, and very nice to drink. Had I not known, I would have sworn it was German. Recommended. $54 at Liberty Wine Merchants. See Felton Road.
Clear, pale gold with a slight green tint. Clean, medium intensity citrus, green apple, and floral-spice nose. Off-dry, high acidity, and light bodied, dominated by stone fruit and a strong minerality; Okanagan fruit comes through. Good length. Overall very good; one of the better BC Rieslings I’ve had. 12.2% alcohol; $28 at Steamworks Wine Thief. See Tantalus Vineyards (warning: Flash site).
I look forward to trying the 2010 old vines if it is produced; I really liked the 2008.
Clear, pale silver gold in the glass. Medium intensity nose of sage, peach, green apple, and citrus. Dry with a hint of residual sugar; high acidity, light body. Strong lemon and tart apple on the palate; medium length with a nice Okanagan fruit finish. 12.3% alcohol. Overall good. $24 at Steamworks Wine Thief. See Orofino.
Clear, pale gold. Medium intensity apple and citrus honey nose. Off dry, high acidity and medium body, with stone fruit, slate, mineral, and ripe pear, and a slight spritzy quality. Medium length. Straightforward but quite enjoyable for those who enjoy a sweetish Kabinett. $30 at Crosstown. See Weingut & Weinstube Kruger-Rumpf.
Clear, very pale gold with a touch of green. Nose is medium intensity citrus—grapefruit and lemon—along with ripe apple/pear and a subtle grassy quality. Off dry, high acidity, and medium bodied, the palate is dominated by apricot, again with ripe apple and just a bit of citrus which comes through in the finish along with a hint of petrol. Medium length. 12.2% alcohol. This is a good BC Riesling; recommended. $21.70 at Crosstown. See Dirty Laundry.
Clear, pale gold. Nose is clean, medium intensity apricot-honey and slate-mineral. Just off-dry, high acidity, medium body. Green fruit dominates on the palette, with a bit of stone fruit and slate. Medium-plus length. 11% alcohol. Overall good: enjoyable, though the balance is a bit off, dominated by a lingering earthy minerality; perhaps will develop in the bottle. $22.90 at Marquis. See Momo Wines (currently converting to organic).
In the glass we have a clear, light-plus lemon-gold. The nose is, if I recall past vintages correctly, a bit of a departure from the Joie style: this seems to have a bit more of a European Riesling quality, more mineral, a bit of floral, and some citrus qualities, clean and medium intensity. Palate is off-dry, high acidity, and medium body. Honey and apricot, grapefruit, and a touch of an earthy-slate quality. Medium length with the sweetness and citrus dominating. 11% alcohol. It is straightforward, but very enjoyable; I think this is probably their best Riesling to date. Recommended.