Canada is a magical place, full of hockey, polar bears, Alex Trebek and Alanis Morissette. I’m fortunate enough to know several Canadians (everyone should) who, upon a recent visit, brought me some ice wine. Good, generous people, those Canadians. For those of you not familiar with ice wine, asI was not myself prior to this, it is a dessert wine made from grapes that are frozen on the vine. In the process of freezing, the water freezes but the other stuff (sugars, skins) does not. This leads to a more more contrentrated sweetness, hence the dessert nature of the wine.
The Pillitteri Estates Winery Chardonnay Icewine 2007 pours a rich golden color with a certain heft or thickness to it. Upon the first sip, the immediate flavor that pounced upon me like a moutain lion was honey. This ice wine tastes strongly of honey. Someone with me even suggested that it would taste great on pancakes. Who doesn’t like pancakes?
I enjoyed my first experience with ice wine, especially with the Pillitteri Estates Winery Chardonnay Icewine 2007. I can tell right away that this is not a flavor for everyone. However, if you like a small glass of something reminicent of alcoholic honey at the end of your meals, then give this stuff a try.