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Inniskillin

Inniskillin Inniskillin, co-founded by Donald J.P. Ziraldo and Karl J. Kaiser, is located in the town of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada, on the Niagara Peninsula. Inniskillin was granted the first estate winery license in Canada. The name Inniskillin is Irish and is derived from the famous Irish regiment, the Inniskilling Fusiliers. Colonel Cooper, a member of this regiment, served in North America in the War of 1812. On completion of his military service, he was granted Crown land which he named the Inniskillin Farm. The first Inniskillin winery was housed in an old packing shed at the family nursery, two kilometres (km) from its current location. As the popularity of thier wines grew it was necessary to enlarhe the winer 1978, Inniskillin relocated to our present site, The Brae Burn Estate. Winemaker Karl Kaiser is noted for his Icewine. The greatest of international accolades for Canadian Icewine was bestowed on Inniskillin in 1989 at Vinexpo, and at Bordeaux, in June 1991. This wine, judged by an international panel, was accorded the fair's highest award, Le Grand Prix d'Honneur.

Directions
The Wine Boutique is situated at the Winery on Line 3 (Service Road 66) off the Niagara Parkway. The Boutique is located in the restored barn. (1 1/2 hrs from Toronto, 5 min from the Shaw Theatre and Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake).


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1499 Line 3, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, CA, L0S 1J0 Email: inniskil@inniskillin.com
Phone: 905-468-3554 Web: www.inniskillin.com
Fax: 905-468-7501
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  2001 Cabernet Franc Reserve
A wonderful nose of spiced red berry fruit, herbaceous, and a hint of vanilla. A fruity, medium-bodied wine with firm tannins. The finish is long with continued vanilla flavour. 24 Hours, ON The Wine Ladies: Georgia and Susanne September 26, 2004 A wonderful nose of raspberry, vegetal notes, and a hint of vanilla. Very rich on the palate. A fruity, medium-bodied wine with good tannins. A good, long finish. It would be delicious with grilled vegetables! "
  2001 Cabernet Merlot Black Label
Fragrant berry, mint and chocolate aroma. Nice soft fruity palate with a fine tannin structure.
  2001 Chardonnay Reserve
Alluring and pleasant aromas of lightly buttered fresh fruits – pear, apple, papaya and fig are drizzled with a layer of caramel. A delicious mouthful of Chardonnay, with well-integrated layers of upfront spiced fruit, and a lingering zest of citrus.
  2001 Gamay Noir Black Label
Lifted fragrance of plums and strawberries with some complex spicy aroma’s. Flavors of concentrated strawberries are balanced with good acidity, creating a soft lingering finish.
  2002 Brae Burn Estate Vineyard Shiraz Single Vineyards
Typical jammy, red berry fruit and spice on the nose with a hint of floral notes. Nice vanilla flavour on the palate with good fruit and firm tannins. A full-bodied wine with a nice long finish.
  2002 Cabernet Franc Black Label
Featuring classic varietal aromas of dried herbs, fresh raspberries, red currants, green olives and tobacco leaf. Upfront flavours of eucalyptus and fresh berry fruit combined with agreeable tannins offer a well-balanced palate pleasing finish.
  2002 Cabernet Franc Reserve
This is a smooth wine with firm tannins. A wonderful nose of raspberry, cherry, eucalyptus and black licorice (Pinot Noir is and will continue to be Niagara’s signature red.) Bright cherries and earthy aromas. Perfectly balanced. Score: 93/100.
  2002 Chardonnay Founders' Reserve
The aroma has toasted buttery notes, butterscotch and apple blossoms. On the palate, medium-bodied with good acidity and a hint of caramel. A nice long length on the finish.
  2002 Klose Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyards
The nose has a wonderful aroma of cassis, spice, leather and pronounced cherry with a hint of blackberry. A full-bodied wine loaded with fruit and nice firm tannins. A long finish with lingering cassis flavour.
  2002 Klose Vineyard Chardonnay Single Vineyards
Rich toast oak with melon and peach aroma. Elegant peach fruit on palate with a very long melon fruit finish. Good integration of fruit and oak flavours through the barrel fermentation and less aging process.
  2002 Meritage Founders' Reserve
Lots of red berry fruit on the nose with red currant, plum, chocolate and spice. The palate is medium-bodied with soft tannins and vanilla. A good elegant length on the finish.
  2002 Meritage Reserve
A beautiful, pronounced nose of plum, spice, dark-berry fruit and chocolate. The palate is full-bodied, well balanced and follows through the nose with a mouthful of lovely fruit and chocolate. The tannins are firm and "balanced and has a long lingering finish. Overall, a wine with great depth and complexity. 3220"
  2002 Merlot Black Label
A pleasing mix, featuring aromas of wild cherry, raspberries, red licorice, and smoked chocolate. Great upfront fruit flavors, medium-bodied texture and soft agreeable tannins make this wine, both pleasant and approachable.
  2002 Montague Estate Vineyard Chardonnay Single Vineyards
Rich melon and peach aroma, with toasted vanillin barrel ferment character. Elegant peach and citrus palate with a very long melon fruit finish. Seamless integration of fruit and oak flavours through the barrel fermentation and less aging process.
  2002 Montague Estate Vineyard Merlot Single Vineyards
This is a powerful and structured wine displaying ripe and intense fruit of the forest, blood plum and varietal tobacco leaf characters underpinned by elegant French vanillin oak. The palate is again dominated by berry fruit intensely and robust, yet stylish tannin structure befitting a wine of this quality. This is a rich and intense Merlot that will certainly reward those patient enough to cellar the wine, but then again – life is too short!
  2002 Pinot Gris Single Vineyards
Seaway News, Cornwall, ON June 18, 2004 ""Inniskillin Pinot Gris 2002 is another single vineyard selection from The Wine Rack, this time the Montague Estates Vineyard. Pinot Gris is an often-overlooked varietal that is deserving of a higher profile. This wine, with rich flavours and a wonderful finish, shows Pinot Gris as its best and should win over a few more fans. I have always loved the Pinot Gris nose and this is no exception with complex melon, pear and tropical fruit and just a hint of pepper. Bright citrus, cantaloupe, and pear fruit are underlain with just a hint of banana and anise. The anise gives the wine a pleasant spiced quality on the finish. A racy acidity balances and enhances the fruit. The finish is "crisp and invigorating, perfect for summer enjoyment. Overall it is a wonderfully balanced, medium full-bodied wine. Inniskillin Pinot Gris would make a splendid summer aperitif, sure to delight guests. As a partner for food, it will shine with roast or grilled vegetables, barbecued chicken, salmon and spicy grilled shrimp.
  2002 Pinot Noir Black Label
This wine presents delightful aromas of red licorice, fresh cherries, violets and earth framed with light nuances of smoke and spice. Medium-bodied with Pleasant fruit flavors, balanced acidity and good length.
  2002 Pinot Noir Founders' Reserve
The aroma has classic savory Pinot Noir characters with spicy cinnamon oak, and cherry and plum fruit. The palate has great length which is very supple, the mid palate is very intense with plum and cherry fruit.
  2002 Riesling Black Label
Classic Riesling aromatic with ripe lemon, rosewater and mineral. Soft delicate palate with nice refreshing lemon and lime flavours with balanced sweetness.
  2002 Riesling Reserve
Pale straw in colour. This wine exhibits a floral aroma, with a scent of lime. Good intensity of citrus and mineral flavours, with a crisp lingering finish.
  2003 Cabernet Franc Black Label
Bitter cranberry, strawberry, mocha with slight herbaceous notes. Silky tannins lend to the medium-bodied texture. The medium length finish is both smooth and pleasant
  2003 Cabernet Franc Reserve
Medium bodied, deep ruby red features immediate characteristics of dried herbs and stewed cherry that will later open to notes of licorice, eucalyptus and hints of chocolate. The finish is of medium length combining dusty tannins with qualities of both pine and pepper.
  2003 Chardonnay Black Label
This wine is straight out of the blocks with melon and pineapple aromas. The middle palate is powerful and reaches great heights of fruit intensity. The finish is strong with good length and persistent flavour. A real winner.
  2003 Chardonnay Black Label
This wine is straight out of the blocks with melon and pineapple aromas. The middle palate is powerful and reaches great heights of fruit intensity. The finish is strong with good length and persistent flavour. A real winner.
  2003 Chardonnay Black Label
This wine is straight out of the blocks with melon and pineapple aromas. The middle palate is powerful and reaches great heights of fruit intensity. The finish is strong with good length and persistent flavour. A real winner.
  2003 Chardonnay Reserve
McIntosh apple, pineapple with hints of caramel. Medium-bodied on the palate with a lingering sweet, nutty finish. Extended barrel aging lends to a beautifully integrated oak flavour and soft, rounded acidity.
  2003 Gamay Noir Black Label
Plums and dark cherry with a trace of smoky cedar. Light-bodied, quite viscous. Short, agreeable finish with red berry notes lingering on the palate.
  2003 Pinot Grigio Black Label
This Pinot Grigio shows great varietal character with good fruit and lively taste. The aroma shows ripe pear and fig characters. The palate is well rounded with pear fruit and a lingering finish.
  2003 Pinot Noir Black Label
Fresh red berry fruit, cherries and a hint of smoke on the nose. The palate is light-bodied, has good acidity, soft tannins and nice cherry fruit follows through to the finish.
  2003 Pinot Noir Reserve
Offering some earthy and dried herb aromas with bright cherry and plum notes. The oak is expressed in the form of toasted almond and burnt coffee. Upon impact the silky, smooth texture of this medium-bodied wine releases to late flashing tannins. The palate reveals a sweeter red berry fruit and licorice quality with a beautiful mocha under layer.
  2003 Riesling Black Label
A very fruity, fresh nose of lime, mineral, apple blossoms with a hint of petrol. The wine is light-bodied, off
  2003 Riesling Reserve
Characteristics of white grapefruit, green apple, flint with a hint of fresh cut grass. Light-bodied wine retains tart acidity with strong citrus concentration. Well-balanced with good fruit lasting throughout. The finish is both clean and crisp.
  2004 Chardonnay Black Label
Initial nose of reserved citrus fruit (lemon, white grapefruit) and minerals opens up to tantalizing aromas of ripe apple and honey fig. On the palate this easy drinking wine is smooth and slightly creamy with a lingering sour finish. Medium- to light-bodied.
  2004 Riesling Black Label
The upfront aromas of honeysuckle and sweet tropical fruit gives way to more bitter citrus (green apple, lime) fruit flavours on the palate. Light bodied with marked acidity, the finish will linger with a tart character.
  2004 Riesling Black Label
The upfront aromas of honeysuckle and sweet tropical fruit gives way to more bitter citrus (green apple, lime) fruit flavours on the palate. Light bodied with marked acidity, the finish will linger with a tart character.

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