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Johnson Estate

Johnson Estate
2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 16.4%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$34.99

Johnson Estate
2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie

Pair this wine with:
Cheese

Category: Ice Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: 16.4%
Golden straw color. Curious aromas and flavors of damp leaves and straw, oily nuts, cajeta, and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish imparting notes of melted honeycomb, bananas and papayas foster, spiced golden raisin and apple compote, and mossy earth with leafy, dusty tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. An earthy desert wine offering for the table.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Savory & Funky
Aroma Aroma: damp leaves and straw, oily nuts, cajeta, and dried citrus
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of melted honeycomb, bananas and papayas foster, spiced golden raisin and apple compote, and mossy earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Moderately Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Camembert, Mild Mountain Gorgonzola, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An earthy desert wine offering for the table.

The Producer

Johnson Estate Winery

The Producer
8419 W Rte 20
Westfield, NY 14787
USA
1 716-326-2191

Their Portfolio

94 Johnson Estate NV May Carbonated White Wine, American 12% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate NV Cherry Wine, American 21% (USA) $15.00.
86 Johnson Estate 2015 Founders’ Red Freelings Creek Reserve, New York State 13% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Ice Wine , Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $34.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.49.
89 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry, Riesling, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $18.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $13.49.
84 Johnson Estate 2016 Estate Grown, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $9.99.
82 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Marechal Foch, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve Founders’ Red Blend, New York State 13% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Ruby Dry Rosé, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $13.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $12.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Concord, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
89 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Pink Sweet Wine, Catawba, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Estate Grown Sweet Wine, Niagara, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $8.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, New York State 13% (USA) $15.99.
88 Johnson Estate 2016 Freelings Creek Reserve, Pinot Noir, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $15.99.
91 Johnson Estate 2017 Ice Wine, Chambourcin, Lake Erie 10.6% (USA) $35.99.
86 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Toasted Oak, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
84 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Bright Steel, Chardonnay, Lake Erie 12% (USA) $14.99.
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Black Locust Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11.5% (USA) $24.49.
85 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Semi-Dry Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
87 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling, Riesling, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $14.99.
83 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Seyval Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49.
88 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Vidal Blanc, Lake Erie 11% (USA) $11.49.
92 Johnson Estate 2017 Freelings Creek Reserve, Traminette, Lake Erie 13.5% (USA) $14.49.

Ice Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Ice Wine is a dessert wine that is made from frozen grapes that are harvested very late, anywhere from December to early March. At peak, these frozen grapes have at harvest, a water content in which 80% remains as frozen crystals. Fermentation takes months to complete.

Ice wine is made from white and red grapes, primarily Riesling as well as Vidal, while Cabernet Franc is the leading red variety. Most examples of ice wine are still, but there are also sparkling versions produced.

Canada is a major producer of Ice Wine, most notably in the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Residual sugar is quite high (about 150 grams per liter, similar to Sauternes from France), but since the acidity is usually high, ice wines do not taste overly sweet.

Ideal consumption time is from eight to ten years; these are best enjoyed on their own or with blue cheeses.