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Paradise Ranch Chardonnay Icewine (half-bottle) 1999

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        Color golden lemon yellow, this wine brims with ripe pear and peach fruit flavors. This wine shows great concentration, an explosion of tropical fruit flavors and excellent balanced acidity which will allow this wine to develop in bottle for many years.

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        Paradise Ranch, Canada
        Canada is the world's premier producer of Icewines. Grapes ripened in the heat of summer are left on the vines until the heart of the frigid Canadian winter. When the grapes naturally freeze on the vines at temperatures below -8º C they are picked by hand and pressed to obtain the rare golden juice, which is then vinted with skill to produce exceptional Icewines.

        Paradise Ranch is the largest Icewine producer in British Columbia and the world's only winery specializing exclusively in Icewines. Our winemakers and designers are the proud recipients of many awards for our fine wines and innovative packaging.

        With a cool climate suitable for more than just icewine production, Canada is also home to excellent dry still and sparkling wines. Most viticulture is based in Ontario on the east coast and British Columbia on the west coast. Because of the high risk of winter freeze and spring frost, plantings are typically centered on large bodies of water to take advantage of their temperature moderating effects.

        In Ontario, particularly on the Niagara Peninsula, aromatic white varieties like Riesling and Gewürztraminer are most successful, often with racy acidity and citrus notes. Many wineries produce both dry and semi-dry versions. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc perform nicely here as well. For icewine, French-American hybrid variety Vidal is popular. In British Columbia, many of the same grapes are grown, but there is also a significant emphasis on Bordeaux varieties—especially Merlot.

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        Apart from the classics, we find many regional gems of different styles.

        Late harvest wines are probably the easiest to understand. Grapes are picked so late that the sugars build up and residual sugar remains after the fermentation process. Ice wine, a style founded in Germany and there referred to as eiswein, is an extreme late harvest wine, produced from grapes frozen on the vine, and pressed while still frozen, resulting in a higher concentration of sugar. It is becoming a specialty of Canada as well, where it takes on the English name of ice wine.

        Vin Santo, literally “holy wine,” is a Tuscan sweet wine made from drying the local white grapes Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia in the winery and not pressing until somewhere between November and March.

        Rutherglen is an historic wine region in northeast Victoria, Australia, famous for its fortified Topaque and Muscat with complex tawny characteristics.

        EBE088211_1999 Item# 39686