Article by Thomas Reid
Vieni translates to “come”, and after visiting Vieni Estates on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment in Beamsville, I can think of more than a few reasons to say, “Si!”
Sitting on the 175 acres of vineyards, Vieni Estates produces a wide range of wines both familiar to Niagara and more classic Italian styles and varietals. After tasting the sparkling options alone (stay tuned for a sparkling review), we were hooked on the incredible quality, variety and value for money Vieni Estates had to offer.
We followed the many sparkling options with a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Reisling and, of course, Pinot Grigio before moving on to the reds.
With more than a few to choose from for this week’s Best Niagara Wines Under $20 & Not in the LCBO, we settled on the lovely 2013 Red Trillium Ripasso ($16.95). This Ripasso is made leaving the blend of Pinot Noir (88%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (12%) in contact with freshly dried pomace (grape solids after pressing) of their Appassimento (wine) for about 10 days. The pomace remains strong with the sugars and tannins of the Appassimento which enriches the Ripasso in colour, flavour, and aroma.
Following this process, the Ripasso undergoes a secondary fermentation. Despite the predominance of Pinot Noir in this blend, the result is a wonderfully rich medium-bodied fruit-forward red. With dark cherry and blackcurrant on the palate, it has a surprisingly bold and lingering finish with a well-integrated tannin structure.
Vieni offered one of the most pleasant tasting experiences I’ve had in recent memory. They also told me they will soon be offering freshly grilled panini on site to enjoy with a glass of wine. Molto bene!
Vieni Estates 2013 Red Trillium Ripasso ($16.95)
- 88% Pinot Noir
- 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol 13.5%
- Sugar g/L 6
- Acidity 5.9