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Antonio Galloni Vinous CSV Vertical 1999-2016
Author: Ian D’Agata
Publication: Antonio Galloni Vinous
Published: March 2019

Cave Spring Cellars Riesling CSV Vertical, 1999–2016

Today, after over 30 years in the business, much-acclaimed Cave Spring Cellars produces world-class wines from the likes of Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. And one wine in particular, the Cave Spring Vineyard Riesling, ranks with the world’s best in its category… A portion of the CSV’s vines are among the oldest vinifera vines in Canada, planted in 1975 and 1978. Only 5% or so of the vineyard’s best grapes are used to make the estate’s CSV wines… Pavan chooses to press his grapes softly with an overnight skin contact; he ferments at 16–18°C, and the fermentation can last anywhere from three to six weeks, depending on the vintage. Pavan has been using indigenous yeasts for the past eight years or so to make the CSV Riesling (by contrast, the more entry-level Rieslings of the Peninsula and Escarpment lines have been made with large portions of indigenous ferments only since the 2015 vintage). Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks and the wine spends roughly five months on the fine lees prior to bottling. Until recently, Pavan has aged the wine in stainless steel, but he has begun experimenting with large oak barrels (such as old 500-liter puncheons); as of the last five vintages, about 20% of the total wine blend is aged in wood… the CSV Riesling often showcases notes of fresh citrus (especially lime and pink grapefruit) and yellow plum; in warmer vintages, more exotic fruit notes dominate. With age the wines develop a very recognizable note of licorice or anise. Cool-year wines are especially juicy and vibrant, and though a steely mineral, flinty undertone is always present, outright diesel fuel nuances are more apparent in warmer vintages (such as 2002 and 2007).

2016 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 92+
2015 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 92
2014 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 94
2012 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 94
2011 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 91
2010 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 90
2009 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 89
2008 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 96
2007 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 91
2005 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 94
2004 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 90
2003 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 87
2002 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 95
1999 Riesling CSV, Beamsville Bench – Rated 91


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