Derek Barnett, head winemaker at Lailey Vineyard recently poured barrel
samples of ten of his 2012 vintage wines for a small group of Ottawa based
sommeliers and wine lovers.
In Derek’s words, the 2012 vintage appears to be one of the finest in
Ontario’s winemaking history, and certainly Derek’s best year in his 22
years of making premium Ontario wines.
Attributing the vintage’s success largely to the ideal conditions that
started the year early and finished it late, the 2012 barrel samples tasted
were all exceptional, demonstrating layers of fruit, great structure,
balanced and capable of medium (5 years) to longer term (10-15 years)
These wines are currently available for sale as part of a Futures program
which provides consumers with a significant discount if they buy in advance,
with wines set to be shipped direct to Ontario consumers over the next 6
months. Lailey Vineyards is one of the few Ontario wineries that offers a
futures program, although it is only available in exceptional vintages, such
as the great 2010 vintage and perhaps the even better 2012 vintage.
For the first time, Lailey is offering most of their futures wines in large
formats (1.5L and. 3.0L) which is nice for any serious wine collector.
More information can be found in their website: www.laileyvineyard.com