The 2017 Gold Vidal Icewine was fermented for about three weeks in new French oak and then aged for another four months in French oak. It comes in at 9.5% alcohol, 256 grams of residual sugar and 9.94 of total acidity with a pH of 3.6. The price references a half bottle. Why trade up from the regular Vidal? Well, they are quite different in style. It's more about the style than any qualitative difference. This has a fuller feel in the mouth. It is much denser. The wood is not noticeable as such, but it gives this a less unctuous texture and a little more character, cutting the relentless sugar hit a little. To be sure, the price paid for that gain is the loss of a little purity and freshness. It is still sexy and quite delicious, so don't worry about that too much. On the first day tasted, this was my favorite of the two Vidals. When they were retasted the next day, it was tossup. This seemed a bit more stolid, relatively speaking."