Wine Review: Seriously Cool

Wine Review: Seriously Cool

2016 Seriously Cool Chardonnay – LCOB 457481 – $14.95 – **** – Bright and crisp with a nice mouthfeel. Unoaked Chardonnay of this calibre is anything but boring. The aromas speak of peaches and apples with some citrus tossed in there. The flavours match the nose and are met with bright crisp acidity making this a food friendly solution for so many things. A great match to a fish fry or grilled chicken. 2013 Seriously…

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2027 Cellars Wismer Fox Croft Block Riesling – 2014 Chateau des Charmes St David’s Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

2027 Cellars Wismer Fox Croft Block Riesling – 2014 Chateau des Charmes St David’s Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Riesling – Vintages 225490 – $22.95 – ****½ – The wines from 2027 Cellars are something to anticipate. The virtual winery doesn’t have a retail shop to visit so we should covet these wines when they make it to the shelf. I also don’t expect this wine to stick around for very long. The aromas are citrus with nice intense orchard fruit. This wine shifts to nice…

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Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

This pair of wines from the general list of the LCBO are a nice reminder that delicious Ontario wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 2016 13th Street White Burger Blend (Pinot Grigio/Riesling) – LCBO 469304 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – Simply put, the definition of a patio sipper. This is off-dry and it is met with nice acidity. This does open up with flavours of apple and melon on the mid palate. The acidity doesn’t…

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Wine Review – 2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

Wine Review –  2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 68015 – $16.00 – ***½+ – As far as unoaked Chardonnay from Ontario goes there is something a little magical about this wine. The nose is bright, fresh and clean with lemon and lime notes and a potent mineral note that sails over the fruit and pulls this wine together like the rug in the room of the Big Lebowski. This sits on the palate with a near-creaminess……

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Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham Gems for Late Summer

2016 Henry of Pelham Fumé Sauvignon Blanc – $19.95 – ****+ – Wow, just wow! Sauvignon Blanc from Ontario is something that needs a little more love and this bottle is a reason why. There is an intense tropical note on the nose with guava, passion fruit and pineapple. The flavours match the nose and open up with a nice weight and texture on the palate. This is truly a bottle worth seeking out and…

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Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – 2013 North 43 Cabernet Franc

2016 Norman Hardie Riesling – Vintages 131169 – $21.00 – **** – Straight up, this is the best vintage of Riesling I have ever tasted from Norm. This has beautiful balance, but also a nice depth of flavour. This is made with 30% County Fruit and 70% Niagara Fruit. There is a slight funkiness to the nose that is layered over apple and citrus. There is a slight sweetness on the mid palate but it…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – $44.95 – ****½ – Cuvée Catherine Sparkling from Henry of Pelham is a benchmark for Sparkling wine in the province. It would seem the Speck brothers aren’t content with setting the bar without exceeding it themselves. The nose offers a hint of vanilla, orchard fruit, bright citrus notes and rising pizza dough. On the palate this opens up with a slight creaminess and it fills your mouth from…

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Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

Wine Review – 2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage

2015 Kacaba Reserve Meritage – $45.15 – ****½ – Raspberry jam and currant on the nose. The way this wine starts it tells a story of fruit and a warm fall and a great vintage. But when you take your first sip you see that this isn’t a story, but more of a saga. There is a cocoa note, there is a smoky note, and then there is more fruit. Plum, Blackberry, Blueberry write the…

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