Featherstone – Spring 2017

Featherstone – Spring 2017

2015 Cabernet Franc – $19.95 – ****+ – The Cabernet Franc from Featherstone is always a strong offering and one of my go-to bottles when cooking red meat around the house. The 2015 offering from Featherstone is one of the best vintages in recent memory. Beautiful aromas or raspberry and blackberry climb out of the glass with beautiful concentration. If there is any doubt about the strength of Cabernet Franc in this province you need…

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Ripasso x2

Ripasso x2

2014 Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso – LCBO 506519 – $18.95 – **** – A nice black currant note climbs out of the glass with layers of cocoa mixed in there. For a bottle that comes from the general list there is nice structure and a bit of dustiness that takes a minute to blow off when you open the bottle. This is nice, ripe and juicy with red and black fruit. This definitely the overlooked…

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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La Crema – Spring 2017

La Crema – Spring 2017

2015 La Crema Monterey Chardonnay – **** – This offers up a solid textbook California Chardonnay – this won’t be for everyone but If you’re looking for buttered popcorn, and pineapple this is your way in. The flavours are nice and concentrated and the creamy mouthfeel feels as though it will never leave your mouth. That being said even though this opens in your mouth with the intensity of a firework there is still some…

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KEW Vineyards – Spring 2017

KEW Vineyards – Spring 2017

I can’t believe I have never taken the time to stop by Kew vineyards. The wines that do make their way through the LCBO are always worth picking up. The few times I have had the opportunity to taste the sparkling wines have been eyebrow raising (and not just one … both). So tasting through the solid portfolio at this winery is worth the visit but given the fact that the broad sparkling portfolio is…

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Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

I visited Icellars recently and had a chance to meet Adnan and Elif the proprietors of their eponymous winery. The production is very small and the facility is a little unassuming on a stretch of road just up the road from Coyote’s Run. When you walk into the winery you will be greeted at the door by Simba, the golden retriever as he invites you into the facility. The tasting room is a corner of…

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Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

2015 Konzelmann Estate Winery Baco Noir – $12.15 – ***1/2 – I have recently been critical of Baco Noir with my podcast partner Michael Pinkus. For Baco producers that are not Henry of Pelham the bar needs to be raised. Konzelmann have done a great job pushing the envelope with this bottle. The fruit is juicy on the nose and on the palate with blackberry and cherry. The finish is nice acidity to keep this…

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Muscedere – pronounced Moo-Said-Ray

Muscedere – pronounced Moo-Said-Ray

I want to start this post with a pronunciation clarification. This winery is named for the Muscedere family and it’s pronounced Moo-Said-Ray. Muscedere Vineyards is a family run winery in the Lake Erie North Shore. I had the opportunity to taste some of their wines last year and it’s something that stuck with me. When you visit the Muscedere website you can see that they still offer many back vintages from the stellar 2012 harvest….

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Chateau des Charmes for Spring

Chateau des Charmes for Spring

2015 Chateau des Charmes Cabernet Franc – **** – This was tasted in early February 2017, I need to point this out because when I opened this bottle the tannin was firm and grippy the whole way down. I don’t expect this to last for too long, but for a bottle from the general list this will be essential drinking as long as it’s on the shelf. The end of the growing season for 2015…

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2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – **** – This is a new entry fo the Triomphe line from Southbrook. This may push the price point of the triomphe line a little higher, but this still speaks great value. I will lament value priced Pinot Noir in this province as generally being a little harsh and earthy. This bottle from Southbrook is smooth, concentrated, and everything that’s right with Pinot Noir from Ontario. There is…

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