Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $15.95 – **** – Well this is something different – a little more serious – a little more complex. I have long used the Sussreserve as a go-to when talking about Ontario Riesling, it was straight-forward and easy drinking. It would seem that the 2016 didn’t get the memo. What we have is something that has nice depth and complexity that previous vintages didn’t bring to the…

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Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling  – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $30.95 – **** – This is the second visit to vintages for 2017 and I’m excited to see this hitting the shelf heading into fall. The price has crept up by a couple dollars but this is still outstanding value. There’s a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first…

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Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay – Vintages 172338 – $24.95 – **** – The short note – this is the best Triomphe Chardonnay that I can remember. The long – Aromas are spicy and layered over apples and peach. This wine opens up on the palate with nice weight and texture. Flavours match the nose but an added floral note makes this wine remarkably complex especially for the price. You can expect to find this wine…

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Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

Wine Review – 2014 Rosewood Origin Mima’s Block Riesling – 2015 Trius Red

2015 Trius Red – Vintages 303800 – $24.95 – **** – This continues to be a benchmark for Bordeaux varietals in Ontario. It offers fantastic value and continues to be a staple to build a cellar. The nose on this bottle offers up raspberry, blackberry and a nice cocoa note. The flavours match the nose with a nice smoky note on the finish. The tannin is still firm, but the fruit flavours still soar. This…

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Wine Review – 2010 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottles Gewurztraminer

Wine Review –  2010 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Pinot Noir – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottles Gewurztraminer

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottles Gewurztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – ****+ – If there is any reason we should stop trying to compare Niagara to other wine regions it’s Gewurztraminer. If you go in expecting Alsace or Germany… you’re going to be disappointed… if you can get over yourself, you will find something completely different. The floral aromas are honey and rose with flavours that match. The texture is light with some nice…

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Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

Wine Review – 2015 Icellars Arinna – 2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc

2015 Strewn Terroir Pinot Blanc – Vintages 520205 – $18.95 – ***½+ – Well this is interesting, it’s not as if there is a ton of Pinot Blanc from Ontario that makes it to the shelf. Rarity aside this is an easy drinking bottle of wine that is meant to be paired with spicy cuisine of all kinds. The aromas of white flower are layered over orchard fruit with a nice mineral note that lingers…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot – 2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Cabernet Merlot – 2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc

2015 Hidden Bench Fumé Blanc – Vintages 68825 – $29.45 – **** – Well isn’t this something … I don’t think many people really think of Niagara when they of Sauvignon Blanc. Wines like this are going to change minds. A deeply complex nose offering tropical fruit and a mineral note. On the palate this opens up with a heavy rich texture that fills your whole mouth with vanilla, guava, and passion fruit. The finish…

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Wine Review – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

Wine Review – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – ***½+ – A nice mineral note really tells the story in this bottle. The floral note in the Musqué is restrained compared to previous vintages, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This makes it a little easier to pair with food. You will find nice orchard fruit and a citrus note that is swept away with nice palate cleansing acidity and the mineral…

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Wine Review – 2015 Malivoire Courtney Gamay – 2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2015 Malivoire Courtney Gamay – 2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay

2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay – Vintages 1552 – $26.95 – ****½ – This is awesome! When you put your first sip in your mouth it goes from cream corn, to pineapple, to vanilla, to orange, to peach – the depth to this wine is outstanding. What’s great is also a very nice concentration of flavours. Great acidity to this bottle keeps it from sitting too heavy on the palate and keeps it…

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Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Trius Brut Rosé – Vintages 184309 – $29.95 – **** – There’s a nice balance between citrus and red fruit on the nose. Nice depth on the palate that really opens up when if you let it sit on your tongue. Food pairings are endless for this wine as it finishes nice and clean. The short story about this rosé is that it’s a great bottle of pink bubbly. 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Vintages…

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