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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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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2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I have a hard time ageing white wines in my home. The problem with Riesling is that while it does have fantastic ageing potential, it offers so much in it’s youth. I recognize Riesling north of thirty dollars is at a price point where you may thing twice about gulping down a bottle on a Friday night, but that’s not a…

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2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – I would love to see this bottle as a vintages essential so I can get it year round. While founder Len Pennachetti will refer to Cave Spring as the house that Riesling built, this winery rounds out the portfolio with strong offerings across all varietals including Chardonnay. The main story with this wine is a nice creamy mouthfeel balanced with great acidity…

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2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours…

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2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine – Vintages 381533 – $49.95 – ****+ – This winery from Nova Scotia has been generating significant buzz for quite some time. This bottle is definitely one of the reasons why. With aromas that are nice and toasty with applesauce and citrus that climb out of the glass. This bottle is punching above it’s weight class if you were to pour this side by side with Champagne that is…

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2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 David Hearn Limited Edition Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 David Hearn Limited Edition Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – ***½ – This is a little more Chardonnay and a little less floral than previous vintages. The hallmark of Musqué are the white flower notes that mingle in with what you would expect from Chardonnay. This is unoaked with a nice mineral note that goes from start to finish that works nicely with green apple and citrus notes. This is a great…

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2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurz in time for summer is something interesting. You will read tons of notes on how these wines pair well with spicy asian cuisine – Thai or Japanese. I love having something that pairs well with grilled sausages. The fact that Gewurz from Ontario is a little lighter than its european counterparts makes it a little more food friendly but the…

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2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – 2016 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – 2016 Creekside Cabernet Rosé

2013 Domaine Queylus Tradition Pinot Noir – Vintages 392738 – $29.95 – **** – Aromas of ripe cherry with a note of vanilla and a slight earthiness. This checks all the boxes for what you expect from Pinot Noir from Ontario. Ripe fruit opens up on the palate and there is a nice hint of baking spice on the finish. Nice acidity keeps this light and easy drinking. Simply put this is a great bottle…

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2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – Vintages 498519 – $17.95 – ****½ – The intensity of everything in this wine will make you want to stand up and applaud it. The nose is rich black cherry and climbs out of the glass with such concentration it feels like an invasion of the senses. The concentration of fruit flavours in the glass feels like great cru Beaujolais. This finishes with nicely balanced acidity and a hint of…

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