Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – Vintages 523845 – $22.20 – **** – When U2 released “Where the Streets Have No Name” the b-side to that single was “The Sweetest Thing”. This feels like a literal interpretation of that release. The other side of the record would be Picone or Ivan a statement that’s a little more austere and hard hitting. The B-Side is a little softer and off-dry that lets the fruit really shine…

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Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****+ – This continues to be a show-stopper and benchmark for quality and price in the province. This brings perfect balance with acidity but the sweetness on the palate brings an army of fruit to this bottle. You can expect to find lime, macintosh apple, and peach. If you open this today, you can do so without regret and let the…

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Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

2015 Hidden Bench Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – There’s something about Riesling and this time of year. I just enjoy putting it on the table next to roast chicken, paprikash, even Coq au Vin can get a nice counterpoint to it. This is bone dry with nice orchard fruit that soars over bright acidity. This is a perfect example of balanced Riesling and offers great value. Something to enjoy now or…

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Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – Vintages 67587 – $18.95 – **** – There is nice balance to this riesling. There is a kiss of sweetness on the finish, and it’s met with nice acidity. The sweetness is enough to really let macintosh and golden delicious apple soar on the mid palate. A nice mineral note mingles with the apples but disappears on a clean finish. 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – Vintages 524389 – $39.00 –…

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Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Stratus Red – 2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I love it when my Riesling has a hint of sugar. But sweetness needs balance and this is perfectly balanced. The sweetness brings some golden delicious apple to lemon drop. The mineral note adds even more depth and complexity to a wine that brings a lot to your glass. Enjoy now or have it spend time in your cellar for 10-15…

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Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2015 Cave Spring CSV Riesling – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – Vintages 315200 – $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…

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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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