2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Wildass Riesling – Vintages 129700 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The Wildass label continues to be one of my favorite on the shelf of the LCBO. This is the second label from Stratus, and as with the wines under the “premium” label (I use this word reluctantly) the bar is set very high. There is a perfect harmony of lime and mineral notes on the nose and on the palate. This is off-dry and…

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2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

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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2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – Simply put, I love this wine. There is a nice acid backbone to this bottle that keeps it food friendly. This is a blend of viognier, gewurztraminer, chardonnay and chardonnay musqué. There should be no surprise that aromas of white flower climb out of the glass and dance lightly with peach, pear, pineapple and pushes up to passion fruit. There…

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2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Cabernet Franc

2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay –  2015 Fielding Cabernet Franc

2014 2027 Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – Vintages 421362 – $22.95 – ****½+ – This may be the most underpriced bottle of wine from Ontario to hit the shelves of the LCBO. The intensity of this wine is almost in contradiction to the balance in this bottle. The vanilla note is layered over roasted apple and baking spice. There is a nice mineral note that lingers after nice acidity to keep this from sitting…

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2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – Vintages 245140 – $18.95 – Whether it’s Niagara or the Okanagan Canada is kind of doing it’s own thing when it comes to Gewurztraminer. The texture of the wine typically falls halfway between what you would expect from Alsace or Germany. There is nice acidity that helps keep this from sitting too heavy on the palate. There is nice rose petal and lychee – it’s pretty much…

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2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2014 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – 2014 Keint-He Voyageur Pinot Noir

2014 Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling – Vintages 370361 – $20.95 – **** – There is a slight sweet note that is right at the core of this wine from start to finish. The nose is honeycomb and lime with a mineral note. The slight sweetness from the fruit really pops on the palate. There is nice depth to this wine. That being said I wouldn’t stockpile this wine in the cellar. Pick up…

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2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – 2014 Huff Reserve Pinot Noir

2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – 2014 Huff Reserve Pinot Noir

2012 16 Mile Rebel Chardonnay – Vintages 485243 – $19.95 – ****+ – If you haven’t had a chance to taste the wines from 16 mile you’re missing out. Their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are some of the best buys in the province. This chardonnay balances nice orchard fruit with apples and peach on the nose. There is nice vanilla and woodsmoke on the mid palate but bright crisp acidity help keep this wine light…

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2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – vintages 485334 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the only Marsanne in the province, that makes this wine both unique and special. The aromas are tangerine and vanilla making this seem like a creamsicle in a glass. There is a nice note of baking spice that rises up on the mid palate. The texture is creamy but not heavy on the mid palate. There is nice acidity that helps keep…

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2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – 2014 Dirty Laundry ‘Say Yes’ Pinot Gris

2011 Ridgepoint Pinot Noir – Vintages 89003 – $14.95 – ***½+ – There is something rich and concentrated about this Pinot. The nose is cherry, and it pushes right up to the line of being cherry pie… but doesn’t seem to cross that line. There is a slight smoky and cocoa note that rises above the fruit. The tannin is a little firm and this wine would benefit from 9-12 months on its side before…

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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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