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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2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris – Vintages 537076 – $24.95 – ***½ – This is truly summer captured in a glass. The fruit is pear and peach on the nose and on the palate. There is a delightful mineral note that forms the backbone to this wine and makes this very food friendly for lighter fare from the grill. This is a great wine for a fish fry at the cottage or paired with…

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2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – When it comes to consistency and quality for Riesling in the province of Ontario the Beamsville bench sets the bar. I look to bench Riesling as a way to help form the backbone to my collection because it is hard to beat the price to quality of these wines in any section of the LCBO. This bottle offers a great mineral note…

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2014 Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – 2016 Tawse Rose

2014 Konzelmann Late Harvest Gewurztraminer – 2016 Tawse Rose

2016 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Rosé – Vintages 172643 – $17.35 – ***½+ – The nose is concentrated and sweet with raspberry and something a little like hubba bubba (bubblegum). The fruit on the palate is intense with strawberry, watermelon, and cherry. There is a slight sweetness to this rosé, and it seems to amplify the fruit on the palate. There is nice acidity to this wine and this is a well balanced wine. This…

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2016 Fielding Estate Rosé – 2010 Flat Rock Riddled Sparkling

2016 Fielding Estate Rosé – 2010 Flat Rock Riddled Sparkling

2010 Flat Rock Riddled Sparkling – Vintages 383315 – $29.95 – ****+ – Sealed with a crown cap we have another bottle of unassuming sparkling wine available for the masses. Aromas of baking bread and Granny Smith apple rise out of the glass. But what makes this wine special is the concentration of the fruit is intense and satisfying. The bright crisp acidity greets your palate exactly how you would expect from great sparkling wine,…

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2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – Vintages 286278 – $18.95 – ****+ – Every vintage the Chardonnay from Flat Rock offers something to open with anticipation. The nose offers vanilla, orange and an apple note. There is a slight creaminess on the mid palate and balanced with nice acidity. The fruit really pushes into tropical territory with pineapple and tangerine. Coming in under twenty dollars this is one of the best value bottles from Ontario in…

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Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – 2013 Wildass Red

Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – 2013 Wildass Red

Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – Vintages 486357 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The bottle says extra dry, but you will be doing a double take when you take your first nose of the wine in your glass. This smells like candied strawberry, and cherry – Everything about the aroma of this wine screams sweet and light. This is clearly designed to be enjoyed on a patio in the summer… and then you take…

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2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – 2015 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Meritage

2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – 2015 Peninsula Ridge Reserve Meritage

2011 Eastdell Cuvée Brut – Vintages 485615 – $24.95 – ***½ – I personally find it a little exciting when a new bottle of sparkling wine from Ontario makes its way up the highway and onto the shelves of the LCBO. This is a traditional method sparkling wine made from a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. This is very easy drinking and relaxed. The wine has a nice aroma of rising dough…

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2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ****½ – This is a benchmark wine for Riesling in Niagara. When I’m talking about quality and value this is a flagship for the province and a perfect way to either build or bolster a cellar. The concentration of fruit climbing out of the glass is … satisfying. If you close your eyes when you take your first sniff of the wine in your…

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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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