Flat Rock – (Spring 2017)

Flat Rock – (Spring 2017)

2016 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – Vintages 39974 – $16.95 – ****+ – This screams summer as watermelon and raspberry make appearances in the glass. I hesitate to use the word “serious” to describe this wine, but there is nothing more serious and versatile at your table than a well balanced bottle of rosé. When you let this open up on the palate the fruit is raspberry, cherry, cranberry, watermelon and a bit of citrus…

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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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KEW Vineyards – Spring 2017

KEW Vineyards – Spring 2017

I can’t believe I have never taken the time to stop by Kew vineyards. The wines that do make their way through the LCBO are always worth picking up. The few times I have had the opportunity to taste the sparkling wines have been eyebrow raising (and not just one … both). So tasting through the solid portfolio at this winery is worth the visit but given the fact that the broad sparkling portfolio is…

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ROCO Winery – Oregon

ROCO Winery – Oregon

Rollin Soles settled in Oregon from Texas. He is the co-owner of ROCO winery in Oregon and greeting him at the winery felt like greeting an old friend. He settled in Oregon after making wines in California, Switzerland, Washington and Australia. The facility in Oregon is impressive and the wines are a true expression of cool climate wine making. The winery is named for Rollin and his wife Corby Stonebraker-Soles. Their mascot is a Thunderbird,…

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Dec 2 – 2012 Union Forté – 2010 Henry of Pelham Family Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

Dec 2 – 2012 Union Forté – 2010 Henry of Pelham Family Reserve Cabernet/Merlot

2012 Union Forté – Vintages 361758 – $16.95 – ****1/2 – There is a lot of people experimenting with fortified wines in Ontario, but the Union Forté sits above everyone else. This wine offers something very different from the nose until the finish. The nose is candied cherry, plum and spice. There is nice rich intensity to the fruit when you take your first sip. Fruit flavours of plum, dark cherry, raisin followed through with…

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Sep 30 – 2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir

Sep 30 – 2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir

2015 Coffin Ridge Bone Dry Riesling – Vintages 232744 – $17.20 – **** – This is a solid Riesling that even though it’s called bone dry you still get a slight sense of sweetness on the mid palate. The bright crisp acidity keeps your mouth in anticipation for the next sip. The nose is honey, green apple and citrus with flavours that match. The finish is clean with a nice mineral note. This will make…

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Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

One of my first stops in the Okanagan was to Sperling Estates. I have long been a fan of Ann Sperling’s work at Southbrook. So, as soon as I knew I was heading out west my first point of order was to make sure I got a chance to visit Ann’s family winery. I had a chance to taste through the portfolio with Rickard Branby. He is the Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Sperling….

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Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

Coyote’s Run – Spring Visit

This post is long overdue. I had a chance to visit Coyote’s Run in March of this year and haven’t had a chance to go over the wines. Coyote’s Run is one of my favorite places to visit in the province because they remind that I love Pinot Noir, but also that I can buy great Pinot Noir that I can afford. Red Paw and Black Paw vineyard Pinot are in my house often year…

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Southbrook the 2013 Batch

Southbrook the 2013 Batch

It’s safe to say that the 2010 and 2012 vintages are in the rear view mirror for most wineries in Ontario. There are a handful holding on to some reserve wines that we are yet to see, but that’s not what this post is about. 2013 offered us a more typical vintage for Ontario. What does this mean for what is in the bottle? Southbrook is going all out for the 2013 Vintage. They are…

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April 22 – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – 2014 The Foreign Affair Enchanted

April 22 – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – 2014 The Foreign Affair Enchanted

2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – Vintages 268391 – $24.95 – **** – Aromas of smoke and cherry rise out of the glass. This Pinot definitely has a dark side to it. Less fruity and more earthy while the wine settles on your palate but it blooms in your mouth with very nice floral flavours that fill your mouth. The finish on this wine offers up mossy forest floor and mushroom. This is…

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