2011 Hinterland The Sacrament

2011 Hinterland The Sacrament

2011 Hinterland Sacrament – Winery – $55.00(probably) – ****½ – This is a 50/50 Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend that winemaker Jonas Newman has told me is a one-off from the 2011 harvest. Let’s hope that this isn’t as unique as he says because it’s damned good. The nose is bright and crisp with aromas of lemon and lime layered over a nice bready note. In the mouth there is a slight vanilla note that is…

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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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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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Hidden Bench Brut Natur 2011

Hidden Bench Brut Natur 2011

This post is ready to go just in time for New Years… sadly I believe this wine is sold out. The good news is that there will be more available for next year. So consider this post a tease for what to come next year. 2011 Hidden Bench Brut Natur – $45.00 – ****½ – Chances are at the moment you are reading this the Brut Natur from HIdden Bench has long been sold out….

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2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2011 Tawse Grower’s Blend PInot Noir

2015 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****½ – This is something I look forward to every year. This is off-dry but perfectly balanced with acidity. I would put it to anyone who says they don’t like sweet wines to give this a try. This is something that pairs perfect with perogies, sauerkraut and sausages. Wines like these shouldn’t be saved for hot weather they belong on your…

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Tenuta Bellafonte

Tenuta Bellafonte

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to taste a couple of outstanding wines from Umbria. There were two wines on the table from Tenuta Bellafonte. I’ll admit that I don’t drink a ton of italian wine, but even with my limited exposure to this wine region I can tell you that these wines are both tasty. It was interesting speaking with proprietor and winemaker Peter Heilbron. The two wines that his winery makes are…

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Foreign Affair (Summer 2016)

Foreign Affair (Summer 2016)

I had a chance to visit the Foreign Affair this summer. If you haven’t been down to the winery you may have seen the Apologetic Red recently released through vintages. That being said there are a few wines that make this worth the visit. 2012 Sauvignon Blanc – **** – $27.95 – There is bright granny smith apple on the nose and lime. The concentration of flavours is very nice in the glass, the flavours…

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Intersection (July 2016)

Intersection (July 2016)

I woke up early on July 25th to fit in a visit to Intersection winery. I got a chance to walk through the vineyards and go through the wines with Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager Melissa Smits. What is interesting at the winery is the attention being given to their Merlot. There are three different offerings in the portfolio and all are very solid. The portfolio at Intersection is small and focused, it’s clear that…

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Oct 7 – 2011 Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay – 2013 Redstone Cabernet

Oct 7 – 2011 Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay – 2013 Redstone Cabernet

2011 Stoney Ridge Excellence Chardonnay – Vintages 254243 – $17.95 – ****+ – It has been nearly a year since I last wrote about this wine. While the price has gone down by seven dollars, I feel that this wine has still improved. This wine offers intense tropical flavours and aromas all wrapped in vanilla. Needless to say be prepared to enjoy something that has spend some time in oak barrels. Be mindful of serving…

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Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster – July 2016

Red Rooster is a label that many people might be familiar with from BC. They offer affordable bottles with great quality. They have a large portfolio but across the board the wines are solid. 2014 Gewurztraminer Reserve – ****+ – $19.00 – There is all kinds of tropical fruit in this bottle. Lychee and Passion fruit with nice Rose Petal balanced in the glass. The finish has nice balanced acidity to it. 2015 Riesling –…

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