Ripasso x2

Ripasso x2

2014 Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso – LCBO 506519 – $18.95 – **** – A nice black currant note climbs out of the glass with layers of cocoa mixed in there. For a bottle that comes from the general list there is nice structure and a bit of dustiness that takes a minute to blow off when you open the bottle. This is nice, ripe and juicy with red and black fruit. This definitely the overlooked…

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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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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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La Crema – Spring 2017

La Crema – Spring 2017

2015 La Crema Monterey Chardonnay – **** – This offers up a solid textbook California Chardonnay – this won’t be for everyone but If you’re looking for buttered popcorn, and pineapple this is your way in. The flavours are nice and concentrated and the creamy mouthfeel feels as though it will never leave your mouth. That being said even though this opens in your mouth with the intensity of a firework there is still some…

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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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Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

I visited Icellars recently and had a chance to meet Adnan and Elif the proprietors of their eponymous winery. The production is very small and the facility is a little unassuming on a stretch of road just up the road from Coyote’s Run. When you walk into the winery you will be greeted at the door by Simba, the golden retriever as he invites you into the facility. The tasting room is a corner of…

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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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Kacaba Spring Roundup

Kacaba Spring Roundup

2014 Terraced Vineyard Syrah – $29.95 – ****1/2 – Whispers of soft white and black pepper work their way out of the glass and layer over soft red fruit. This is elegant and well balanced. Perfectly ripe fruit unravels on the palate with a hint of smoke peeking through on the finish. This is the definition of elegance, while you savor this wine it feels like a caress in your mouth. The wine finishes just…

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King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery – Oregon

King Estate Winery has the largest contiguous organic vineyards in North America. It is also one of the largest producers in Oregon producing over 400k cases of wine a year. The family owned facility is impressive with a production facility that seems like stretches for miles under the beautiful tasting room and restaurant located on site. The large production at this facility means that they are one of the flag bearers for Oregon wine. Wine…

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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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