Wine Review – 2016 Malivoire Gamay – 2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

Wine Review – 2016 Malivoire Gamay – 2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

2016 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling – Vintages 251439 – $19.95 – ****+ – A beautiful off-dry and perfectly balanced bottle of Riesling. The aromas are lemon, lime and zest of both giving this some nice depth right off the nose. On the palate this opens up to an avalanche of fruit – the citrus makes way for orchard fruit with apple and peach. The slight sweetness keeps the fruit fresh and ripe but are met…

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Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2013 Redstone Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2013 Redstone Chardonnay

2013 Redstone Chardonnay – Vintages 511428 – $25.70 – ****+ – Fantastic Chardonnay at the price from anywhere. Nice aromas of apple and peach with a bit of spice mixed in. On the palate is nice concentration of fruit and vanilla and spice to round out the package. On the finish a nice mineral note pokes through the fruit and spice and keeps this light. This is one of those wines that you’re not likely…

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Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

My last trip to Niagara in 2017 included a stop at Megalomaniac. THIS is the visit I have been waiting for as the wines that are currently available at Megalomaniac are the first that have been made start to finish by Winemaker Sebastian Jacquey. The white wines available over the past couple vintages have been exciting, and it has been interesting to see what Sebastian has done with Riesling. But, John Howard has staked his…

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Wine Review – 2011 Patrick Chan Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – 2016 North 42 Degrees Cabernet Franc

Wine Review – 2011 Patrick Chan Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – 2016 North 42 Degrees Cabernet Franc

2011 Patrick Chan Sparkling Blanc de Blancs – Vintages 546291 – $29.95 – ****+ – This is a bottle worth picking up to enjoy while watching the Olympics. The nose offers a nice bready note with citrus. The flavours have some nice depth with apple and spice layered over lemon drop and has nice intensity. Crisp acidity comes on the finish keeping this wine light and clean on the finish. At this price point this…

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Wine Review – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir

2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir – LCBO 57349 – $15.95 – ****+ – One thing about the Chateau des Charmes Gamay is that every vintage it’s going to offer something fantastic. This is a little more savory than past vintages with a very strong pepper note that goes from nose to finish. Don’t get me wrong, you will still find your ripe cherries and blackberry buried under the spice but the smoke and pepper…

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Wine Review – 2015 Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer

Wine Review – 2015 Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer

2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer – Vintages 146753 – $19.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Ontario is something worth seeking out. It doesn’t have the weight or texture of Alsatian bottles, but it’s not trying to be Alsace. The lighter texture on the mid-palate make this easier to pair with food. Aromas and flavours are textbook tropical and rose, with a nice sweetness that amplifies the lychee note. The acidity on this wine is balanced but the…

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Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

Wine Review – 2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – 2016 13th Street Cabernet/Merlot

2016 Charles Baker B-Side Riesling – Vintages 523845 – $22.20 – **** – When U2 released “Where the Streets Have No Name” the b-side to that single was “The Sweetest Thing”. This feels like a literal interpretation of that release. The other side of the record would be Picone or Ivan a statement that’s a little more austere and hard hitting. The B-Side is a little softer and off-dry that lets the fruit really shine…

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Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

13th Street has recently finished building a new addition to their facility. I was shocked to see how quickly the new addition had been built. I usually make a few pilgrimages to the barn to grab some buttertarts or stock up on Saskatoon jam (one of the few places in the province that regularly has it) so it looks like I need to start making my visits more often. That being said the building isn’t…

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Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****+ – This continues to be a show-stopper and benchmark for quality and price in the province. This brings perfect balance with acidity but the sweetness on the palate brings an army of fruit to this bottle. You can expect to find lime, macintosh apple, and peach. If you open this today, you can do so without regret and let the…

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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

2016 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – Vintages 616466 – $29.95 – ****+ – This is one of the first wines I have had an opportunity to sample what the very warm 2016 summer has to offer from Niagara, and I was not disappointed. Aromas of vanilla and butterscotch layered over peach, apple and roasted pineapple. This opens up on the palate with nice concentration and depth that follows through on what the…

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