Arterra – New Wines from Marco Piccoli

Arterra – New Wines from Marco Piccoli

Arterra are a pair of new wines being offered by Jackson-Triggs winemaker Marco Piccoli. These wines are going to fill a hole in the constellation portfolio that has been created by the absence of Le Clos Jordanne. That being said, these are not meant to emulate these wines but be something completely different. These wines are created to give Marco an opportunity to be creative. The first two wines being offered are Pinot Noir and…

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Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – 2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay –  2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages 149302 – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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2013 The Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2013 The Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red – Vintages 471516 – $69.95 – ****½ – The label is adorned with the word sorry. The wines from the Foreign Affair are all crafted as a love letter to Canada and to Italy where owner Len Crispino fell in love with the appassimento style of winemaking. So it’s appropriate that this love letter start with a very Canadian apology. The aromas are very ripe Strawberry, Marascino Cherry, and Raspberry…

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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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Rennie – March 2016

Rennie – March 2016

March 5th I had the chance to stop by Graham Rennie’s vineyard. I have had a chance to check out the wines at Malivoire in my last few visits. Last year I had the chance to taste the Halo wine from Rennie “G” at an Italian/Ontario tasting and what was remarkable was that no one in the room could discern with certainty which appassimento wine was from Italy and which was from Canada (http://andrewinereview.ca/2015/02/17/from-italy-to-ontario-wine-tasting-january-28/). This…

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2012 Villa Annaberta Amarone Della Valpolicella

2012 Villa Annaberta Amarone Della Valpolicella

2012 Villa Annaberta Amarone Della Valpolicella – LCBO 433961 – $38.95 – **** – Drinking Amarone feels like drinking a decadent dessert. It’s rich and concentrated, loaded with very ripe fruit flavours and whispers of cocoa, or coffee. Amarone is made by drying the grapes before pressing them. The winemaking process is called Appassimento. It’s kind of the same principal behind making icewine but under very different conditions. When you make icewine you let the…

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Cuvée 2016

Cuvée 2016

The Cuvée Grand Tasting 2016 took place March 5th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Every year I set out with the goal of tasting every wine at the event and every year I fall short. This year there were 48 wines in attendance. This year was also interesting because we are starting to see the warm vintage red wines from 2012 fade into the rear view mirror and we are really starting to see what…

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March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – **** – (Tasted Feb 19, 2016) The nose is soft with Vanilla and Passion Fruit. The flavours of this wine are complex and delicious Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Peach, Pear, and Apples with a wonderful texture on the finish. It has been about 6 months since I last tasted this wine and it is holding onto everything that makes it great. While this…

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Big Head (Nov 2015)

Big Head (Nov 2015)

I recently took a visit to the new brick and mortar facility for Big Head wines. If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new winery it is well worth the visit. Many of the wines are getting the appassimento treatment. There are many mixed reviews about using the grape drying technique in Ontario. I still think the technique is too new to make a hard opinion on it. There are great examples of…

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Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

Profile: Casa-Dea (June 2015)

The last time I was at Casa-Dea in Prince Edward County I was introduced to their first appassimento wine called Adamo.  I had the opportunity to taste the white counterpart – Eva.  It is always exciting to see what comes out of the doors of the winery when you have a creative winemaker pushing the envelope. One thing that is interesting about these wines in particular is that they are all made with Prince Edward…

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