2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2014 Dirty Laundry Merlot – 2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling

2013 Charles Baker Piccone Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 241182 – $35.20 – ****+ – I have a hard time ageing white wines in my home. The problem with Riesling is that while it does have fantastic ageing potential, it offers so much in it’s youth. I recognize Riesling north of thirty dollars is at a price point where you may thing twice about gulping down a bottle on a Friday night, but that’s not a…

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2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2015 Rockway Vineyards Red – 2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris

2014 Mission Hill Reserve Pinot Gris – Vintages 537076 – $24.95 – ***½ – This is truly summer captured in a glass. The fruit is pear and peach on the nose and on the palate. There is a delightful mineral note that forms the backbone to this wine and makes this very food friendly for lighter fare from the grill. This is a great wine for a fish fry at the cottage or paired with…

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2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – 2014 Dirty Laundry Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – When it comes to consistency and quality for Riesling in the province of Ontario the Beamsville bench sets the bar. I look to bench Riesling as a way to help form the backbone to my collection because it is hard to beat the price to quality of these wines in any section of the LCBO. This bottle offers a great mineral note…

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2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – 2013 Creekside Cabernet Franc

2015 Dirty Laundry Woo Woo Vines Gewurztraminer – Vintages 245140 – $18.95 – Whether it’s Niagara or the Okanagan Canada is kind of doing it’s own thing when it comes to Gewurztraminer. The texture of the wine typically falls halfway between what you would expect from Alsace or Germany. There is nice acidity that helps keep this from sitting too heavy on the palate. There is nice rose petal and lychee – it’s pretty much…

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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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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2014 Domaine Queylus Tradition Chardonnay

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $28.95 – **** – There is a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first taste of this wine you’re greeted with bright notes of everything from the nose but when you get to your second and third sips the depth of this wine really starts to come through. There…

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Burrowing Owl for Christmas

Burrowing Owl for Christmas

2013 Burrowing Owl Meritage – Vintages 644906 – $54.95 – ****½ – The short word on this is that it’s outstanding. The nose is rich and complex – Lots of blackberry, black currant, cocoa, and licorice. The flavours in this wine are just as rich and complex as what you find on the nose. It seems the deeper into the bottle you get there is a floral flavour that starts to make an appearance. The…

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Black Hills Winery

Black Hills Winery

Unfortunately my July 2016 visit to Black Hills Estate Winery this summer was abridged. Time had gotten the best of me and I was forced to cut the visit a little short. Without getting into my notes on the wine that winemaker Graham Pierce tasted with me, I can already tell you that I am eager to head back to the winery. In my short visit Graham gave me a quick tour of the facility….

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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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2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

2013 Osyoos Larose Le Grand Vin

I was privileged to be one of the first journalists to taste the new vintage of Le Grand Vin. I was also privileged to get to visit the estate. This winery has no tasting room and the facilities in the vineyards are quite literally a working farm. When I met vineyard manager Benoit Giroussens he seemed to apologize for the rustic conditions. Anyone that knows me, understands that I believe the biggest disconnect right now…

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