2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – Vintages 286278 – $18.95 – ****+ – Every vintage the Chardonnay from Flat Rock offers something to open with anticipation. The nose offers vanilla, orange and an apple note. There is a slight creaminess on the mid palate and balanced with nice acidity. The fruit really pushes into tropical territory with pineapple and tangerine. Coming in under twenty dollars this is one of the best value bottles from Ontario in…

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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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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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2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ****½ – This is a benchmark wine for Riesling in Niagara. When I’m talking about quality and value this is a flagship for the province and a perfect way to either build or bolster a cellar. The concentration of fruit climbing out of the glass is … satisfying. If you close your eyes when you take your first sniff of the wine in your…

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2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 68015 – $16.00 – ***½+ – As far as unoaked Chardonnay from Ontario goes there is something a little magical about this wine. The nose is bright, fresh and clean with lemon and lime notes and a potent mineral note that sails over the fruit and pulls this wine together like the rug in the room of the Big Lebowski. This sits on the palate with a near-creaminess……

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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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Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

Henry of Pelham – a couple wines for Spring

2015 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – The blend on this wine is always a little different but every year this wine seems to deliver something delicious and unique. For 2015 the blend is mainly Viognier with Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay Musqué. There is a nice presence of oak in this wine and it helps balance out the floral qualities from the aromatic grapes in this bottle….

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2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Z Alexander Brown Uncaged Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 478628 – $21.95 – ****+ – When I tasted this wine I didn’t know this had a celebrity name attached to it. The Z in Alexander Brown stands for Zac of the Zac Brown Band. If you’re a fan of his music this is worth picking up. If you’re a fan of his music you probably won’t need to read this review any further. This is…

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2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – 2013 13th Street Cabernet Merlot

2014 Kew Marsanne – vintages 485334 – $19.95 – ****+ – This is the only Marsanne in the province, that makes this wine both unique and special. The aromas are tangerine and vanilla making this seem like a creamsicle in a glass. There is a nice note of baking spice that rises up on the mid palate. The texture is creamy but not heavy on the mid palate. There is nice acidity that helps keep…

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2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 322586 – $19.95 – **** – This is the second vintage of this wine that is made using the “dry farming” techniques. I don’t think it’s possible to take your first sip of this wine without raising an eyebrow. The flavours are very rich and concentraded from start to finish. The aromas are cocoa and campfire smoke with black currant buried underneath it all. This wine is heavy,…

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