Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – Vintages 962886 – $29.95 – **** – When you picture California Chardonnay in your head you’re probably imagining what this wine smells and tastes like. This is a great reflection of the hot 2015 summer with aromas of orange, canned peach and candy corn. The flavours match the aromas with great intensity and fill your entire mouth from cheek to cheek with the rich butterscotch flavour and texture….

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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

2014 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 331603 – $22.95 – **** – There is a lot of fruit in this bottle, and frankly, this is what you should expect from California during the very hot and dry 2014 summer. In spite of the concentration of fruit flavours there is definitely some restraint and care taken in how this wine was put together. Aromas are cassis, strawberry, blackberry, plum, hints of black licorice and…

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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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Oregon Sneak Peek

Oregon Sneak Peek

I am off to Oregon to do some tasting and exploring next week. I have had the opportunity to taste a couple of wines from the area. A couple of wines do not define a region, but they certainly have me hooked into what I’m about to explore. 2014 La Crema Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir – ****+ – From your first sniff of the glass you can smell that there is some heat in…

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La Crema – 2014 Monterey Chardonnay – 2014 Los Carneros Pinot Noir

La Crema – 2014 Monterey Chardonnay – 2014 Los Carneros Pinot Noir

2014 La Crema Lose Carneros Pinot Noir – Vintages 58024 – $45.95 – **** – Compared to the North Coast Pinot Noir that I recently tasted this makes no apologies about being from California. Aromas of very ripe cherry and plum with allspice and nutmeg let you know this is a heavy Pinot Noir. The flavours on the wine are very ripe cherry, strawberry with slight hints of earthiness over the spice from the nose….

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A week of California

A week of California

The week of April 11th California came to town. The California Wine Fair took place on April 11th and it continues to be one of my most anticipated wine tastings of the year. This year was no exception. I attended the consumer event that took place in the evening. There are more wines in the room than it is possible to taste even if you try really hard. I think as a lover of California…

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2014 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2014 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

I have been critical of Californian Pinot Noir. I still taste it and I’m trying to get it. But compared to Burgundy, Niagara or Oregon it just doesn’t taste quite right. That being said there is definitely a fan club for Cali Pinot. The fruit is generally very ripe and jammy and it leans more towards medium-full bodied if I need to describe it in a nutshell. That being said when I had a chance…

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January 22 – 2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – 2014 Havens Chardonnay

January 22 – 2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – 2014 Havens Chardonnay

2014 Henry of Pelham Baco Noir – LCBO 270926 – $14.95 – **** – Baco Noir can be very hit and miss in terms of quality. However, this wine remains consistent regardless of vintage. The nose has slight hints of smoke and spice with lots of very ripe blueberry and currant. The flavours of this wine are jammy and ripe with blueberry, currant, raspberry. Beyond the fruit there is a bit of baking spice that…

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Bonterra Dinner

Bonterra Dinner

Tasting my way through California definitely opened my eyes to a world of wine that isn’t making its way to the LCBO. Beautiful Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Zinfandel all very reasonably priced. As I said in a tweet halfway through the dinner there is always room in my glass for Californian chardonnay. The dinner was hosted at the Evergreen Brickworks with the idea of sustainability being the recurring theme of the meal. Bonterra is…

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Winery Collective (August 2015)

Winery Collective (August 2015)

This is my last post about my visit to California. I can honestly say going through my notes and reflecting on what I tasted I am already eager to go back. There is so much to see, taste and eat in California that I am convinced even if I had given myself a couple of weeks to do this trip it still wouldn’t have been enough. My wine adventures during this trip did not begin…

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