Wine Review – Cave Spring

Wine Review – Cave Spring

2015 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc – LCBO 523001 – $17.95 – **** – I will be the first to admit that I don’t spend enough time tasting the wines in the general list… but I need to remind myself wineries like Cave Spring, Vineland and Chateau des Charmes consistently bring outstanding value and quality to the front of the LCBO. This Cabernet Franc is where Ontario shines. It’s not quite Bordeaux… it’s not quite Loire……

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Wine Review – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

Wine Review – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – ***½+ – A nice mineral note really tells the story in this bottle. The floral note in the Musqué is restrained compared to previous vintages, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This makes it a little easier to pair with food. You will find nice orchard fruit and a citrus note that is swept away with nice palate cleansing acidity and the mineral…

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2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – I would love to see this bottle as a vintages essential so I can get it year round. While founder Len Pennachetti will refer to Cave Spring as the house that Riesling built, this winery rounds out the portfolio with strong offerings across all varietals including Chardonnay. The main story with this wine is a nice creamy mouthfeel balanced with great acidity…

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2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 David Hearn Limited Edition Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 David Hearn Limited Edition Cabernet/Merlot

2015 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – ***½ – This is a little more Chardonnay and a little less floral than previous vintages. The hallmark of Musqué are the white flower notes that mingle in with what you would expect from Chardonnay. This is unoaked with a nice mineral note that goes from start to finish that works nicely with green apple and citrus notes. This is a great…

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2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurz in time for summer is something interesting. You will read tons of notes on how these wines pair well with spicy asian cuisine – Thai or Japanese. I love having something that pairs well with grilled sausages. The fact that Gewurz from Ontario is a little lighter than its european counterparts makes it a little more food friendly but the…

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The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

The City Wino – Post-Holiday Wines For a Budget

It’s January. We are all waiting to open our bills and recoil in horror. Here are some suggestions from local sommelier Krystina Roman to save the day, and the pocketbook. You may know Krystina as The City Wino (twitter:instagram) on social media. I am pleased to welcome her wine recommendations to add here. One thing you will notice is that scoring is a little different than what I use. That being said the scoring system…

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Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

Nov 4 – 2013 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah – 2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine

2014 Cave Spring Riesling Icewine – Vintages 447441 – $49.95 – ****½ – There is something really special about this wine. The aroma has this pressence of Caramel Corn and it’s just so satisfying to have something almost savory right off the hop. Riesling Icewine tends to keep its acidity and this is no exception. There are flavours of Canned Peaches, Apricot, and Honey. Sip carefully and serve with pâté, and firm cheeses. 2013 Creekside…

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Oct 28 – 2013 Marynissen Platinum Chardonnay – 2013 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc

Oct 28 – 2013 Marynissen Platinum Chardonnay – 2013 Cave Spring Cabernet Franc

2013 Marynissen Platinum Chardonnay – Vintages 471532 – $25.00 – **** – If you’re not a fan of oaked Chardonnay you may want to take a pass on this bottle. That being said this bottle does offer tropical fruit, oranges with butterscotch and woodsmoke. The key to this wine is to be mindful of serving temperature. If you serve this too cold it will come off tasting a little like popsicle sticks. However serve this…

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Sep 2 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2014 Chateau Des Charmes Gamay Droit

Sep 2 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2014 Chateau Des Charmes Gamay Droit

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – ****+ – Dear Gewurztraminer, Why do you insist on breaking my heart? I know there isn’t much left of you after a couple of very cold winters, but isn’t there some way we can compromise? Why do you have to go away. You keep teasing me with bottles like this delicious wine from Cave Spring. You bring me a bouquet of roses when…

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