Wine Review: Seriously Cool

Wine Review: Seriously Cool

2016 Seriously Cool Chardonnay – LCOB 457481 – $14.95 – **** – Bright and crisp with a nice mouthfeel. Unoaked Chardonnay of this calibre is anything but boring. The aromas speak of peaches and apples with some citrus tossed in there. The flavours match the nose and are met with bright crisp acidity making this a food friendly solution for so many things. A great match to a fish fry or grilled chicken. 2013 Seriously…

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Wine Review – 2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

Wine Review –  2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

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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Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

Wine Review – 2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche

2012 Henry of Pelham Carte Blanche – $44.95 – ****½ – Cuvée Catherine Sparkling from Henry of Pelham is a benchmark for Sparkling wine in the province. It would seem the Speck brothers aren’t content with setting the bar without exceeding it themselves. The nose offers a hint of vanilla, orchard fruit, bright citrus notes and rising pizza dough. On the palate this opens up with a slight creaminess and it fills your mouth from…

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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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2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours…

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2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2015 Wildass Merlot – 2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine

2011 Benjamin Bridge Brut Sparkling Wine – Vintages 381533 – $49.95 – ****+ – This winery from Nova Scotia has been generating significant buzz for quite some time. This bottle is definitely one of the reasons why. With aromas that are nice and toasty with applesauce and citrus that climb out of the glass. This bottle is punching above it’s weight class if you were to pour this side by side with Champagne that is…

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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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Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

I made a long overdue visit to Rosehall Run in the spring and had the opportunity to see what winemaker Dan Sullivan is working on in the cellar. Some of the most creative winemaking in Ontario is taking place on Greer Road whether it’s at Norman Hardie’s, Casa Dea or Rosehall Run. Dan approaches the winemaking with unbridled enthusiasm and the broad portfolio at this winery offers something for anyone who walks through the door….

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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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