Chateau des Charmes for Spring

Chateau des Charmes for Spring

2015 Chateau des Charmes Cabernet Franc – **** – This was tasted in early February 2017, I need to point this out because when I opened this bottle the tannin was firm and grippy the whole way down. I don’t expect this to last for too long, but for a bottle from the general list this will be essential drinking as long as it’s on the shelf. The end of the growing season for 2015…

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2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – 2015 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Droit

2015 Vineland Estates Gewurztraminer – Vintages 434779 – $17.95 – ***½+ – I’m not sure how much Gewurztraminer we are going to see coming from Ontario given the damage most Gew vineyards saw during the winters of 2014 and 2015 many wineries have moved on from the varietal, for those who have held onto their vines, this is something worth tasting. The thing about Gew from Ontario is it straddles a point somewhere between Alsace…

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Chateau des Charmes for the Holidays

Chateau des Charmes for the Holidays

2012 Chateau des Charmes “Old Vines” Cabernet-Merlot – Vintages 222372 – $21.95 – **** – This is very approachable and one of those wines that can drink a little too dangerously depending on the meal and company. Aromas of black currant and blackberry. There are hints of cocoa, and smoke on the nose and on the finish of this wine but it is buried under a ton of fruit. In the mouth the dark fruit…

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Chateau des Charmes – Paul Bosc Estate Wines

Chateau des Charmes – Paul Bosc Estate Wines

2014 Chateau des Charmes Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir – ****+ – $35.00 – The last time this wine was produced was in 2010. This is definitely something very special in the bottle. I know my own impressions when I first took my sip was to do a gustatory double-take. Pinot from CdC is delicious, but usually a little rough around the edges. The Paul Bosc Estate Pinot is anything but rough … 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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A Pair of Pink Wines to Enjoy in August

A Pair of Pink Wines to Enjoy in August

2015 Flat Rock Pink Twisted – Vintages 39974 – Price $16.95 – ****+ – The quality of Rosé that is on the market from Ontario wineries this spring is second to none. The aromas of watermelon, and candied cherry made me very happy. I love it when wines taste and smell a little like fruit roll ups. Hints of candied Cherry and Raspberry are what you find in the glass on a wine that finishes…

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July 29 – 2013 Fielding White Conception – 2012 Chateau des Charmes St Davids Bench Cabernet Franc

July 29 – 2013 Fielding White Conception – 2012 Chateau des Charmes St Davids Bench Cabernet Franc

2013 Fielding White Conception – Vintages 203737 – $18.95 – **** – This is a wine that is perfect for the patio, or a large family gathering. This drinks very easy, flavours are subtle and it is very food friendly. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Viognier. It gets muted characteristics from each grape in the bottle. There are flavours of apple and melon with a nice soft floral quality to this….

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Chateau des Charmes for Spring

Chateau des Charmes for Spring

2014 Gamay Noir – LCBO 57349 – $13.95 – ****+ – In a recent social media post I called this “liquid awesome”. The nose is inviting with red and dark cherry with a subtle earthiness. The nose on this wine feels a little heavier than when it hits your mouth. When this wine hits your mouth it is light and delicate with lots of ripe cherry flavours. This wine is dangerously smooth with nice acidity….

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April 15 – 2013 Chateau des Charmes Old Vines Riesling – 2014 Culmina R&D Blend

April 15 – 2013 Chateau des Charmes Old Vines Riesling – 2014 Culmina R&D Blend

2013 Chateau Des Charmes Old Vines Riesling – Vintages 277228 – $16.95 – ****1/2 – When I took my first sniff of this wine it felt like there was a battle taking place in my nose. Mineral? Peach? Lemon? all of these aromas were trying to get out in front but they all just mesh together perfectly. The flavours on this wine seem to wrap Peach, Lemon, and Lime in a mineral coating. The wine…

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Cuvée 2016

Cuvée 2016

The Cuvée Grand Tasting 2016 took place March 5th at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. Every year I set out with the goal of tasting every wine at the event and every year I fall short. This year there were 48 wines in attendance. This year was also interesting because we are starting to see the warm vintage red wines from 2012 fade into the rear view mirror and we are really starting to see what…

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