Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

Wine Review – 2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir Droit

2016 Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling – Vintages 38117 – $19.95 – ****+ – This continues to be a show-stopper and benchmark for quality and price in the province. This brings perfect balance with acidity but the sweetness on the palate brings an army of fruit to this bottle. You can expect to find lime, macintosh apple, and peach. If you open this today, you can do so without regret and let the…

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Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes for Christmas

Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes for Christmas

2016 Chateau des Charmes Barrel Fermented Chardonnay – LCBO 81653 – $14.95 – **** – This wine continues to over-deliver on price and lead the way for what is possible for entry level Chardonnay from Ontario. The wines that take place in the general list are extremely important – these wines need to be good enough to convince people to head to the vintages section to spend a few more dollars. If this is what…

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Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes

Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes

2016 Chateau des Charmes Aligoté – LCBO 296848 – $15.95 – **** – There is something a little floral and very mineral on the nose of this wine. Refreshing with apple and peach flavours on the mid palate with nice intensity. The mineral note goes through from start to finish and keeps your palate begging for the next sip. 2014 Old Vines Riesling – LCBO 277228 – $18.95 – ****+ – This wine checks every…

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2027 Cellars Wismer Fox Croft Block Riesling – 2014 Chateau des Charmes St David’s Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

2027 Cellars Wismer Fox Croft Block Riesling – 2014 Chateau des Charmes St David’s Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 2027 Cellars Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Riesling – Vintages 225490 – $22.95 – ****½ – The wines from 2027 Cellars are something to anticipate. The virtual winery doesn’t have a retail shop to visit so we should covet these wines when they make it to the shelf. I also don’t expect this wine to stick around for very long. The aromas are citrus with nice intense orchard fruit. This wine shifts to nice…

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2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling – Vintages 78055 – $29.95 – ****+ – The nose offers subtle red fruit over a nice bready note. This is made in the traditional method with two years on lees. The vibrant red fruit is front and center with this bottle of Pinot Noir sparkling. Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry and a nice layer of citrus bringing up the finish. This wine manages to walk a tightrope between a rich…

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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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