Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Here is a look at a couple bottles of Chardonnay that I can only describe as highly anticipated. Both Back 10 Cellars and Featherstone work with Canadian Oak barrels and have set a benchmark for consistency and quality. Every incarnation of this wine speaks to the vintage from which it was produced. Either way it is worth heading down to Niagara to grab these bottles as I don’t anticipate them being available at the wineries…

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Featherstone – Spring 2017

Featherstone – Spring 2017

2015 Cabernet Franc – $19.95 – ****+ – The Cabernet Franc from Featherstone is always a strong offering and one of my go-to bottles when cooking red meat around the house. The 2015 offering from Featherstone is one of the best vintages in recent memory. Beautiful aromas or raspberry and blackberry climb out of the glass with beautiful concentration. If there is any doubt about the strength of Cabernet Franc in this province you need…

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2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2013 Rockway Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot – 2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling

2016 Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling – Vintages 80234 – $16.95 – ****½ – This is a benchmark wine for Riesling in Niagara. When I’m talking about quality and value this is a flagship for the province and a perfect way to either build or bolster a cellar. The concentration of fruit climbing out of the glass is … satisfying. If you close your eyes when you take your first sniff of the wine in your…

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2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay

2015 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – $21.95 – ****+ – The nose hits your immediately with the signature funk letting you know that this is an indigenous ferment but it quickly makes way to vanilla, citrus and golden delicious apple. The balance to this wine is outstanding with nice weight on the palate and a creamy texture that is met with nice acidity. Flavours of butterscotch and baking spice are met with apple and orange….

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2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé

I am shameless in professing my love for the sparkling wine from Featherstone. Both the Rosé and the Blanc de Blanc are something to be excited about. This 2015 bottle of bubbles doesn’t spend as much time on lees, but the fruit is just so fresh and tasty in this bottle. 2015 Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Rosé – $29.95 – ****+ – There is something vibrant and fresh about this wine. There is an exuberance…

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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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Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay – 2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

Sep 23 – 2014 Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay –  2013 Foreign Affair Apologetic Red

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages 149302 – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – Vintages 442012 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Niagara is something to get excited about, because I’m not sure how much more of it we’re going to see. The winters in 2013 and 2014 were not kind to the varietal and many wineries that made delicious Gew have already replanted other varietals. So let’s enjoy this wine while we can. The nose is bright tropical fruit and rose petal. This…

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Featherstone for Summer

Featherstone for Summer

2014 Canadian Oak Chardonnay – Vintages TBD – $21.95 – ****1/2 – The nose is rich and complex there is Pineapple, Peach, Vanilla and a hint of something funky. It really doesn’t get more local than this wine. The barrel is made with Canadian Oak and the grapes are fermented with indigenous yeasts. It would seem that with the past few vintages this wine pushes the bar a little bit higher. It’s perfectly balanced in…

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July 2 – 2015 Featherstone Four Feathers – 2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc

July 2 – 2015 Featherstone Four Feathers – 2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc

2012 Tawse Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc – Vintages 130997 – $31.95 – ****1/2 – This wine poses a problem to anyone building a collection. The problem is this wine is drinking great right now, and while this isn’t “everyday drinking” wine at just north of thirty dollars it’s definitely “I need to impress someone tonight” wine and those occasions arise with more frequency. The tannin is silky smooth but I anticipate this wine has another…

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