Wine Review – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir

2016 Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir – LCBO 57349 – $15.95 – ****+ – One thing about the Chateau des Charmes Gamay is that every vintage it’s going to offer something fantastic. This is a little more savory than past vintages with a very strong pepper note that goes from nose to finish. Don’t get me wrong, you will still find your ripe cherries and blackberry buried under the spice but the smoke and pepper…

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Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

Wine Reviews – Taking a New Look at 13th Street Winery

13th Street has recently finished building a new addition to their facility. I was shocked to see how quickly the new addition had been built. I usually make a few pilgrimages to the barn to grab some buttertarts or stock up on Saskatoon jam (one of the few places in the province that regularly has it) so it looks like I need to start making my visits more often. That being said the building isn’t…

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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 – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – 2014 13th Street Sandstone Vineyard Gamay Noir

2016 Rosewood Sussreserve Riesling – Vintages 258806 – $15.95 – **** – Well this is something different – a little more serious – a little more complex. I have long used the Sussreserve as a go-to when talking about Ontario Riesling, it was straight-forward and easy drinking. It would seem that the 2016 didn’t get the memo. What we have is something that has nice depth and complexity that previous vintages didn’t bring to the…

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Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay – Vintages 172338 – $24.95 – **** – The short note – this is the best Triomphe Chardonnay that I can remember. The long – Aromas are spicy and layered over apples and peach. This wine opens up on the palate with nice weight and texture. Flavours match the nose but an added floral note makes this wine remarkably complex especially for the price. You can expect to find this wine…

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Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

This pair of wines from the general list of the LCBO are a nice reminder that delicious Ontario wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 2016 13th Street White Burger Blend (Pinot Grigio/Riesling) – LCBO 469304 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – Simply put, the definition of a patio sipper. This is off-dry and it is met with nice acidity. This does open up with flavours of apple and melon on the mid palate. The acidity doesn’t…

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2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – Vintages 498519 – $17.95 – ****½ – The intensity of everything in this wine will make you want to stand up and applaud it. The nose is rich black cherry and climbs out of the glass with such concentration it feels like an invasion of the senses. The concentration of fruit flavours in the glass feels like great cru Beaujolais. This finishes with nicely balanced acidity and a hint of…

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2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Wildass Riesling – Vintages 129700 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The Wildass label continues to be one of my favorite on the shelf of the LCBO. This is the second label from Stratus, and as with the wines under the “premium” label (I use this word reluctantly) the bar is set very high. There is a perfect harmony of lime and mineral notes on the nose and on the palate. This is off-dry and…

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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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Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Dominique Piron – Now in Ontario!

Recently I posted my thoughts on the fantastic Beaujolais producer Dominique Piron. I also mentioned that the wines are not available in Canada. It turns out, I was wrong. While I still wish that these bottles were available at the LCBO the people at Lifford (LINK) have brought in a couple of fantastic bottles from the producer. per the comment below, I have been corrected, and reminded that Dominique Piron has been available in BC…

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