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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Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

Feb 27 – 2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – 2013 Peller Estates Private Reserve Gamay Noir

2014 Creekside Estate Marianne Hill Riesling – Vintages 443572 – $19.95 – ***** – Here is your first perfect score of 2016. This wine came out of left field from a winery that is better known for Syrah. The nose offers a nice mineral quality on top of lemon, lime and golden delicious apple. The flavours of this wine are lemon, peach, and apple. A perfect harmony of acidity and sugar. This wine has a…

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2014 Trius Gamay Noir

2014 Trius Gamay Noir

2014 Trius Gamay Noir – $19.95 – ****+ – Winery Only and Wine Shop Locations – This is the first Trius Gamay I have had the chance to taste in recent memory. There is a lot going on in this bottle but I hesitate to use the word complex … because a wine like this isn’t meant to be “sophisticated”. It’s medium bodied and fruity with just the right amount of tannin on the finish…

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July 25 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling – 2012 The Good Earth Gamay Noir

July 25 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling – 2012 The Good Earth Gamay Noir

2012 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling – Vintages 557165 – $17.95 – ****+ – This is a bottle of awesome right here. Off-dry and perfectly balanced with acidity. With the warmer weather this can be a little too easy drinking on a patio on it’s own. The fruit is pear, peach, apple and lemon with nice pronounced mineral notes on the nose and in the glass. For those of you looking to start (or add)…

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July 17 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – 2013 Tawse Gamay

July 17 – 2013 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – 2013 Tawse Gamay

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – Chardonnay under twenty dollars is quickly becoming my favorite price point for Ontario… simply put, because I can afford to drink it.  Cave Spring has given us a very tasty wine that gives us a nice balance between bright fruit flavours and subtle oak. Apples, Peaches and Citrus are layered over Vanilla and Spice on the finish. Great value for your…

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2012 Vieni Gamay Noir

2012 Vieni Gamay Noir

2012 Vieni Gamay Noir – Winery Only – $17.95 – ****+ – This was the gold medal winner at the Ontario Wine Awards.  Coming from the hot 2012 vintage this wine still keeps all the signature qualities of great Gamay.  The flavours are nice concentrated Cherry with hints of pepper on the finish.  There is fantastic balance with acidity on the finish.  This Gamay that reminds me of very good Beaujolais Villages, with nice complexity…

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Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

Cuvée 2015 – is it too early to set my calendar for 2016?

The question you answer for the next few days after Cuvée is “What was your favorite wine?”… Truthfully I can’t answer.  Cuvée is hosted at the Fallsview Casino.  It is one of the events that I look forward to every year.  You take as many wineries as you can fit into the event space and they each bring their favorite wine to pour.  The best part about this is that it is completely subjective and…

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