Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

I recently had a chance to speak with Barb DiGiulio of Newstalk 1010 about evidence of some very old wine being made. I confessed that old wines don’t really do it for me. I’ll admit that I find it interesting seeing how wines evolve and change with time. These are key words though – wines don’t necessarily improve with time, they evolve. So, when I had an opportunity to taste through the 1998 wines from…

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August 1 – 2013 Lailey Merlot – 2014 Vineland Elevation St Urban Riesling

August 1 – 2013 Lailey Merlot – 2014 Vineland Elevation St Urban Riesling

2013 Lailey Merlot – Vintages 591396 – $24.95 – **** – The nose is jammy dark fruit with plum, blackberry and currant. I still maintain that I am a Merlot doubter… but when it’s done right it is very good. The flavours are Blackberry, Black Currant and Raspberry with hints of smokiness. There is vibrant acidity on the finish that should settle down with a little bit of age on the wine so you should…

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2013 Lailey Syrah (June 2015)

2013 Lailey Syrah (June 2015)

The weekend I was in Niagara tasting this wine it wasn’t supposed to be Syrah weekend but I was tasting with my friend Julian who loves it. I tasted Syrah at Marynissen, Lailey and Leaning Post (review next week). Needless to say I came home after eating my words that were washed down with delicious Syrah. 2013 Syrah – $30 – Winery Only – **** – The fruit on the nose is jammy and very…

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May 30 – 2013 Lailey Unoaked Chardonnay – 2013 Raven’s Roost Pinot Noir

May 30 – 2013 Lailey Unoaked Chardonnay – 2013 Raven’s Roost Pinot Noir

2013 Lailey Unoaked Chardonnay – Vintages 299776 – $14.95 – ****+ – Who said unoaked Chardonnay is boring? This offering from Lailey is excellent with a nice creamy texture on the palate. There are flavours of apple, peach, and melon with beautiful acidity on the finish. Nice light and crisp! This will make a match to chicken burgers, light pasta dishes, and seafood. Lailey is one of my favorite wineries from Niagara and this wine…

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2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc

2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc

2013 Lailey Unfiltered Cabernet Franc – ****+ – (Price TBD) – This is an elegant follow up to big 2012 vintage.  This wine is made from a block of thirty year old vines and is only made in years that winemaker Derek Barnett feels worthy.  There are layers of Raspberry, and Currant with smoke on the finish and to wrap up the whole package nice acidity kicks up the finish.  It’s because of wines like…

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Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal – Unsung Hero?

Vidal is not just for Icewine.  Most people know Vidal for the rich honeyed icewines that are made from the juice of this grape.  When it is vinified into table wine you end up with wines that are bright and crisp.  It holds onto a lot of the floral qualities that you would find in an icewine but you will also find layers of lemon and lime.  Now for the true verdict … are these…

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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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I4C – MAIN EVENT: World Tour Grand Tasting and Dinner

It seems that the rain follows me when I make my way down the QEW for the Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration.  Last year I attended the kickoff barbeque that was hit by major torrential rain.  This year I made sure to check out the Grand Tasting and Dinner held at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.  The Grand Tasting brings winemakers from all over the world into one place where over 100 Chardonnay’s are poured…

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Eye on Red Tractor – Sideroad Twenty

The label may not be familiar but I assure you these are VQA wines.  There is a company called Sideroad Twenty, they carry an impressive portfolio of Ontario wines that can be ordered and shipped right to your door.  They carry wines from Malivoire, Creekside, Lailey, Cooper’s Hawk, Henry of Pelham and a few more.  The thing that really has me hooked about Sideroad is they also have a wine club with several options.  You…

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Wine Review May 17 – Flat Rock Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé 2013 – Lailey Select Late Harvest Vidal 2012

2012 Lailey Select Late Harvest Vidal – Vintages 72918 – $19.95 – I know we tend to think about Icewine in the winter over Christmas and New Years but I prefer saving a bottle of two for spring and summer.  There is nothing better than serving a chilled glass of dessert wine and enjoy on the patio with a sunset.  Late Harvest is the less sweet cousin of Icewine and it’s perfect for the many…

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