Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

Wine Reviews – Megalomaniac

My last trip to Niagara in 2017 included a stop at Megalomaniac. THIS is the visit I have been waiting for as the wines that are currently available at Megalomaniac are the first that have been made start to finish by Winemaker Sebastian Jacquey. The white wines available over the past couple vintages have been exciting, and it has been interesting to see what Sebastian has done with Riesling. But, John Howard has staked his…

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Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

Not Another – Not Another Turkey Post

This is not another turkey column… and it’s not “not another turkey column”. The video posted by Rick VanSickle is still one of my favorite commentaries on what to pair with Turkey. Let’s face it, Rick makes some great points. The most exciting herb or spice that sees most of the turkeys that are being cooked this year is maybe some sage? Or some thyme? Salt and pepper? Your potatoes are seasoned with cream? Salt…

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Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Wine Review – 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – 2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2016 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – Vintages 67587 – $18.95 – **** – There is nice balance to this riesling. There is a kiss of sweetness on the finish, and it’s met with nice acidity. The sweetness is enough to really let macintosh and golden delicious apple soar on the mid palate. A nice mineral note mingles with the apples but disappears on a clean finish. 2015 Karlo Cabernet Franc – Vintages 524389 – $39.00 –…

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Meglomaniac – The Big Kahuna is Here.

Meglomaniac – The Big Kahuna is Here.

2013 Megalomaniac Big Kahuna – $34.95 – ****+ – This is another great example of everything that’s right with Ontario in a typical summer. This wine calls itself the Big Kahuna, but it’s not as brash as the label would suggest. This wine is pure elegance. The aromas are ripe raspberry and blackberry with a whisper of cocoa. The flavours match the nose. The tannin is velvet soft and this wine drinks dangerously easy. This…

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Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

Nov 11 – 2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling

2014 Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Icewine – Vintages 560367 – $ – ***** – This wine is pricey, but the perfect thing to enjoy this winter. The bubbles from this wine help pull the sweet wine off the palate and keep it cleansed and refreshed. That being said this packs concentrated honey and peach flavours on the palate. The aromas are honey, peach, apricot and citrus but comes out of the glass heavy. It is a…

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Sep 16 – Megalomaniac Bubblehead – 2013 Maynissen Merlot

Sep 16 – Megalomaniac Bubblehead – 2013 Maynissen Merlot

Megalomaniac Bubblehead – $29.95 – **** – This wine is NV but it would seem the currant bottles are a little darker pink that I remember. The nose has a bit of funk to it, but there is nice Cherry and Cranberry coming out of the glass. There is a hint of sweetness that tries to take hold of the back of your tongue, but the bright crisp acidity keeps the palate clean and refreshed….

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Megalomaniac (Aug 2016)

Megalomaniac (Aug 2016)

It has been a little while since I visited Megalomaniac. I still maintain that Frank Cabernet is one of the best value wines in the province. I did need to make time to stop by as many of the 2012 wines have been released. It should also be noted that they have a new winemaker in Sebastien Jacquey, who comes to Megalomaniac from Le Clos Jordanne. Bubblehead – $27.95 – **** – This wine is…

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Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

Aug 5 – 2015 Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling – 2013 Fielding Red Conception

2013 Fielding Red Conception – Vintages 189183 – Price $18.95 – ****+ – Once again Fielding brings us a wine that has the ability to sit in a cellar for a few years and maybe improve. But, this is a perfect wine for anyone looking for a premium bottle, but someone who doesn’t have the patience to wait to build a collection. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The…

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June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

June 17 – 2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – 2011 Megalomaniac Vanglorious Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

2015 Featherstone Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 89011 – $17.95 – ****+ – Sauvignon Blanc, along with Pinot Gris, may be the two most underrated varietals in Ontario right now. Aromas of lemon, lime and a bit of grassiness. While the nose is straightforward once the wine hits your mouth this is where things really get interesting. The citrus flavours are definitely dominant with the lemon and lime from the nose taking over. You also find…

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June 3 – 2014 Joie Farm A Noble Blend – 2012 Megalomaniac Big Mouth Merlot

June 3 – 2014 Joie Farm A Noble Blend – 2012 Megalomaniac Big Mouth Merlot

2014 Joie Farm A Noble Blend – Vintages 454793 – $23.95 – **** – There’s a lot in this bottle with a little Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Schonberger. I can’t imaging what it must have been like to reach the final blend with such a large group of varietals to work with. This wine is easy drinking, complex and floral. The aromas are like a bouquet of roses with wild flower…

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