Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve

2014 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – Vintages 331603 – $22.95 – **** – There is a lot of fruit in this bottle, and frankly, this is what you should expect from California during the very hot and dry 2014 summer. In spite of the concentration of fruit flavours there is definitely some restraint and care taken in how this wine was put together. Aromas are cassis, strawberry, blackberry, plum, hints of black licorice and…

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2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay

2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay

2014 Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay – Vintages 302083 – $24.95 – **** – This vintages essential continues to be a staple in my home when I am looking to show off great Chardonnay from Ontario. The nose is bright golden delicious and granny smith apple and a nice citrus note. The flavours match the nose and this wine sits a little lighter on the palate than the 2013 vintage. The use of oak is well integrated…

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Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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Creekside – Spring 2017

Creekside – Spring 2017

I stopped by Creekside as one of my first winery visits for 2017. It has been a while since i’ve stopped but the recent releases making their way to Toronto through Vintages have been fantastic. Needless to say there is a lot to look forward to available from Creekside. From a winery that has a reputation for their Syrah there is certainly a lot more to this place than Syrah these days. 2015 Marianne Riesling…

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2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – 2015 Fielding Red Conception

2015 Flat Rock Chardonnay – Vintages 286278 – $18.95 – ****+ – Every vintage the Chardonnay from Flat Rock offers something to open with anticipation. The nose offers vanilla, orange and an apple note. There is a slight creaminess on the mid palate and balanced with nice acidity. The fruit really pushes into tropical territory with pineapple and tangerine. Coming in under twenty dollars this is one of the best value bottles from Ontario in…

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La Crema – Spring 2017

La Crema – Spring 2017

2015 La Crema Monterey Chardonnay – **** – This offers up a solid textbook California Chardonnay – this won’t be for everyone but If you’re looking for buttered popcorn, and pineapple this is your way in. The flavours are nice and concentrated and the creamy mouthfeel feels as though it will never leave your mouth. That being said even though this opens in your mouth with the intensity of a firework there is still some…

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Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

Icellars – The New Winery On The Block

I visited Icellars recently and had a chance to meet Adnan and Elif the proprietors of their eponymous winery. The production is very small and the facility is a little unassuming on a stretch of road just up the road from Coyote’s Run. When you walk into the winery you will be greeted at the door by Simba, the golden retriever as he invites you into the facility. The tasting room is a corner of…

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Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

Konzelmann – Chardonnay and Baco Noir

2015 Konzelmann Estate Winery Baco Noir – $12.15 – ***1/2 – I have recently been critical of Baco Noir with my podcast partner Michael Pinkus. For Baco producers that are not Henry of Pelham the bar needs to be raised. Konzelmann have done a great job pushing the envelope with this bottle. The fruit is juicy on the nose and on the palate with blackberry and cherry. The finish is nice acidity to keep this…

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Chateau des Charmes for Spring

Chateau des Charmes for Spring

2015 Chateau des Charmes Cabernet Franc – **** – This was tasted in early February 2017, I need to point this out because when I opened this bottle the tannin was firm and grippy the whole way down. I don’t expect this to last for too long, but for a bottle from the general list this will be essential drinking as long as it’s on the shelf. The end of the growing season for 2015…

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2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2012 Redstone Reserve Cabernet Franc – 2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White

2013 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – ****+ – Simply put, I love this wine. There is a nice acid backbone to this bottle that keeps it food friendly. This is a blend of viognier, gewurztraminer, chardonnay and chardonnay musqué. There should be no surprise that aromas of white flower climb out of the glass and dance lightly with peach, pear, pineapple and pushes up to passion fruit. There…

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