Wine Reviews - Rosewood

Wine Reviews - Rosewood

One of my last winery visits of 2017 was a stop at Rosewood Estates. Winemaker Ryan Corrigan has taken the helm from Ross Wise. Both are very good winemakers but dramatically different in style. Ryan joins Rosewood from Pearl Morissette, which leads me to ask the question – how much of the Pearl Morissette influence will work its way into the winemaking? Ryan took us to the production side and I had the opportunity to…

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Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2013 Redstone Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2016 13th Street Gamay Noir – 2013 Redstone Chardonnay

2013 Redstone Chardonnay – Vintages 511428 – $25.70 – ****+ – Fantastic Chardonnay at the price from anywhere. Nice aromas of apple and peach with a bit of spice mixed in. On the palate is nice concentration of fruit and vanilla and spice to round out the package. On the finish a nice mineral note pokes through the fruit and spice and keeps this light. This is one of those wines that you’re not likely…

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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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Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

Wine Review – Henry of Pelham for Winter

2016 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay – Vintages 616466 – $29.95 – ****+ – This is one of the first wines I have had an opportunity to sample what the very warm 2016 summer has to offer from Niagara, and I was not disappointed. Aromas of vanilla and butterscotch layered over peach, apple and roasted pineapple. This opens up on the palate with nice concentration and depth that follows through on what the…

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Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes for Christmas

Wine Review – Chateau des Charmes for Christmas

2016 Chateau des Charmes Barrel Fermented Chardonnay – LCBO 81653 – $14.95 – **** – This wine continues to over-deliver on price and lead the way for what is possible for entry level Chardonnay from Ontario. The wines that take place in the general list are extremely important – these wines need to be good enough to convince people to head to the vintages section to spend a few more dollars. If this is what…

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Wine Review- 2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay

Wine Review- 2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay

2015 Trail Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay – $32.00 – ****+ – This Chardonnay is truly a show stopper, but not for the faint of heart. There is a little more Oak in this bottle than what we have come to expect from wineries in Ontario but it’s still well integrated. While the smoke and spice are front and centre it still leaves plenty of room for the orchard fruit from the nose to poke through. On…

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Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Wine Review – Chardonnay from Back 10 and Featherstone

Here is a look at a couple bottles of Chardonnay that I can only describe as highly anticipated. Both Back 10 Cellars and Featherstone work with Canadian Oak barrels and have set a benchmark for consistency and quality. Every incarnation of this wine speaks to the vintage from which it was produced. Either way it is worth heading down to Niagara to grab these bottles as I don’t anticipate them being available at the wineries…

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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 – Meldville 2nd Edition

Wine Review – Meldville 2nd Edition

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Derek Barnett to taste through some of the new wines coming out from Meldville. I was very pleased to find that the portfolio has grown by a few bottles since inception. The red wines are something to truly enjoy but the highlights are still in the white wines. The best part is that every bottle in the portfolio is less than thirty dollars. It's Tuesday. Let's…

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Wine Review – 2015 Malivoire Courtney Gamay – 2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2015 Malivoire Courtney Gamay – 2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay

2014 Flat Rock the Rusty Shed Chardonnay – Vintages 1552 – $26.95 – ****½ – This is awesome! When you put your first sip in your mouth it goes from cream corn, to pineapple, to vanilla, to orange, to peach – the depth to this wine is outstanding. What’s great is also a very nice concentration of flavours. Great acidity to this bottle keeps it from sitting too heavy on the palate and keeps it…

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