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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Wine Review – Chardonnay from Flat Rock Cellars

Wine Review – Chardonnay from Flat Rock Cellars

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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Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – Vintages 962886 – $29.95 – **** – When you picture California Chardonnay in your head you’re probably imagining what this wine smells and tastes like. This is a great reflection of the hot 2015 summer with aromas of orange, canned peach and candy corn. The flavours match the aromas with great intensity and fill your entire mouth from cheek to cheek with the rich butterscotch flavour and texture….

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2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2014 Kew Barrel Aged Gamay Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay

2015 Cave Spring Estate Chardonnay – Vintages 256552 – $18.95 – **** – I would love to see this bottle as a vintages essential so I can get it year round. While founder Len Pennachetti will refer to Cave Spring as the house that Riesling built, this winery rounds out the portfolio with strong offerings across all varietals including Chardonnay. The main story with this wine is a nice creamy mouthfeel balanced with great acidity…

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2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2013 Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay – 2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir

2014 Hillier Creek Gamay Noir – Vintages 372839 – $22.95 – **** – This bottle is made with Prince Edward County fruit. Aromas of cherry that goes from ripe red to candied climb out of the glass. Prince Edward County is home to fantastic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but we are heading into the brave new world with other varietals. If this Gamay is any indication the future is bright for the County. The flavours…

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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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