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 – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

Wine Review – 2014 Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Old Vines Pinot Noir – 2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué

2015 Cave Spring Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – ***½+ – A nice mineral note really tells the story in this bottle. The floral note in the Musqué is restrained compared to previous vintages, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This makes it a little easier to pair with food. You will find nice orchard fruit and a citrus note that is swept away with nice palate cleansing acidity and the mineral…

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Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Wine Review – 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Trius Brut Rosé

Trius Brut Rosé – Vintages 184309 – $29.95 – **** – There’s a nice balance between citrus and red fruit on the nose. Nice depth on the palate that really opens up when if you let it sit on your tongue. Food pairings are endless for this wine as it finishes nice and clean. The short story about this rosé is that it’s a great bottle of pink bubbly. 2010 Viewpointe Cabernet Franc – Vintages…

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Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 2012 16 Mile Cellars Rebel Pinot Noir

2016 Reif Estate Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 247825 – $14.95 – **** – In a few words this wine hits way above the price point. The aromas a nice pink grapefruit with tropical fruit that is nicely layered over it. On the palate this opens up with more tropical fruit – guava and passion fruit. There is a nice weight on the mid palate but this finishes with nice palate cleansing acidity. 2012 16 Mile…

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Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

Wine Review – Burger Blend from 13th Street

This pair of wines from the general list of the LCBO are a nice reminder that delicious Ontario wine doesn’t need to be expensive. 2016 13th Street White Burger Blend (Pinot Grigio/Riesling) – LCBO 469304 – $14.95 – ***1/2+ – Simply put, the definition of a patio sipper. This is off-dry and it is met with nice acidity. This does open up with flavours of apple and melon on the mid palate. The acidity doesn’t…

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Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

Winery Visit – Norman Hardie Spring 2017

A spring visit to Norman Hardie is something I always look forward to. The next couple years County Chardonnay and Pinot Noir will be in short supply, but there is nothing to be worried about if you’re a fan of Norm’s wines. The “entry level” bottles have never been better with strong offerings of Riesling, Calcaire and Gamay. The day that I visited Norm’s was in the middle of our very wet spring. The entrance…

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Five Rows – Summer 2017

Five Rows – Summer 2017

I recently made a visit to Five Rows winery for the first time. There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this small winery. The reason is simple, there really isn’t a lot of wine being made here. This winery is the definition of cult following. Winemaker and grape grower Wes Lowrey updates a blog periodically with what is going on at the winery. How this blog differs from many wineries is that it’s not…

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2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling

2014 Chateau Des Charmes Rosé Sparkling – Vintages 78055 – $29.95 – ****+ – The nose offers subtle red fruit over a nice bready note. This is made in the traditional method with two years on lees. The vibrant red fruit is front and center with this bottle of Pinot Noir sparkling. Raspberry, Strawberry, Cherry and a nice layer of citrus bringing up the finish. This wine manages to walk a tightrope between a rich…

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Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

Rosehall Run – Spring 2017

I made a long overdue visit to Rosehall Run in the spring and had the opportunity to see what winemaker Dan Sullivan is working on in the cellar. Some of the most creative winemaking in Ontario is taking place on Greer Road whether it’s at Norman Hardie’s, Casa Dea or Rosehall Run. Dan approaches the winemaking with unbridled enthusiasm and the broad portfolio at this winery offers something for anyone who walks through the door….

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Domaine Queylus – Spring 2017

Domaine Queylus – Spring 2017

In March I made a visit to Domaine Queylus. There’s a good chance you’ve never made a stop by this winery because it’s a little out of the way on Sixteen Road. I had to double check my GPS a few times as I moved further away from the QEW. My visit was the day after Cuvée where winemaker Kelly Mason was pouring 2014 Reserve Chardonnay and 2014 Reserve Pinot Noir which both showed very…

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