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 – Pinot from Oregon and California

Wine Review – Pinot from Oregon and California

From Family Wine Merchants there is a pair of exceptional Pinot Noirs from the United States available later this month. I am generally leery of Californian Pinot Noir – let’s face it, the style is usually overcooked and drinks more like Cabernet – but I am finding more bottles that seem to hold onto their acidity. It’s a pleasure to see the Domaine Drouhin hitting the shelves after seeing the entry level bottles from this…

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Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Wine Review – Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling  – 2013 Henry of Pelham Estate Riesling

Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut Sparkling – Vintages 206326 – $30.95 – **** – This is the second visit to vintages for 2017 and I’m excited to see this hitting the shelf heading into fall. The price has crept up by a couple dollars but this is still outstanding value. There’s a nice bready note that climbs out of the glass. Granny Smith Apple and Lime follow the yeasty notes. When you take your first…

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Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir

Wine Review – 2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir

2016 Norman Hardie Niagara Pinot Noir – $45.00 – ****½ – 2016 was a very hot vintage. A lot of wine glasses are waiting in anticipation for great Ontario Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon… but what does this mean for us Pinot lovers? Regardless of vintage Norm manages to deliver beautifully complex wines. The aromas are deeply floral with a nice earthiness layered over black cherry. The palate is beautifully concentrated with nice cherry and…

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Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Review – 2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2015 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – Vintages 719435 – $29.95 – **** – This brings a signature of California on the nose and on the palate. However, this does retain a nice acidity that keeps this from being a little too heavy and overbearing. The flavours are dark cherry, plum, blackberry and there is a nice spice and licorice note… In short this is a complex wine. I certainly wouldn’t call 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 – 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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