Wine Review – 2015 Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer

Wine Review – 2015 Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer

2016 Fielding Gewurztraminer – Vintages 146753 – $19.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Ontario is something worth seeking out. It doesn’t have the weight or texture of Alsatian bottles, but it’s not trying to be Alsace. The lighter texture on the mid-palate make this easier to pair with food. Aromas and flavours are textbook tropical and rose, with a nice sweetness that amplifies the lychee note. The acidity on this wine is balanced but the…

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Wine Reviews – 2014 Pinot Noir from 16 Mile

Wine Reviews – 2014 Pinot Noir from 16 Mile

Here are a pair of bottles from 16 Mile Winery that mark the first time they are using estate fruit. As you can see there is definitely something worth checking out here. 2014 16 Mile Rebel Pinot Noir – Winery Only – $22.95 – ****+ – The short note on this wine is that it’s the new benchmark for value Pinot Noir in the province. Everything in this wine is just harmonious from ripe fruit…

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Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

Wine Review – Old Wines from Southbrook

I recently had a chance to speak with Barb DiGiulio of Newstalk 1010 about evidence of some very old wine being made. I confessed that old wines don’t really do it for me. I’ll admit that I find it interesting seeing how wines evolve and change with time. These are key words though – wines don’t necessarily improve with time, they evolve. So, when I had an opportunity to taste through the 1998 wines from…

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Wine Review – Rosehall Run Sparkling Duo

Wine Review – Rosehall Run Sparkling Duo

It has been a very exciting couple of years for bubbles from Prince Edward County. This year Hinterland released a new “top end” sparkling called Sacrament. Down in the south of the County stopping by Lighthall is essential when Culmination, a fantastic Blanc de Blancs is available. How could you forget stopping by Huff Estates and grabbing a bottle of the Peter F Huff Cuvée or the Rosé Cuvée Janine. The sparkling game is strong…

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Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

Wine Review – 2013 Westcott Estate Pinot Noir – 2015 Hidden Bench Riesling

2015 Hidden Bench Riesling – Vintages 183491 – $23.95 – **** – There’s something about Riesling and this time of year. I just enjoy putting it on the table next to roast chicken, paprikash, even Coq au Vin can get a nice counterpoint to it. This is bone dry with nice orchard fruit that soars over bright acidity. This is a perfect example of balanced Riesling and offers great value. Something to enjoy now or…

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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 – 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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