Ripasso x2

Ripasso x2

2014 Cesari Mara Valpolicella Ripasso – LCBO 506519 – $18.95 – **** – A nice black currant note climbs out of the glass with layers of cocoa mixed in there. For a bottle that comes from the general list there is nice structure and a bit of dustiness that takes a minute to blow off when you open the bottle. This is nice, ripe and juicy with red and black fruit. This definitely the overlooked…

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April 22 – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – 2014 The Foreign Affair Enchanted

April 22 – 2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – 2014 The Foreign Affair Enchanted

2010 Henry of Pelham Estate Pinot Noir – Vintages 268391 – $24.95 – **** – Aromas of smoke and cherry rise out of the glass. This Pinot definitely has a dark side to it. Less fruity and more earthy while the wine settles on your palate but it blooms in your mouth with very nice floral flavours that fill your mouth. The finish on this wine offers up mossy forest floor and mushroom. This is…

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March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

March 5 – 2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – 2011 Ridgepoint Ripasso Merlot

2012 Henry of Pelham Family Tree White – Vintages 251116 – $17.95 – **** – (Tasted Feb 19, 2016) The nose is soft with Vanilla and Passion Fruit. The flavours of this wine are complex and delicious Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Peach, Pear, and Apples with a wonderful texture on the finish. It has been about 6 months since I last tasted this wine and it is holding onto everything that makes it great. While this…

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2013 The Foreign Affair The Conspiracy

2013 The Foreign Affair The Conspiracy

2013 The Foreign Affair The Conspiracy – Vintages 149237 – $19.95 – **** – This is a very good follow up to the 2012 vintage. Roasted herb with ripe strawberry and raspberry on the nose.  The flavours in this wine are Strawberry, Raspberry and black plum with a nice hint of cocoa on the finish.  The herbacious notes on the nose let you know there is Cab Franc in the bottle.  All the fruit flavours…

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Wine Review November 14 – 2013 The Foreign Affair Enchanted – 2012 Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir

2013 Enchanted served with Polish Sausage, Saurkraut, Potato Pancakes and all the fixins. 2013 The Foreign Affair Enchanted – Vintages 389767 – $17.95 – This white blend is the Foreign Affairs answer to the Conspiracy.  Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling work it’s way into this bottle done in a ripasso style.  The wine was passed over the appassimento Riesling.  The nose has a faint floral quality moving to grapefruit and a slight herbaciousness.  The flavours in…

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Eye on Cornerstone – Wine from Wychwood Barns

I have been checking out the farmers markets to see which wineries have been selling their bottles over the past few weeks.  I have had the opportunity to check out great wines from Stanners and Southbrook.  This past week I had a chance to check out the wines from Cornerstone, to say I was impressed would be an understatement.  I ended up leaving with a great bottle of Cabernet Franc.  2011 Cornerstone Cabernet Franc –…

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Cuvée 2014 – We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat!

Last year was the first time I had a chance to attend the Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala and I decided then and there it was something worth marking the calendar for.  After a format change last year where the event went from an award ceremony to each winery bringing their “favorite” wine to pour at the event it has swelled from 40 wineries in 2013 to more than 50 in 2014!  It is physically impossible…

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Wine Review February 22, 2014 – 2012 The Foreign Affair the Conspiracy – 2011 Small Talk Faux Pas

2012 The Foreign Affair The Conspiracy – Vintages 149237 – $19.95 – This is a very big, intense red wine that needs some decanting to take the edge off.  Snatch this bottle up because this is your sitting by the fireplace sipping rare roast beef eating wine.  Made in the ripasso method which lets some of the grapes dry out before pressing you get a wine that has lots of very dark flavours of Cocoa…

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