2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – 2016 Wildass Rosé

2015 Vieni Gamay Noir – Vintages 498519 – $17.95 – ****½ – The intensity of everything in this wine will make you want to stand up and applaud it. The nose is rich black cherry and climbs out of the glass with such concentration it feels like an invasion of the senses. The concentration of fruit flavours in the glass feels like great cru Beaujolais. This finishes with nicely balanced acidity and a hint of…

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Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – 2013 Wildass Red

Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – 2013 Wildass Red

Vieni Momenti Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé – Vintages 486357 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The bottle says extra dry, but you will be doing a double take when you take your first nose of the wine in your glass. This smells like candied strawberry, and cherry – Everything about the aroma of this wine screams sweet and light. This is clearly designed to be enjoyed on a patio in the summer… and then you take…

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2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Blend Double Noir – 2015 Wildass Riesling

2015 Wildass Riesling – Vintages 129700 – $16.95 – ***½+ – The Wildass label continues to be one of my favorite on the shelf of the LCBO. This is the second label from Stratus, and as with the wines under the “premium” label (I use this word reluctantly) the bar is set very high. There is a perfect harmony of lime and mineral notes on the nose and on the palate. This is off-dry and…

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2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – 2012 Stratus Red

2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 68015 – $16.00 – ***½+ – As far as unoaked Chardonnay from Ontario goes there is something a little magical about this wine. The nose is bright, fresh and clean with lemon and lime notes and a potent mineral note that sails over the fruit and pulls this wine together like the rug in the room of the Big Lebowski. This sits on the palate with a near-creaminess……

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Stratus Wines for the Holidays

Stratus Wines for the Holidays

2014 Wildass Merlot – Vintages 376822 – $18.95 – ****+ – Beautifully ripe and juicy red fruit climb out of the glass. This is outstanding Ontario Merlot at any price. The Wildass wines from Stratus set the bar for “entry level” wines in the province. The price of this wine creates a dilemma… Do you save a few bottles in the cellar or do you drink them right now? To be honest, while this may…

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Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

Nov 25 – 2013 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Riesling – 2012 Stratus Petit Verdot

2012 Stratus Petit Verdot – Vintages 142638 – $38.20 – ****+ – We could call this wine fruit galore. There are aromas of Raspberry, Plum, Strawberry and Blackberry with flavours to match. This wine is approachable now, but will do better with 3 years in a cellar and it will hold on for a decade (or more) if you decide to keep it that long. Petit Verdot isn’t a varietal you see very often in…

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Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

Nov 18 – 2012 Hidden Bench Terroir Caché – 2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc

2015 Wildass Sauvignon Blanc – Vintages 376814 – $18.95 – ****+ – This is a solid Sauv Blanc from Niagara. There is a nice grassy note that runs through the backbone of this wine from start to finish. There is concentrated tropical fruit with rich passion fruit and pineapple on the palate. The tropical fruit lingers on the finish but there is nice acidity to this wine. I will be looking to pair this with…

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2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – 2015 Charles Baker Ivan Vineyard Riesling

2013 Stratus White – $38.00 – ****1/2 – The 2012 version of this wine was one of the most memorable wines I tasted through last year. I opened this bottle with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. Stratus White is the definition of complexity. You can enjoy this wine now without regrets or enjoy having it develop in your cellar over 5-7 years either…

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July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

July 15 – 2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – 2015 Featherstone Rosé

2013 Kabang Gewurztraminer – Vintages 442012 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurztraminer from Niagara is something to get excited about, because I’m not sure how much more of it we’re going to see. The winters in 2013 and 2014 were not kind to the varietal and many wineries that made delicious Gew have already replanted other varietals. So let’s enjoy this wine while we can. The nose is bright tropical fruit and rose petal. This…

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May 6 – 2013 Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay – 2012 Wildass Red

May 6 – 2013 Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay – 2012 Wildass Red

2013 Nk’Mip Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay – Vintages 391813 – $24.95 – ****+ – This is a bold and buttery Chardonnay that just screams warm summer in a glass. Make sure you don’t serve this too cold or the strong oak pressence in the glass will overpower the wine. This is meant to be served a little below room temperature, thirty to sixty minutes in a fridge before serving should do the trick. The nose offers…

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