Wine Review – 2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

Wine Review –  2013 Wildass Red – 2015 Flat Rock Unplugged Chardonnay

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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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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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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Kacaba – Wines for the Summer

Kacaba – Wines for the Summer

2015 Effervescence – $29.95 – **** – It’s great to see Kacaba include a sparkling wine in the portfolio. The aromas on this wine are very strong green apple with a bit of lime zest. The flavours on this wine very much match the nose but bring a nice layer of minerality on the mid palate through the finish. This is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. It was made using Charmat method…

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April 1 – 2014 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Pinot Noir

April 1 – 2014 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – 2013 Coyote’s Run Red Paw Pinot Noir

2014 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué – Vintages 246579 – $16.95 – **** – Chardonnay Musqué is something special that you don’t see very often. It’s light and crisp with apple and citrus notes. This wine has everything you expect from an Ontario Chardonnay but there is this floral quality that just pokes it’s way through. This wine has a nice creamy texture on the mid palate and the finish is bright, crisp and…

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Flat Rock Cellars (Feb 2016)

Flat Rock Cellars (Feb 2016)

Flat Rock has some great new wines hitting the shelves over the next few months. 2014 Unplugged Chardonnay – Vintages 068015 (Feb 20, 2016 Release) – $16.95 – ****+ – Who says Unoaked Chardonnay is boring? This wine brings bright Orange, Lemon and Apple on the nose. When you taste this wine the bright flavours match the nose but thanks to lees contact there is a slight creamy texture on the mid palate that helps…

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January 9 – 2014 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – 2012 Rockway Vineyards Small Lot Block 11-140 Cabernet Franc

January 9 – 2014 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – 2012 Rockway Vineyards Small Lot Block 11-140 Cabernet Franc

2014 Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay – Vintages 164491 – $14.95 – **** – The moment I am writing this review we are getting a taste of Winter. I think it’s appropriate to pour this wine as a taste of Summer. Aromas and flavours of Apple, Peach and Melon. This is straightforward and uncomplicated with nice acidity. Bright crisp acidity on the finish makes this a great match to Roast Chicken or Seafood. 2012 Rockway Vineyards Small Lot…

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Pondview Lot 74

Pondview Lot 74

Both of these wines are approachable and easy drinking. Made to pair with food and unpretentious. I realize I have been saying this a lot lately but not all wines are meant for the cellar sometimes you just want something crowd pleasing and affordable. Lot 74 fits the bill. 2014 Pondview Lot 74 Cabernet Merlot – LCBO 336495 – $14.95 – ***1/2 – The nose is bright and fruity with Raspberry, Strawberry and Cherry pie. Flavours…

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Flat Rock – New Wines that Kick Ass!

Flat Rock – New Wines that Kick Ass!

I have just finished tasting through some of the new wines from Flat Rock that will be hitting the shelves of Vintages in the near future. Seriously though, these are wines we should all be excited about. We have spend so much time talking about 2010 and 2012 as hot summers and the quality of the Bordeaux style wines that Ontario has produced that I think we have forgotten that in the more typical summers…

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Kacaba Summer Wines

Kacaba Summer Wines

2014 Jennifer’s Pinot Gris – Winery Only – $17.95 – ****1/2 – Let’s face it, Pinot Gris is generally boring, inoffensive and tasteless.  This wine from Kacaba is anything but.  Your eyes don’t deceive you, this has a beautiful pink hue to it.  Subtle flavours of apple, peach are layered over cranberry, strawberry with nice grapefruit notes to round out the package.  Perfectly balanced and very dry.  There is so much going on in the glass…

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