Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2011 mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely bold fruit, apple, pear and some nice vanilla and butterscotch. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice oak and a hint of pepper/spice notes. I would give the wine an 89 or so. A lovely smooth well made chards. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available by the 12 bottle case from Trialto for $37.95 a bottle.

From the winery’s web site:
Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Bight gold in colour with aromas of lemon, pineapple & fresh vanilla pods. Flavours of yellow apple & grapefruit are followed by subtle notes of tropical fruits & butterscotch. A richly textured Chardonnay with balanced acidity & a lingering story on the finish.

Winemaker Notes
Our 2011 Reserve Chardonnay was fermented in 100% new French oak barrels for 6 months. A blend of Bel Aire & Saury barriques were used. Barrel rolling was used to incorporate the lees into the flavour profile to bring the nutty characteristics forward. Barrels were rolled weekly for three months. The result is a rich, fruit forward, well-balanced wine with lovely hints of nuttiness

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2011 Pilliteri Viognier

Pale in color with a bright floral nose typical of a Viognier. On the mid palate the wine displays floral notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some nice citrus notes. I was suprised how good this was, I often am not fond of Viogniers. This one is good. Should be pretty food freindly too. I would give it an 88 or so. Not in the LCBO but $20.20 at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
Rich aromas of fresh peaches, buttered toast, vanilla bean and orange blossoms on the nose. This medium-bodied wine is well integrated and has a bright acidity. Once you dive into the glass, notes of honeydew melon and baking spices dominate the palate. Sourced from 20+ year old vines located on the Winery property, the grapes produced a richly flavoured Viognier similar to those found in the Rhone Valley in France.

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2013 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose of pear/apple. On the mid palate this wine displays pear/apple to match the nose. This is definitely more of a fruit forward Chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild vanilla and butterscotch. This to me is watery, fruity wine. Not to my personal tastes. I would give it an 87-88.

From the LCBO web site:
Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay — LCBO#: 318741
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Bright yellow colour; rich pineapple and banana with vanilla aromas; full-bodied, creamy and lush with pineapple fruit, baked applet and buttery, vanilla/nut flavours $12.95

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Ballast Stone Windjammer Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the displays some lovely rich black berries to match the nose. Not quite blueberry but close. On the medium length finish the wine displays bright acidity, strong pepper and spice notes along with some nice tannins. This is a big and bold shiraz. Yummy. I would give it an 89-90. Grab it while you can! A classic Aussie shiraz. Did I mention Yumm?

From the LCBO web site:
Ballast Stone Windjammer Shiraz 2012 — VINTAGES#: 167064
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Australia’s 2012 vintage has elicited much excitement, with many, such as wine critic James Halliday, suggesting that it stands as the best vintage in 20 years. This example offers ripe cherry, blackberry, cassis and meaty notes on the nose. Elegantly styled with good flavour intensity and vibrancy. Generous rich fruit framed by structured tannins. A great barbecue wine from a great vintage. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2014) $21.95
Release Date:June 13, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 15.0% Made in: South Australia, Australia By:Ballast Stone Estate Winery Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2014 mini review

Pale in color with lovely nose of minerality and stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus, and lime notes backed by some firm and lively acidity. The wine builds nicely in the mouth. The finish is medium in length leaving some nice citrus to linger. This is a lovely wine, and is quit complex. I would give it an 88-89. Not available in the LCBO but available by the 12 bottle case from Trialto for $21.95.

From the winery’s web site:
Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2014
Tasting Notes: Pale lemon in colour, our Pinot Gris boasts aromas of stone fruit, white peaches, and soft jasmine. Pineapple and lemon zest excite the palate offering balanced acidity and enticing minerality. Apricot and nectarine linger on the finish. Truly the best representation of the Okanagan in your wine glass.

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2014 Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes along with a hint of honeysuckle. There’s a bit of sweetness to the wine. Of the sauv blancs I have tried this is not a great one even given the price. I would give it an 87-88. If I had more I would take it back.

from the LBCO web site:
Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 241810
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale straw colour; aromas and flavours include grapefruit, lemon/lime, gooseberry and capsicum notes; dry, medium body, crisp $15.95.

Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough; New Zealand By: Tiki Wines Ltd.Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful

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Poplar Grove Merlot 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful rich plum. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and lingering dryness. This is a well made Merlot displays lots of complexity and finesse. I would give it an 89-90. Yumm. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available in cases of 12 from Trialto for $34.95. The 2009 is in the LCBO but I have not had it yet.

From the winery’s web site:
Poplar Grove Merlot 2011
Tasting Notes
Deep maroon in colour, our 2011 vintage erupts with a bouquet of plum, and leather on the nose. The twenty one months in 100% French oak lends a soft coffee and mocha flavour profile to this wine. The long lingering finish is abundant with dates, black cherry, and black licorice. The perfect companion to red meat and rich tomato pasta dishes.

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Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with blueberry coming through very nicely. Big and bold this is a lovely wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, tannins and a hint of pepper and spice. I would give this wine an 89-90. Very nice

From the LCBO web site:
Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2012 — VINTAGES#: 607812
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Barrel selection from Robertson single-vineyard; spice & violet-perfumed 2012 exudes confidence, is plush & polished, with better integrated tannins than 2011. Outstanding. Score – 4 1/2 Stars out of 5. (Cathy van Zyl, MW, Platter’s South African Wine Guide, 2015) $24.95
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2013 Duckhorn Decoy Cab sauv

We stopped by the Keg and this one was on their by the bottle list so we grabbed it. Dark in color with a nice subtle nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some very nice smooth red cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displayed some nice tannins and dryness. This is a nice cab with some nice complexity. We paired it with Keg steaks of course and it went very well. I would give it an 89-90. Sadly not in the LCBO but available from Rogers for $34.95 a bottle by the case. The Keg charged $60 a bottle so the markup was not that bad.

By the way, you can find the distributor for a given winery in Ontario on the Drinks Ontario web site.

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Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2013

The usual garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a nice smooth light red berry flavor to match the nose along with some rustic notes that build nicely in the mouth. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, nice dryness and a hint of pepper. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice. A star from the New Zealand wine fair this year!

From the LCBO web site:
Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2013 — VINTAGES#: 309583
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The aromas here are quite inviting, suggesting ripe, dark fruit and rich vanilla. Bright acidity lifts things an octave or two on the palate, with lovely red fruit flavours taking the lead. There’s very nice balance to the wine, and good purity. Nicely done. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2014) $22.95

Release Date:May 2, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Central Otago, New Zealand By:Elephant Hill Estate & Winery Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity
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Forest 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich fruit backed by some nice tannins and a hint of pepper with a medium length finish. A very nice Pinot. I would give it an 88+. Sadly not in the LCBO $26.95 a bottle

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pale in color with a nice smooth green grassy nose along with some citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice smooth citrus notes, some pink grapefruit along with some grassy under tones. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity. It’s a smooth well made sauv blanc. Not as edgy as some but quite nice. It gets even better as it warms up. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014 —VINTAGES#: 974717Casas del Bosque
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Casas del Bosque makes some of the most pungent, expressive Sauvignon Blancs in Chile. This vintage fits the blueprint; it’s forward, punchy and full of passion fruit, white grapefruit and tarragon on both the bouquet and palate. Shows mineral components, saline and scallion on the finish. A high-quality wine with a commensurate price tag. Score – 90. (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 2012) $13.95

Release Date:June 27, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Casablanca Valley, Chile By: Vina Casas Del Bosques Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavour ful Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Description: Casas del Bosque makes some of the most pungent, expressive Sauvignon Blancs in Chile’ (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 2012). This wine is grown in the Casablanca Valley, a hotspot – or rather, coolspot – ideal for white varieties such as Savvy. Always a hit with Vintages customers, you asked us to play it again, Sam (we’re paraphrasing), and so we have.
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Vieni Foch Vintage Reserve 2012

Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, dark cherries and oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and lively acidity. This is quite a bold wine for a foch. I would give it an 88-89. As an FYI neither the term Vintage nor reserve are defined under the rules of VQA so any winery/wine maker can use them and they do not mean anything universally speaking. The grape in case your interested is Marechal Foch

From the LCBO web site:
Foch Vintage Reserve 2012 — VINTAGES#: 416214
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
The nose here is deep and richly aromatic with lots of red and dark berry fruit. The palate is bold, ripe and full of personality. Dense and savoury with superb replays, bright food-friendly acidity and a tangy finish. Try this with grilled tomatoes. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2014) $19.95

Release Date:June 27, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Vieni Estates Inc. Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm

From the winery’s web site:
In 2012, the wine made from these five acres was used primarily to produce the 2012 Briganti Reserve. However, based on its early indications of greatness, 1,500 litres were set aside to age for eighteen months in barrels newly coopered from southern Ontario Oak.

The results were well worth the wait – our winemaker Mauro Salvador proudly declared this 2012 Foch a Vintage Reserve, and describes it as “intese red ruby with purplish reflections, elegant, harmonious, refined and intense with notes of wild strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, vanilla and smoked wood: powerful and harmonious taste, dense and alcoholic, very persistent finishing with lingering fruits and vanilla.

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Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Dark in color with a nice nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice nice red cherries to match the nose along with cassis and some nice oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and dryness. This is a lovely smooth fruit forward cab sauv. Very well made. I would give it a solit 89. Very nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Chilcas Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 —VINTAGES#: 309757
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $17.95

Release Date:June 27, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile By: Via Wine Group Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth

Description From one of Chile’s best-known and best-loved wine regions, this single-vineyard Cabernet will show the richness and concentration the region is noted for. Look for impressive cassis, black and red fruit, herbs and smoke. This will make a popular addition to any barbecue.

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Gabbiano Chianti tastings

I recently had the pleasure of attending an iYellow event where the wine maker from Gabbiano, Frederico came along and told us all about Chianti’s. I thought I would pass along some of the tid bits I was able to glean from the evening. It was lovely. Below you will find my tasting notes for the wines we had at the event.

Chianti as you may know is a region within Italy (in Tuscany) where they grow predominantly the Sangiovese grape that is used in Chianti wines. There is a wonderful article on wikipedia all about the Chianti and Chianti Classico regions. As you may know the wine legislation in Italy grants a quality designation of DOCG for meeting all the requirements for the region.

An example of a Chianti is Gabbiano’s from the general list in the LCBO:
Gabbiano Chianti DOCG — LCBO#: 78006
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Medium ruby red colour; aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, nuanced by vanilla notes; dry, medium-bodied, velvety tannins, displaying flavours of liquorice, spice and red cherries on the finish. $13.95

Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Italy By: Castello Di Gabbiano Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
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My Tasting Note for the 2014 vintage: Lighter in color with a simple fruity nose of light red berries. On the mid palate the wine is a simple fruit forward wine with a light finish. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the winemaker’s web site:
“This wine, with is marked freshness and ample enjoyment, comes from the vinification of native vines.”
Wine: 90% Sangiovese 10% and other red berry vines

Wine production: A very natural wine making process, in which the alcoholic fermentation is followed naturally by malolactic fermentation in steel casks. The ageing period of the wine before the bottling is brief, without passage in wood: in this way, the wine maintains and displays all the organoleptic characteristics of the grape, along with great freshness. It is a young, enjoyable wine that does not require ageing, which should be drunk in the first two years of life.

Another region beyond Chianti is called Chianti Classico. Here the Sangiovese is aged in oak. In the case of the Gabbiano one from the LCBO it is aged in larger oak casks leading to more subtle effects of the oak:
Gabbiano Chianti Classico DOCG — LCBO#: 219808
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Medium ruby colour; aromas and flavours of dried cherry, red berry fruit and gentle baking spice; dry, medium-bodied, mild tannins and refreshing acidity. $16.95

Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Castello Di Gabbiano Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity
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My tasting note for the 2012 vintage: Dark in color with a mild nose with some dried fruits coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries along with some dried fruit notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness. I would give the wine an 88+. You can really see the additional complexity of this wine over the previous one coming through.

From the wine maker’s web site:
“Produced according to the classic method, this wine, with its full, balanced flavour, bears honest testimony to its territory and ancient tradition.”
Wine: 90% Sangiovese 10% and other red berry vines

Wine production: Produced according to the most traditional Chianti Classico fermentation processes on the skins, in temperature-controlled tanks at a temperature of 28°C. Malolactic fermentation takes place naturally in steel tanks. The wine is bottled a year after harvest, after several (5/7) months ageing in medium and large capacity French oak casks – from 15 to 50 hectolitres. The moderate use of the wood, the choice of large casks, according to the most classical method, allows the wine to preserve the most natural characteristics of the Sangiovese grape, bringing them into harmony: fruitiness, freshness and the level of tannin.

Next up are Chianti Classico reservas. These spend longer in oak and in the case of the Gabbiano are aged in smaller casks, new oak, which imparts more of the oak into the wine. From the LCBO web site:
Castello di Gabbiano Riserva Chianti Classico 2011 — VINTAGES#: 216309
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Excellent red with layers of subtle fruit, toasted oak, mushroom and truffles. Full body with firm, racy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. A solid example of a riserva Chianti Classico with lovely balance and structure. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 20, 2014) $22.95

Release Date:May 30, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.2% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By:Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Firm
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My tasting notes for the 2011 vintage: Dark in color with a nice smooth red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice smooth red berries to match the nose along with some minty notes. I’m never a lover of mint :( The finish on the wine is on the lighter side of medium in length. I would give it an 87-88.

From the wine maker’s web site:
“Created from the property’s oldest Chianti Classico vineyards, the castle’s Riserva is a wine that maintains all the most typical organoleptic characteristics of Chianti Classico, emphasised by a balanced ageing in wood.”

Wine: 95% Sangiovese 5% merlot
Wine production: The best grapes from the castle vineyards, harvested by hand, are quickly taken to the cellar. After delicately pressing and removing the grapes from the stalks, the alcoholic fermentation in the skins is carried out, in short fermentations, individually monitored with great care, so that the pumping of must over the grape dregs and the shedding are carried out in the ideal measure and times for each must.

The wine, therefore, spontaneously takes the malolactic fermentation to its conclusion, only partly in wood (casks of medium capacity or barriques of new French oak). In the following 16/18 months before bottling, the wine ages in casks of medium to large capacity – from 15 to 35 hectolitres – and in barriques of French oak of 225 litres. A wine that rewards the more patient consumer, since it requires a long ageing in bottles.

Next up they poured the 2011 Bellezza Chianti Classico DOCG Gran Selezione. This wine is not currently in the LCBO but lists for $39.95.

My tasting note for the 2011 vintage: Dark in color with a lovely nose of red berries along with some oak. On the mid palate there are some nice red berries to match the nose along with some earthy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and tannins. The complexity of the wine is very nice. I would give it an 88-89.

From the wine maker’s web site:
“A wine with an entirely Tuscan soul, presented in a new way.”

The highest quality grapes selection from a unique estate vineyard gives us this powerful Chianti Classico wine of class, made in a modern style.
The word ‘Bellezza’(Beauty) was familiarly used by workers to name this vineyard for its beauty and special production, thus it became the vineyard nickname.

Wine: 100% Sangiovese

Wine production: The same attention and care which is given to the grape on the vine continues in the cellar in the processes of pressing and removing the grapes from the stalks, which means every day during the alcoholic fermentation and the subsequent malolactic fermentation, which takes place in new barriques of French oak.

The wine is aged, therefore, for a period of 14/16 months in small capacity barrels (225 litres) and barriques (225 litres) of French oak of first passage, which bestow softness on the wine and emphasise the typical tang of this grape. Long refinement in the bottle completes the ageing and emphasises the tertiary fragrances.
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And last but not least is a category of wines called “Super Tuscans”. These are wines that were made outside the rigid laws defining DOC/DOCG. This allowed wine makers in Chianti to use smaller percentage of Sangiovese grapes (and even little to no Sangiovese). They are designated IGT on the bottle. As an example of this was the 2011 Solatìo.

My tasting notes: Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries and some oak. On the mid palate the wine displays nice dark berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some super dry pucker power along with some nice tannins. This is a lovely wine. I would give it a solid 89. Not in the LCBO and I forgot to take note of the price.

from the wine maker’s web site:
A new entry in the family!”

“A lovely, fine wine whose name tells about a sunny land. It exhibits a clear character. A rich and captivating taste and great freshness, which intend to ingratiate a wide audience. A wine that will be placed on the market in a range of non-exclusive access.”

Wine: 50% Syrah 45% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Sangiovese.

Winemaking
Separate fermentations. Just a short oak contact.
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2014 Gabbiano Promessa Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a nice crisp nose with minerality and citrus notes coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice crisp dry minerality and citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some lovely dryness, and some good length that build in the mouth along with some nice fresh acidity. This is a surprisingly good wine for the money. A perfect patio sipper. The length of the finish increased nicely as the wine warmed up. Be sure to not serve it too cold or you will miss a lot of the complexity of the wine. This would be a very food friendly wine. The wine is 90% Pinot Grigio and 10% Chardonnay grown outside of the Chianti region. I would give it an 88+. A bargoon for the price.

From the LCBO web site:
Gabbiano Pinot Grigio IGT — LCBO#: 77990
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Pale yellow colour; aromas of ripe pear, citrus with tropical notes; dry, light bodied, with citrus, mineral and apple flavours; medium long finish.
$12.95

Alcohol/Vol 12.0% Made in: Italy By: Castello Di Gabbiano Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp
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Château Saint-Nicolas 2010 Bordeaux

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays rich black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish, right out of the bottle the wine displayed noticeable alcohol and acidity. These faded quickly leaving some nice dryness and tannins. It’s still a bit young I would suspect. I would give it an 88-89. Quite a nice wine. We paired it with a BBQ striploin and it went well. Given the tannins structures this wine should have some cellar life in it too.

From the LCBO web site:
Château Saint-Nicolas 2010 Bordeaux — VINTAGES#: 405829
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Richly aromatic, with blue and black fruit and plum and coffee notes. This is a great value in 2010 Bordeaux. Balanced, ripe, rich and long, with impressive weight and complexity throughout. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2014) $19.95

Release Date:April 18, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Nath. Johnston & Fils Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2012

Pale in color with a nice nose of pear. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold fruit flavors, pear and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla, butterscotch and oaky notes. There some lively acidity and minerality as well. As the wine built in the mouth I noticed a subtle metal taste that coated my teeth and lingered. By the end of the bottle this was quite prominent. I would give this wine an 87-88. The back of the bottle indicates the wine is a very small lot, 296 cases, and that the oak from the barrels was grown close to the winery. Neat …

From the LCBO web site:
Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2012 VINTAGES#: 149302
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
How much more Canadian can you get then this: Canadian grapes, aged in Canadian oak, using indigenous (wild) yeast. Sounds like home to me. Wine spends 12 months in 25% new oak and has become quite an exciting wine in the process. Nose is butterscotch, vanilla and coconut husk; palate proves just as exciting with coconut, butterscotch, sweet banana skin and a nice toasty-ness. Ballsy use of oak has given spiciness to the finish and the acidity balances out the apparent sweetness … this one is still young so the fruit should emerge within a year or two. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (Michael Pinkus, ontariowinereview.com, Sept. 2014) $21.95

Release Date:December 6, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Featherstone Estate Winery Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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Cygnus Brut Nature Reserva Cava

As a public service announcement I thought I would pass along a tip CWG gave me. Today Bordeaux Futures ordering opened on the Vintages web site for the 2014 year. The futures program gives you a chance to preorder wines not yet available at discounted prices. Pay 25% now and then the rest in 2017 when the wines become available. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program :)

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dry minerality along with some nice citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice lively acidity that lingers nicely. The bubbles are fine making this a food friendly wine. A very nice wine. I would give it an 88 or so. Yumm.

From the LCBO web site:
Cygnus Brut Nature Reserva Cava — VINTAGES#: 352856

STYLE – Medium-bodied & Flavourful
Here’s a fine, Champagne-style bubbly that comes with two bonuses where some consumers are concerned: It’s organic; and it weighs in at an impressively low 11.5-per-cent alcohol. But those are hardly the only reasons to love this electric-crisp Cygnus. Absolutely bone-dry and light, it’s got piercing, sour lemon-lime fruit underpinned by toasty bread and a suggestion of mineral. Score – 90. (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Oct. 14, 2014) $17.95

Release Date:June 13, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 11.5% Made in: Penedès, Spain By:U Mes U Fan Tres (1+1=3) Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Flavourful
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Miguel Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lighter red berries to match the nose, but this wine lives in the finish where it displays some firm tannins, nice dryness and peppery notes. There’s also a hint of dark chocolate to the wine. Quite complex. It’s still a little young. I would give it an 88-89. Which for the price is a very good deal. It should age for a bit too!

From the LCBO web site:
Miguel Torres Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2012 — VINTAGES#: 381046
Style – Full-bodied & Smooth  › $16.95
Release Date:April 18, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Rioja, Spain By: Miguel Torres S.A.,Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal

Description: It may surprise you to learn that despite Torres’s enviable international reputation and presence, the Catalan-based Torres family did not produce a wine in Rioja until the inaugural vintage of the Ibéricos Crianza in 2006. This 100% Tempranillo undergoes 12 months of ageing in oak before receiving a further six months in bottle. It will offer red fruit notes with oak and spice accents and is a perfect example of the level of craftsmanship and care that Torres insists upon for its entire range.

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Elderton High Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Happy Father’s day all!
Ink dark in color with a black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some bold rich black cherries to match the nose, slightly sweet. On the finish the wine displays some nice firm acidity and tannins. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Elderton High Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 408989
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Bright crimson-magenta; cassis fruit strikes first on the bouquet and palate, then more savoury characters come through, part tannin-derived, part from oak. Will provide good drinking over the next 5 or so years. Drink by: 2020. Score – 89. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2014) $19.95

Release Date:June 13, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Elderton Wines Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
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Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014 mini review

Pale in color with a nice smooth nose of grapefruit and citrus. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some smooth citrus and grapefruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity along with nice citrus notes. This is a smooth well made food friendly Sauv Blanc. I would give it an 88 or so. Very nice

From the LCBO web site:
Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014 — VINTAGES#: 214460
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $18.95

Release Date:February 21, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Lawsons Dry Hills Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful
DescriptionAfter growing grapes since 1980, Ross and Barbara Lawson made the leap to winemaking in 1992. They are a member of the Family of Twelve, an organization of 12 prestigious and artisanal wineries (six from the North Island and six from the South) that was established in 2005. Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc is barrel-fermented and will have a touch of toasty oak in addition to the typical tropical and herbal notes so loved in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
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2012 Jackson-Triggs Merlot Grand Réserve Niagara Peninsula VQA

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black cherries to match the nose along with some mocha notes, but where this wine lives is in the finish! On the medium to long finish the wine displays some firm tannins along with some nice dryness that builds nicely in the mouth. This wine is not a varietal Merlot, but not a bad wine none the less. I would give it an 88-89. If you like your wines edgy then this is a drink now and enjoy the complexity it has to offer. If you prefer your wines softer I suggest you wait a while. Might even be 2-5 years for the tannins to soften out.

From the LCBO web site:
Jackson-Triggs Grand Reserve Merlot 2012 — VINTAGES#: 563197
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Well-articulated aromas of ripe red fruit, dark berry, cassis, mocha and cocoa powder. Impressive replays, balance and freshness on the palate. Silky smooth and delicious. (VINTAGES panel, Sept. 2014) $24.95

Release Date:April 4, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Constellation Brands Inc. Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2013 mini review

A reminder mini-reviews were based on a small sample. This one was tasted at the California Wine fair.
Pale in color with lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely chard fruit with some nice apple and pear coming through. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice acidity along with some vanilla notes. Not a bad chard at all! I would give it an 88+

From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay 2012 — VINTAGES#: 979344
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Creamy, oaky Chardonnay with plenty of ripe orchard fruit and juicy tropical fruit. There’s a pretty floral element to the aromas, too. Enjoy it with pork chops and roasted potatoes. (VINTAGES panel, Jan. 2014) $21.95
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Wakefield Shiraz 2013

Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, peppery notes and acidity along with some nice dryness. The wine is a bit on the young side. In about 6 months it would be been better. The fruit right now is kind of overwhelmed. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web sie:
Wakefield Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 943787
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Dark purple. Ripe dark berries, licorice and woodsmoke on the nose, with a peppery nuance adding lift. A silky, gently sweet midweight that offers tangy blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of vanilla. Shows good energy and focus on the finish, leaving behind bitter chocolate and allspice notes. Score – 89. (Josh Raynolds, vinousmedia.com, July 2014) $17.95

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