2012 Coda di Volpe DOC

We stopped by Terroni and this one was on their wine list. If you’ve not been to Terroni’s before, and like Italian, give it a try. They have a great wine list and even sell their own olive oil! This wine is pale in color with a nice crisp nose with lots of lemon/lime coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with crisp lemon/lime citrus notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely minerality along with some crisp acidity. This is a well made, food friendly wine. Sadly not in the LCBO. I would give it an 88-89. Yumm.

From Terroni’s wine list:
2012 Coda di Volpe DOC, Fattoria La Rivolta, Campania
Beautifully ripe and expressive with floral yellow stone
fruits, mint and minerals. There is a generosity and
textured feel to the fruit that’s especially appealing.

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2012 Peninsula Ridge AJ Lepp Vineyards Merlot mini review

Dark in color with a nice plummy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lighter fruit forward plum to match the nose backed by some mild tannins. Not a bad Merlot. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Peninsula Ridge A.J. Lepp Vineyards Reserve Merlot — LCBO#: 299222
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
An impressive depth on the nose with black fruits, leather, licorice, Black Forest cake and hickory shining through. Lovely velvety consistency with round tannins and juicy fruit. More black licorice on the bright and juicy finish. (VINTAGES panel, July 2013) $18.95
Alcohol/Vol 13.4% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Peninsula Ridge Estates Winery Sugar Content: 12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth

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Burnt Ship Bay 2013 Pinot Grigio

Slightly golden in color with a mild nose of peaches. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely peach notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality and a hint of acidity. This is a lovely smooth food friendly wine. I would give it an 88-89. We paired it with BBQ’d lobster in butter and it went well. For the bargain basement price of $14.95 it will be featured in the Feb 15th Vintage release. I believe this is the first vintage release for Burnt Ship Bay Winery! They are in Niagara on the lake. LCBO number 404939 (not out yet).

From the Winery’s web site:

TASTING NOTES:

“This Pinot Grigio is an absolute joy to drink! The pretty bouquet of, peach, honey, banana and flowers give way to fresh apple, mineral and spice on the refreshing palate. Put a good chill to it and enjoy this summer/autumn on the patio or with grilled fish drizzled topped with lemon.”
– Evan Saviolidis Wine Journalist/Judge, Quench Magazine

GOLD Medal: All Canadian Wine Championships 2014Best Ontario Pinot Grigio

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2013 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dried red fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and tannins. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella Classico Doc — LCBO#: 285585
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Clear ruby red colour: cherry, cloves leather & cedar on the nose; ripe cherry flavour balanced by tart acidity; slightly spicy, long finish $15.00 Alcohol/Vol 12.0% Made in: Veneto, Italy By: Masi Agricola S.P.A. Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2013 White Cliff Sauvignon Blanc mini review

Pale in color with a lovely citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus and pink grape fruit notes back by some lively acidity. I would give it an 88-89. A very nice Sauv Blanc. It should be super food friendly to. A good deal for the price!

From the LCBO web site:
White Cliff Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 610972
STYLE – Light & Crisp
clear bright yellow; light floral with gooseberry, grass and citrus aromas; extra dry, medium body; mouth filling fruit flavour and crisp finish $14.95
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: New Zealand By: Sacred Hill Wines Ltd Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Light & Crisp

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2011Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal nose of rustic notes and soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays strong rustic notes that linger in the top of the mouth. On the medium length finish the wine has some firm acidity and a bit of spiciness. This wine has eased nicely, when we originally bought it at the winery it was no where near as nice. The wine leaves a chaulky dryness in the mouth that is best appreciated without food. I would not go so far as to say palate singing, but close. I would give it an 89-90.

From the LCBO web site:
Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir (V) — VINTAGES#: 274753
Style – Medium-bodied & Fruity  › $29.95
Release Date: December 31, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 13.6% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

Description: The Hidden Bench commitment to quality (and to their customers) has seen them set a very high bar for themselves and their wines, and any wine that does not meet their expectations will not be released. Their estate Pinot comes from select parcels from their three estate vineyards. Look for red cherry, herbs and mineral notes expressed in an elegant and refined package. Try this with bacon-stuffed mushrooms.

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2012 Pondview Bella Terra Cab Franc

I last blogged about the Bella Terra Chard and was thoroughly impressed. I had met the rep for Pondview at an LCBO in store tasting and he insisted that since I enjoyed the Chard I had to try the Cab Franc. Who am I to argue. I love Cab Francs and love Niagara ones. Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries and a hint of licorice. On the mid palate the wine exudes some lovely rich dark cherries to match the nose along with a hint of mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins, some nice acidity and some dryness that builds in the mouth. Most noticeable without food. This is a well made, smooth, even elegant cab franc. Pondview are in the Niagara on the lake area. I would give this wine a solid 90. Yumm. Some cab francs are too big to be paired with softer meals. This one is elegant enough to be paired paired with softer meals. I paired it with cornish hen and it went very well. Complimented the meal nicely. Sadly not in the LCBO so you will have to take a trip out to the winery. Pitty :)

From the winery’s web site:
$35.15/Single

A long warm growing season has given us some fantastically ripe fruit providing full bodied wines full of voluptuous flavours. This is a wine that would like to aged longer than the car ride home. 8 – 10 years (if you stand it).
Intense aromas of black licorice, currants and olives on the nose with hints of roasted red peppers and Herb de Provence. Dark Chocolate, melted over spiced red raspberries, berries and plums saturate the palate, lending itself to a long finish, encased in firm tannins.
This is another of our unfiltered Bella Terra reds

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Clos du Bois Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose of plum and black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and some acidity. This is not a great Merlot but none the less a nice wine. More reminiscent of a cab to my tastes. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Clos du Bois Merlot 2012 VINTAGES#: 124883

Smoky, chocolaty Merlot overflowing with dark cherry and fig, along with a festive suggestion of Christmas cake. It’s generous on the palate with a velvety mouthfeel, and a sprinkling of cocoa on the finish. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2014) $16.95
Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. (Us) Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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2011 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine first whops you in the face with the high alcohol content. This wine is way too young. Plan on decanting or aging. On the mid palate the wine is oozing with dark cherries. This is a big wine for sure. On the medium length finish the wine has some lovely fine tannins along, some nice dryness and some mocha notes. Wow … a big cab for sure. I would give this a solid 90 for it’s complexity. We paired it with a filet mignon and it held it’s own to say the least. Did I mention wow. This has a ton of aging potential too ..

Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon (V) — VINTAGES#: 232371
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $29.95
Release Date:December 1, 2014
750 mL giftAlcohol/Vol14.2%Made in:California, USABy:E. & J. Gallo WinerySugar Content:7 g/LSweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & SmoothVarietal:Cabernet Sauvignon
Release Date:December 1, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 14.2% Made in: California, USA By: E. & J. Gallo Winery Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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Wakefield Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this wine is a smack on varietal California style chard. Lots of nice apple and caramel notes backed by some lovely acidity on a medium length finish. The oak is well done and not over done IMHO. I would give this wine a solid 89. A great deal for the price!

From the LCBO web site:
Wakefield Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 711556
Rich, ripe aromas of baked apple, buttercream, toast, and pineapple. It’s flavour-packed on the palate with some weight, lovely texture, and tons of bright, ripe fruit. There’s some tangy citrus zest on the finish, and some toasty replays. A nicely balanced oaked Chardonnay at a friendly price. Pair with scallops pan-seared in butter, or butternut squash ravioli. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2014) $14.95
Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Wakefield Wines Pty Ltd. Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Gold Medal winner at Sélections Mondiales des Vins Canada 2014.

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Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltliner 2013

I love Grüners. They are not well known. They come from Austria. I was thrilled when we were in the Finger Lakes that they are starting to try to grow them. I’ve often wondered why Niagara don’t grow them. This one is pale in color with a lovely crisp nose of citrus and minerality. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely crisp soft citrus and pear notes to match the nose along with some lovely minerality. On the medium length finish the wine lingers nicely with some mild acidity. This is a super food friendly wine. We paired it with lobster fettucine alfredo and it went very well. If you like milder Sauv Blancs you’d like this one IMHO. I would give it an 88-89 which for the price is a good deal. Grüners are often priced well, likely because they are not well known. Spread the word!

From the LCBO web site:
Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltliner 2013 — VINTAGES#: 346007
This wine is floral, with aromas of pear, apple, apricot and a touch of banana. Ripe fresh fruit with good balance and crisp acidity. Elegant and flavourful with a lingering finish. (VINTAGES panel, March 2014) $14.95.
Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Kamptal, Austria By: Weingut Rudolph Rabl Sugar Content: 2 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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2012 Cave Springs Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine leaves a hint of the citrus notes to linger in the mouth. This is a smooth, gentle, well made, food friendly Sauv blanc. Don’t pair it with anything too hearty or you will not be tasting the wine at all. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Cave Spring Sauvignon Blanc VQA — LCBO#: 529933
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Pale straw; quite fragrant, with a floral, grapefruit, gooseberry and grassy/herbal nose with a hint of peach; dry, delicate, crisp with good fruit and moderate length. $15.95

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Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a firm nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries coming through. The fruit is quite nice and fairly bold. It’s more reminiscent of a cab than a Merlot IMHO but there are some mild subtle plum notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth tannins with the oak and alcohol well in check. We paired it with a baked macaroni in a red sauce and it went very well, holding it’s own. I would give it an 88-89. Quite nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012 — VINTAGES#: 131540
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The 2012 vintage has been very kind to Featherstone. This is another solid [offering] from the winery’s red portfolio. The nose shows inviting raspberry, cherry and plum aromas with light spice. It’s lush and smooth on the palate with medium weight showing flavours of raspberry, plums, licorice and spice with a smooth delivery through the long finish. Score – 90. (Rick VanSickle, winesinniagara.com, July 13, 2014) $19.95

Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Featherstone Estate Winery Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2011Castello di Neive Barbaresco

One of Italy’s legendary wines is a Barolo. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolos are big, bold, expressive and complex … but they are also expensive. Barbarescos are also made from the Nebbiolo grape. I call Barbarescos a poor man’s Barolo :) This one is in the general list at the LCBO and has been good for quite a while now. This one is deep garnet in color with a nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild black cherries to match the nose along with some dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth velvety tannins along with some nice dryness. The complexity in this wine is very nice. The fruit is a bit on the milder side but still good. I would give it an 88-89

From the LCBO web site:
Castello di Neive Barbaresco DOCG — LCBO#: 160143
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm Clear garnet colour; cherry, leather, spice and toasty oak aromas; dry, full-bodied, slightly firm, yet well balanced with red fruit flavour and fine tannins. $19.90
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Italy By: Castello Di Neive Azienda Agricola Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Full-bodied & Firm
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2012 Mission hill Shiraz mini review

Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely blueberry notes backed by some nice peppery notes and acidity into a medium length finish. A very nice varietal shiraz. I would give it an 89 or so. Available from Marc Anthony wines for $18.48 a bottle in cases of 12. Yumm.

From the winery`s web site:
2012 Shiraz Our Reserve Shiraz is inky in colour with aromas of dark fruits, violet, and peppercorn. Full-bodied with flavours of cherries, rosemary, anise, and brambleberry. A touch of cedar rounds out the long finish.

Vintage Report
The 2012 vintage is a reminder that the Okanagan is one of the world’s northern-most serious wine regions. After a generally dry, warm growing season, the last few weeks of harvest ‘chilled out’. The summer ensured ideal fruit development resulting in slightly reduced workloads in our vineyards. Yields were spot-on and summer pruning was not as involved as in previous years. Veraison took place under nearly ideal conditions that lasted from mid-August to the end of September. The continuation of mild, sunny autumn weather gave rise to optimism among our winemakers with reports of grapes having developed thick skins and expectations of flavourful, extracted wines. The harvest began on September 13th with sunny skies and moderate temperatures, delivering the early ripening varieties. The night cooled drastically in the second half of September, preserving the freshness of our top quality wines and brining welcome respite after an incredibly dry growing season.
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Winemakers Notes
100% Shiraz
13.5 alc/vol
T.A. 5.5 g/l
RS Dry
Oak: Aged in French & American oak for 14 months
Harvested: October 2012
Vineyards: Oliver & Osoyoos

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2010 Mission Hill Compendium mini review

Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. I last reviewed the Quatrain and lvoed it so much I bought a case and shared it with some family members with discerning tastes! I love Okanagan wines, they are so big and bold. This one is dark in color with a mild nose of red berries. It`s not giving any hints of what`s to come … On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely cab sauv notes along with some nice complexity. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, tannins and some acidity. The complexity on this wine is really noticeable with all of the blend working in harmony. This is a well made rich wine. I would give it a solid 90. Available from Marc Anthony wines for $39.95 a bottle in cases of 6. Yumm.

From the winery`s web site:
2010 Compendium New Release! 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc

A compendium is a ‘collection'; this Bordeaux inspired wine is part of Mission Hill Family Estate’s ultra-premium wine collection. Elegant and complex, COMPENDIUM reflects great care and dedication in everything we do from viticulture to winemaking.

The grapes were selected from designated blocks within our estates in Osoyoos and Oliver; they were hand harvested and hand sorted and then gravity filled to small French oak fermenters. After 3 weeks extended maceration the free run wine and a small portion of lightly basket pressed wine was aged separately in French oak barrels for 13 months.

The grapes for the 2010 Compendium were sourced from some of our top vineyard parcels along the Osoyoos and Black Sage Benches. It is a dark, dense and brooding giant of a wine, featuring a complex mix of black currants, blueberry, licorice, mint and dark chocolate. The palate is rich and full-bodied with muscular tannins and well-focused flavours.

Winemakers Notes
41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc
Hand harvested from Osoyoos and Oliver Vineyards in October 2010
Fermentation & extended maceration in small French oak fermenters
Aged in French oak barrels for 13 months
Alcohol: 14% | Total Acidity: 6.0 g/l
Bottled on September 13, 2012

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Castello di Spaltenna Chianti Classico 2011

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice mild red berries. But where this wine lives is in the medium length finish which displays some some nice smooth tannins, nice dryness and spicy notes. The wine has some nice mouth grip, lingering nicely with the peppery notes and the tannins hanging around for a bit. The wine has some nice complexity. I would give it an 89 or so. A fine Chianti for a reasonable price! I paired it (and even marinated with it) a rabbit stew in a tomato based sauce and it went very well!

From the LCBO web site:
Castello di Spaltenna Chianti Classico 2011 — VINTAGES#: 388678
Though ripe, this red remains fresh and focused, offering cherry, plum, licorice and tar flavors. Smooth and balanced, presenting a light dusting of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2020. Score – 90. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Feb. 28, 2014)
$19.95

Release Date:December 6, 2014 Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Villa Vignamaggio Sugar Content: 7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D
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Redhawk Vineyard Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2012

Garnet in color with a mild nose of some red berries and maybe even chocolate. On the mid pallet the wine displays red berry notes more reminiscent of a cab than a pinot. I found myself puzzled on this one for how to describe the mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity, and some nice dryness along with some rustic notes. The finish is firm and lingers in the mouth. I would give this wine an 88 or so. As the wine breathes some of the firmness of the wine dials back revealing a lot more of the fruit. More traditional softer red berries and raspberries start coming out as well as some more of the rustic notes. I would recommend you decant this wine for 1/2 an hour to an hour depending on how you like your pinots.

From the LCBO web site
Redhawk Vineyard Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2012 — VINTAGES#: 48710
Fresh, bright Pinot with notions of pomegranate, raspberry pie and cured meat. Good echoes on the palate, with lively acidity. Excellent price for Pinot of this quality. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2014) $21.95.

Release Date:January 10, 2015 Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Oregon, USA By: Redhawk Winery Inc. Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Description Cheekily named with a nod to the Grateful Dead, this is a super-popular Pinot Noir every year with our customers. Always a great value, the 2012 was a fantastic vintage in Oregon, meaning this is one of the best bottlings to date.

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2012 Toasted head Cab Sauv

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of dark red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays milder dark red berries to match the nose. This wine lives in the finish where it displays some lovely fine velvety tannins. The wine has some very nice mouth grip where the dryness lingers for quite a bit. This wine is quite interesting in it’s complexity. I would give it an 88-89.

From the LCBO web site:
Release Date: September 13, 2014 750 mL bottle Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc.Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style: Full-bodied Smooth Description’Toasted Head’ refers to the process of toasting the tops and bottoms (plus the staves) of the oak barrels, which imparts a more enveloping toasty-oak character to this wine. Typically aged for 18-20 months in a mix of French and American oak, this delicious Cab features toasty vanilla and rich black fruit flavours, plus a lingering finish. Ideal for leisurely enjoyment or for barbecued back ribs. $20.95
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The Lackey Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a mid nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild blueberry and black berry notes consistent with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins along with some nice peppery notes. I would give it an 88 or so. Not a bad Shiraz at all, albeit a milder one. We paired it with lasagna and it went well. If you prefer your shirazes a little less fruit forward this is a good choice for the $$s.

From the LCBO web site:
The Lackey Shiraz 2012 — VINTAGES#: 5199
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Huge, ripe, and mouthfilling with smoke, tar, peppercorns, and blackberry pie filling. Certainly not lack-ey in the flavour department – see what we did there? Enjoy with spiced beef dishes or spicy ribs. (VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2014) $17.95

Release Date:September 27, 2014
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: South Australia By:Kilikanoon Sugar Content: 7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

Description: One mark of a truly great producer is the ability to evoke the signature quality of their premium bottlings across their complete range. The Lackey is consistently one of Australia’s great-value buys, and this well-priced Shiraz from Kilikanoon offers a tantalizing hint of what can be expected from their more expensive offerings. Full bodied and approachable, with suggestions of rich blackberry, cassis, leather and spices. Enjoy it with roast leg of lamb or stuffed eggplant.

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Cooper’s Hawk 2010 Cab Franc Reserve mini review

I have not had much exposure to Lake Erie wines so when I was at Taste Ontario a while back I tried this one. Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark cherries. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely bold dark cherries to match the nose along with some chocolate notes. On the long finish the wine displays some hints of pepper along with some smooth tannins and nice dryness. This is a well made varietal cab franc. A bigger one at that. I would give it an 89 or so. A nice surprise. This one sure isn’t cheap $39.95 but it is good if you can endure the price.

From the LCBO web site:
Cooper’s Hawk Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010 — VINTAGES#: 335729
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The first red to come off the property is a winner. Blackberry and tobacco greet the nose, while blackberries and blueberry skin are the stars on the palate — it has a juiciness on the mid-palate before the nice tannin backbone takes hold on the finish. Score – 3 1/2+ Stars (out of 5). (Michael Pinkus, ontariowinereview.com, April 23, 2013) $39.95

Release Date:October 2, 2014
Alcohol/Vol 13.3% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
Description: Cabernet Franc is a critical component in many of Bordeaux’s greatest wines, and is one of the cornerstone grapes of Ontario winemaking. In Ontario, Cab Franc also creates top-flight single varietal wines.This is a VQA wine

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2013 Casa-Deea Dea’s Cuvee sparkling wine

I enjoy being close to two wine regions, Niagara and Prince Edward County. The wines from PEC are coming along nicely. Casa Dea has been doing some consistently good wines for a while now. This one, is just an example of that. I last wrote up the 2011 vintage of this wine so when I wanted a bubbly for New Years eve I reached for this one. Pale in color with a nice nose of minerality and citrus. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with a nice crisp dry wine showing notes of minerality and citrus. The bubbles are nice and fine. The wine is medium in length with the citrus lingering a bit. I would give this a solid 88. Very nice. Next time you want some bubbles give this one a try! Well done PEC …

From the LCBO web site:
Casa Dea Dea’s Cuvee Sparkling VQA — LCBO#: 261263
STYLE – Light & Fruity
Pale straw colour; light citrus aromas with mineral, yeasty and biscuit notes; off-dry with light apple and citrus fruit flavours. $18.95

Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Casa-Dea Vineyards Ltd Sugar Content: 28 g/L Style:Light & Fruity

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2012 Pepperjack Red

This is one of those kitchen sink blends. They throw everything into the mix other than the kitchen sink :) See below for the list. Interesting to see Austrailia growning Tempranillo, a tradional Spanish grape. Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palet the wine displays some firm black berries. The shiraz is shining through. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice peppery notes along with some firm tannins and acidity. This is a nice wine despite the blend. I would give it an 88-89. You can easily pair this with some heavy meats and it will definitely hold it’s own. Quite a nice wine.

From the LCBO web site:
Pepperjack Red 2012 — VINTAGES#: 393801
Fresh and lively, this offers precise flavors and fine-grained tannins, with lingering raspberry, dark plum and floral notes. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2019. Score – 91. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, May 31, 2014) $24.95

From the winery’s web site:
TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Harvest Date: March – May 2012 pH: 3.6 Acidity: 6.4g/L Alcohol: 14.44% Residual Sugar: 1.0g/L
Bottling Date: August 2013
GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Tempranillo

MATURATION
This wine was matured in a combination of French and American oak for 12 months.

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2012 McGregor Vineyards Reserve Cab Franc

Back in the summer we took a trip down to the finger lakes and I was impressed enough to buy a number of wines at the winery. This is one of those. Dark in color with a nice smooth red berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with lovely bold rich rd berry notes, a traditional fruit forward cab franc. There’s a hint of sweetness on the tongue. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins along with some nice dryness. This is a nice well made cab franc. I would give it an 89 or so. We paired it with a tenderloin steak and it went very well. Yum. $24.95 a bottle at the winery (not in the LCBO). If your in the area of the finger lakes be sure and stop in at McGregor. Their wine tasting room is eclectic and unique. With picnic tables and courteous staff wandering around with bottles of wine for you to sample. And to top it off you walk away with a McGregor wine glass as a keep sake!

From the back of the bottle:
This estate frown Cab Franc is a medium bodied dry and complex wine. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, cedar and hints of oak mingle with soft tannins and lead to a long lingering finish. Our reserve designation is used on a wine that displays outstanding varietal character, balance and superior quality.

2012 Cabernet Franc (bottle)

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Pondview Bella Terra Chardonnay 2011

I was walking through the local LCBO and Neils Wandler from Pondview was sampling Pondview’s wine so I gave this one a try. I liked it so much I bought three bottles. Golden in color with a nice albeit mild chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely chard fruit along with some nice vanilla notes. Slightly creamy in texture. Medium in length with some firm acidity on the finish. Not too much to be called bitter, just enough to add some character. This is an excellent California style chard and probably one of the best Chards coming out of Ontario that I have tasted to date, even ones costing a whole lot more. Hats off to Pondview. I would give it an 89-90. Yumm. We paired it with pan fried sea scallops and it went perfectly. Grab a bottle or 3 if you can while you can.

From the winery’s web site:
This is a Chardonnay we’re very proud of. It’s our first wine that has won a medal in France. It won a bronze medal at the Chardonnay du Monde international Chardonnay competition in France. Out of 872 Chardonnays from 42 countries, we were the only winery from Ontario to win anything. It was fermented and aged in French, American and Hungarian barrels for 11 months. This full bodied wine has sweet aromas of ripe pineapple, pink grapefruit with a hint of butterscotch. The palate is fresh with green apples and citrus with a long soft finish of vanilla cream.

From Neils:
Awards
2013 Chardonnay du Monde – Bronze
2013 Intervin – Bronze
2013 National Wine Awards of Canada – Bronze

Out of 872 Chardonnays from 42 countries, PondView Estate Winery was the only Ontario winery to win anything at Chardonnay du Monde.

From the LCBO web site:
Pondview Bella Terra Chardonnay 2011 — VINTAGES#: 347922
Spent nine months in 80% French oak … On the nose you’re going to get some buttery, baked apple and vanilla cream notes. On the palate it’s got peach and some butter-poached pear, a little tropical fruit; you’re also going to find mid-palate some vanilla and butterscotch, which is really lovely … On the finish there’s a kind of bitterness – call it the acidity, call it some sort of citrus … [that] balances out all those rich barrel notes and that rich fruitiness … Score – 89. (Michael Pinkus, OntarioWineReview Video, July 19, 2013) $24.95

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