2013 J J Hahn Cab/shiraz

Inky dark in color with nice black berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice soft black berries to match the nose, almost blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice soft tannins, acidity and pepper. This is a softer gentler more food friendly shiraz, likely made so by the cab. I don’t get a lot of cab off it. I would give it an 88 or so. Not in the LCBO but available by the case for $24.50 a bottle.

from the winery’s web site:
A classic Australian wine style championed in Australia in the late 1800s. Today it is the great Australian red, to the point that leading international wine writers and commentators, Tyson Stelzer and Matthew Jukes, have labelled Shiraz Cabernet blends as “The Blend that defines Australia: Mouth filling wine style; soft, fleshy but firm with an explosion of fruit and flavour by blending Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon”.

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2015 Ringbolt cab (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark cherries coming through along with a hint of herbacious/green notes. The wine might be a bit young. On the medium length finish the wine displays smooth tannins and acidity. Not a bad wine at all. I would give it an 88 or so:

From the LCBO web site:
Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon — VINTAGES#: 606624
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Western Australia, Australia By:Negociants International Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon DescriptionThe Ringbolt was a ship that sank during the 1800s off the rugged Australian coast near Margaret River, now a premium wine region. This elegant Cabernet goes down beautifully! Serve with oven-roasted top sirloin, grilled sausages or hearty lamb stew.

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Wine laws in Canada

I find it irritating that our government is out negotiating free trade agreements with other countries but wine still today does not flow freely between our provinces. Work is in progress to fix this, and right now the laws are a confusing patchwork leaving the consumer to negotiate the mine fields on their own. Fortunately, some wineries are blazing new trails. The reality is, we in Ontario do not get a whole lot of Okanagan wines brought into the LCBO. I recently attended a tasting of Culmina wines and was impressed enough to want to buy some. So I checked and sure enough they sell them direct to the consumer. Shipping was $25 for 6 bottles which seemed reasonable enough. The shipper they chose to use was temperature controlled, ATS Healthcare. My order arrived pretty quickly. Being a unique product, something you can not always get in Ontario, I figure it will make a great Christmas gift for the oenophiles in my family (hopefully they aren’t reading this 🙂 ).

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2012 Cornerstone Cab Franc (mini review)

I’ve run into this wine at the Food and Wine show over the last couple years and been impressed. Dark in color with mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely intensified cab franc notes, dark berries, and a hint of dried fruits. This wine is made in the Apassimento style (think Amarone) where 100% of the grapes have been air dried, before being crushed intensifying the fruit. The wine displays some nice smooth tannins, acidity and some peppery notes. I would give it an 88 or so. Not in the LCBO but available at the winery for $29 a bottle. An interesting wine for sure.

From the winery’s web site for the 2013 vintage:

YEAR :2013
SUGAR :3.1 g/L
From the very start, this fabulous wine is sure to delight and arouse the senses. The intense aroma of rich, ripe strawberries provides just a glimpse of the exceptionally rich flavours yet to come.

Product Description
This Appassimento-style Cabernet Franc captures a deep ruby colour. Its aroma is of violets, plum, mocha, and hints of jalapeno peppers. It is a medium bodied wine that highlights bright fruit and ripe cherry followed with soft tannins. Pair with grilled burger, roast duck, or simply try it with goat cheese.

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Arboleda 2016 Pinot noir (mini review)

I last tasted the 2014 Cab from Arboleda and was impressed. This wine is garnet in color with a nice approachable soft red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely soft pinot with soft red berries, strawberries and the like coming through nicely. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a well made softer pinot that would be perfect for dishes like salmon, or poultry. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO, $19.95 a bottle. This was one of the first wines I tasted at the recent Chilean wine fest in Toronto, and was one of the best pinots of the night!

From the winery’s web site:
Origin Appellation: Aconcagua Costa Vineyard: Chilhué Locality: Quillota
Climate: Cool maritime climate, highly influenced by the cold Pacific Ocean, which brings icy masses of water from the South Pole induced by the Humboldt Current. This results in cooling breezes that refresh the vines in the vineyard and promote morning fog.
Soil: The soils are formed over igneous intrusive and extrusive (volcanic) rocks in different stages of metamorphism, with a prevalence of metamorphic rocks such as schist and slate.
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.3 Total Acidity: 6.15 g/L Tartaric Acid Residual Sugar: 2.0 g/L
Vinification: The grapes were fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tanks over 14 to 25 days at temperatures that fluctuated between 25° and 28°C.
Ageing: Barrel Ageing: Aged for 11 months in French oak barrels, 10% of which were new.
Ageing Potential: 6 to 8 years

Winemaker’s Comments
Bright and clean cherry red in colour, with captivating purity and freshness on the nose and aromas of sour cherries, rosehips and subtle earthy notes. The palate impresses with mellow bloody and saline nuances, typical from this terroir. It has delicate structure, great balance and fine tannins, and finishes with a fresh and savoury mouth feel.

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Culmina 2016 Decora (Riesling)

Another one from the Culmina wine tasting. Pale in color with a nice crisp nose. On the mid palate when first served the wine displays some very nice crisp dry notes, lots of minerality and some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some vibrant acidity that builds beautifully in the mouth. This would be a super food friendly wine. As the wine warmed up it evolved in the glass and the typical riseling flavors came through with some nice honeysuckle and maybe even some stone fruits. The complexity of this wine was excellent. I would give it an 88-89. Probably one of the best Rieslings I have had in a very long time. Not in the LCBO but available by the case from Woodman wine and Spirits or directly from the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
Harvested from the 6th crop of Riesling on Margaret’s Bench, and Latin for pretty or fine, Decora is an intensely aromatic Riesling that whets the palate with mouth-watering acidity. Showing delicate spice, floral, and stone fruit aromas, Decora displays pronounced flavours of citrus, mineral, and stone fruit, creating a wine of outstanding vivacity, delicacy, elegance, and style. $23
BRIX AT HARVEST 250
TITRATABLE ACIDITY 8.97 g/L
VINTAGE CONDITIONS RESIDUAL SUGAR 4.18 pH 325
ALCOHOL 13.5%
FERMENTATION 100% Stainless Steel
BOTTLING DATE March 7, 2017
AGEING POTENTIAL 2017-2022

Detailed information on the wine from the winery.

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Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (mini review)

This was one of the best wines of the Chilean wine event in Toronto (IMHO) and was truly a stand out. And to top it off it is reasonably priced and there is some still in the LCBO. I have grabbed a few. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine impresses with some lovely, bold black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some smooth velvety tannins, lovely dryness and complexity. The depth of this wine is shockingly good when one factors in the price. I would give this wine a 88-89. Yumm. Run out and grab some while you can … Why are you still here … GO!!!

From the LCBO web site:
Ventisquero Grey Glacier Single Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 — VINTAGES#: 485474
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
A fresh and minerally style, with focused red plum and dried cherry flavors that offer crisp acidity. Notes of green herbs and Asian spice show on the tannic finish. Drink now through 2019. Score – 89. (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, 2017) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 13, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.4% Made in: Maipo Valley, Chile By: Vina Ventisquero Ltd Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2015 San Fabbiano Chianti Classico (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice smooth rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins and complexity. A typical and well made Chianti Classico. I would give it an 88 or so. Not currently in the LCBO, $24 a bottle by the case.

From the winery’s web site:
San Fabiano Calcinaia Chianti Classico Docg ORG
It comes from the Sangiovese vineyards of San Fabiano (250 m). It ages in barrels of 2nd and 3rd passage for a period of 12 months and then it stays in the bottle at least three months. It is the synthesis of Chianti tradition: land and vines, combined with modern winemaking and more time to care quality. Suitable for ready consumption, however, it improves after a medium period of ageing.
Technical sheet
Grape: Sangiovese (90%), additional varieties (10%)
Vineyard Location: San Fabiano 250 m. asl, exposure South-West
Harvest Dates: From the second half of September
Maturation: 12 Months in barriques of 2nd and 3rd passage.

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Vegan and Vegetarian wines

You may have noticed wines now being advertised as vegan or vegetarian and wondered what that meant … In making wines there are sometimes large particulate matter left over. This can be from any number of sources including stems, seeds, bits of skin, lees etc. This can lead to a wine that appears cloudy (in a white) and can leave bits in the bottom of the bottle that can end up in the glass if you don’t decant. Some winemakers embrace this as a normal part of the process and choose to do nothing. In which case you sometimes see it mentioned as unfined, unfiltered.

There are a number of things that winemakers can do to remove this particulate matter if they so choose. They break down into two categories, (mechanical) filtering and using what’s called a fining agent. Filtering can be indiscriminate and remove more than a wine maker wants, resulting in altering the wine’s flavor and require cleaning. Fining uses a number of different types of agents, and is a place where a wine that is not vegan or vegetarian can come from. There maybe other ways a wine becomes not vegan/vegetarian but I am not aware of them. There’s a complete article on fining on wikipedia you can read if you like. But to give some examples of fining agents I will quote the relevant part of this article:

“Organic compounds used as fining agents are generally animal based, a possible cause of concern to vegans. The most common organic compounds used include egg whites, casein derived from milk, gelatin and isinglass obtained from the bladders of fish. Pulverized minerals and solid materials can also be used, with bentonite clay being one of the most common, thanks to its effectiveness in absorbing proteins and some bacteria. Activated carbon from charcoal is used to remove some phenols that contribute to browning as well as some particles that produce “off-odors” in the wine. In a process known as blue fining, potassium ferrocyanide is sometimes used to remove any copper and iron particles that have entered the wine from bentonite, metal winery and vineyard equipment, or vineyard sprays such as Bordeaux mixture. Because potassium ferrocyanide may form hydrogen cyanide its use is highly regulated and, in many wine producing countries, illegal.[7] Silica and kaolin are also sometimes used.[4]
Some countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, have wine labeling laws that require the use of fining agents that may be an allergenic substance to appear on the wine label.”

I reached out to Kacaba to get their take on the subject and got the following:
“There is no process to get a winery certified vegan or vegetarian right now. Here at Kacaba we do not use any animal based fining agents, we use bentonite that you mentioned in your article as a vegan and vegetarian friendly fining agent.”

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Culmina 2014 Cab sauv

I had the pleasure of being invited to a luncheon wine tasting with Sara Triggs from Culmina (which means peak in Latin) hosted by Woodman wine and Spirits at Kost. I had no idea the treat I was in for … The Triggs family have a long history in the wine industry having started Vincor. The story of Culmina is an interesting one with lots of careful research done to choose the site, and the specific varietal to plant in each of the 44 micro plots on 56 acres in Okanagan BC, a story best told by a Triggs!

This wine was one of my favs of the tasting. Inky dark in color with a bold expressive dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries and some mocha backed up by big bold tannins and lively acidity. This is a BIG wine. And this is after they double decanted the wine 3 hours before the tasting. This is the kind of wine Okanagan does amazingly well. If you like your wines soft and elegant … look somewhere else! I would give this a solid 90. Not in the LCBO but available by the case from Woodman wine and Spirits or direct from the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
A classic expression of Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of ripe blackberry, fresh sage, and cloves accented by a floral lift. The refined palate is mineral driven with a supple texture, bright currant flavours,and well-balanced toasted oak. The finish is long, charming, and persistent. $39

BRIX AT HARVEST 25
TITRATABLE ACIDITY 6.3 g/L pH 402
VINTAGE CONDITIONS RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.28 g/l.
ALCOHOL 14.000
ML FERMENTATION 100% malolactic
BARREL REGIME
100% French Oak 25% new 75% 1 yr old
MATURATION 16 months in barrel
BOTTLING DATE 2016
AGING POTENTIAL 2016-2024

Detailed wine information from the winery.

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2016 Jackson Triggs cellar selection sauv blanc

Pale in color with a nice citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice citrus notes, and some mild zest. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity. This is a milder more subtle but still varietal sauv blanc. I would give it an 88 or so. Approx $13.95 a bottle not in the LCBO, however conveniently sold at the Wine Rack which just happens to be located on my way out of Metro!!

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2015 Coffin Ridge Back from the dead red

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice dark berries along with some nice oaky notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some some nice smooth tannins and acidity along with some light mocha, rustic notes and some nice dryness. I would give it a solid 88.

From the LCBO web site:
Coffin Ridge Back From the Dead Red 2015 — VINTAGES#: 260463
STYLE – Light-bodied & Fruity
$19.00
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:September 30, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 11.2% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Coffin Ridge Boutique Winery Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Light-bodied & Fruity Varietal: Red Blend
Description: Coffin Ridge, Grey County’s first commercial vineyard, began in 2001 and has gradually expanded from five to 25 acres. This wine is 40% Maréchal Foch, 25% Baco Noir, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet. The Foch brings brambly character, while the Baco adds savoury spices to the overall picture of tangy red and dark berry fruit. Lightly chill and pair with bison burgers or grilled wild mushrooms.This is a VQA wine.

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2016 Ciu Ciu Bacchus (mini review)

Dark in color, on the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruits backed almost immediately by big firm tannins and strong acidity. This is a big wine, with nice complexity that transcend the low price. Shockingly so. Definitely a bruiser to the palate. Be sure and pair this with something hearty or you won’t be tasting your food. I would give it an 88 or so. Which for the price is a good deal. I think the wine might be a bit young, if you prefer your wines a little less bold, check back on it in about a year. But given the firm tannins I bet it has a decent shelf life. Sadly not in the LCBO but available for $15.95 a bottle, by the case from Le Sommelier. Surprisingly as you will so below it is an unoaked wine.

From the winery’s web site:
BACCHUS Rosso Piceno D.O.P.
This ruby red wine, with purple shades tending to orange is a product of Montepulciano and Sangiovese vines that are carefully grown on the Marches hills. The wine is harmoniously delicate and tannic. It is dry, full bodied and tastes faintly tannic. It expresses its finest characteristics between the first and the second year of its life, although further maturation gives it a greater equilibrium and smoothness.

GEOGRAPHIC PRODUCTION AREA: The towns of Offida and Acquaviva Picena, in Ascoli Piceno province
SOIL medium mixture, quite clayey
HEIGHT 300 metres above sea level
GROWING SYSTEM spur pruned cordon
HARVEST TIME: first ten days of October
GRAPES’ VARIETIES: Montepulciano and Sangiovese
WINE PRODUCTION traditional red fermentation, with daily “punching down” for approx 10 days
AGEING: 6 months in stainless steel vat
REFINING: 3 months in bottles
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS
Colour purple and bordeaux shades
Scent ethereal
Flavour harmonic, rich of taste, slightly tannic
Alcohol content 13,5%

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2016 Sacred hill sauv Blanc

My regular reader know I am a fan of Sauv blanc. Super versatile and food friendly. This one is pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely smooth grassy notes and elegant acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild pink grapefruit notes. This is definitely a softer gentler sauv blanc. I paired it with a pan friend chicken shnitzel and it went perfectly. I really enjoyed it. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 489112
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Sacred Hill Wines Ltd Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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2016 Cesari Bosan Ripasso (mini review)

For those not familiar with Ripasso’s they are a process used mostly in Italy where they take the grapes and re-pass them over the skins of another, typically more expensive wine. In this process the wine picks up a lot more complexity and depth than one would be able to get, all the while at a lower price point. This one is dark in color. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark berries and some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88+. Not in the LCBO but available for $34.95 from Profile Wine group

from the winery’s web site:
RIPASSO BOSAN – VALPOLICELLA RIPASSO DOC SUPERIORE
This Valpolicella superiore, created from a blend composed of 80% Corvina Veronese and 20% Rondinella grapes using the ripasso technique, which is born of experience in creating the famous Amarone Bosan. In the month of March it undergoes a second fermentation, around 15 days, on the lees of Amarone Bosan. The resulting wine has a powerful, soft and velvety body with a predominant cherry bouquet, along with pleasant hints of cocoa, tobacco and vanilla. An excellent accompaniment to game, grilled meats and casseroles as well as very mature cheeses.

Tasting description
Brilliant with intense purple colour, the bouquet expresses its complexity by notes of red fruits and spicy cherries. Full bodied and harmonic, slight acidity could be enjoyed in the aftertaste, smoothed out velvetly by hints of cocoa and toasted coffee.

Alcohol: 14.00%
Total acidity: 5.80 g/l.
Clean acidity: 0.60 g/l.
Reducing sugar: 7.5 g/l
Net dry extract: 30.1 g/l.

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2016 Sandbanks Pinot Grigio

I haven’t been back to Prince Edward County (PEC) in a while, but every year DrinkInc holds a County in the City event where you get to try a host of wines from PEC. It’s always a nice treat. This wine is from PEC, in case you thought the earlier comments were miscellaneous ramblings :). This wine is golden in color with a nice nose of peach. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice stone fruits, think peach and the link. It’s slightly sweet but not too much. On the lighter finish the wine’s sugar does not linger at all. This is definitely a fruit forward pinot grigio. Perfect as a summer sipper or a great wine for people just starting to explore wine. I would give it an 87-88, not bad at all.

From the LCBO web site:
Sandbanks Pinot Grigio VQA — LCBO#: 372219
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pale lemon; refreshing aromas of citrus, lemon, lime, white peach and pear; dry, light to medium body with more citrus flavours on the palate and a crisp clean finish. $15.95
Release Date:March 31, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Sandbanks Estate Winery Sugar Content:12 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry

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2015 Kacaba Cab/syrah

My regular readers know I am a fan of Kacaba winery. Their people are enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. No trip to Niagara is complete for me without stopping by Kacaba. They are quietly doing their thing advancing the wine industry in Niagara! This wine is inky dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with rich vibrant black cherries along with a bit of mocha. On the long finish the wine displays strong peppery notes, firm tannins and lively acidity. This is a bigger wine right now, for some it might be too young. If you prefer more finesse give it a couple years. Shelf life should be excellent for this wine, easily 5 years or more. Be sure and pair it with something hearty, I paired it with a striploin and it went perfectly. I would give it a solid 89, $29.95 at the winery if there are any left!

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2016 Stoneleigh Sauv blanc

I love sauv blancs, and love wineries that manage to consistently make great wines. This is one of those. Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild grassy notes along with some nice mild pink grapefruit notes along with some nice acidity. This is definitely a softer gentler sauv blanc. Not so in your face, more elegance. I paired it with a lovely roast pork tenderloin and it was a little piece of heaven. A perfect match I would give it an 88+. Which for the price is a good deal. Another consistent, well made New Zealand sauv blanc.

From the LCBO web site:
Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 293043
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Looking for something to please everyone? This famed New Zealand white has classic Sauvignon Blanc flavours of gooseberry, herbs and tropical fruit. It’s excellent with our scallops and chorizo bites. $17.95
Release Date:November 18, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: New Zealand By:Pernod Ricard Pacific Pty Ltd Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful

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Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013

We don’t get enough Okanagan wines in Ontario, so when I get a chance I jump in with both feet. Inky dark in color with a mild dark berry nose, about the only thing mild about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely black berries to match the nose, some nice mocha and oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely rich tannins and bold acidity. This is a slightly young wine, but I like my wines bigger anyway. I would give it an 88+ Very nice for the price. It should have some good longevity as well! The LCO say medium bodied and fruity? It’s a lot bigger than that would suggest IMHO. I would give it an 88+

From the LCBO web site:
Gray Monk Cabernet/Merlot 2013 — VINTAGES#: 464123
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Celebrating its 45th year of vineyard operations in 2017, Gray Monk is the oldest family-owned winery in British Columbia. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot shows juicy cherry and plum with a touch of oak influence and supple tannins. Pair with barbecued lamb chops and bell peppers. (Vintages panel, March 2017)
$20.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 19, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.4% Made in:British Columbia, Canada By: Gray Monk Cellars Ltd. Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2014 Miner Wild yeast Chard (mini review)

Another one from the Profile Group portfolio tasting, in fact my favorite of the night. Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with lots of apple and pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine’s elegance and complexity comes through. This not a over oaked chard but instead is rich and full bodied with lovely acidity. I would give this a solid 90. Available in cases of 6 for $63.95 a bottle.

from the winery’s web site:
Full-bodied and lush, yet never heavy, our Wild Yeast Chardonnay shows off flavors of ripe pear and melon with butterscotch and hazelnut notes balanced by oak spice and bright acidity. This is a wildly expressive wine that will reward a few years of patient cellaring, but can be enjoyed today, as well. The grapes are fermented using only indigenous or “wild” yeast cultures found on the skins of the grapes themselves, in the vineyards and within the walls of our winery.

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2016 Flaxbourne Sauv Blanc (mini review)

Pale in color with a mild slightly grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich grassy notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely grapefruit and firm acidity that build nicely in the mouth. This is a bigger bolder edgy sauv blanc. Yum, just the way I like them! I would give it an 88+ $18.95 a bottle in cases of 6 from Profile Wine group.

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2014 Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore Docg Chianti

A while back I did a tasting and write up on chiantis. I enjoy them, they pair well with rabbit and pastas. I even use a chianti to marinate my rabbit stew! This on is dark in color with a mild nose of red cherries and some dried fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some lively vibrant cherry and dried fruits to match the nose along with a hint of sweetness. This is definitely a fruit forward varietal chianti. On the medium length finish there’s some mild tannins and acidity. A very food friendly wine. I paired it with veal schnitzel and it went well. I would give it an -88 which is not a bad deal. This is in the general list at the LCBO.

From the LCBO web site:
Vinetti De Fiorini Chianti Superiore Docg — LCBO#: 488577
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
$14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Gustinvest Spa Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

From the winery:
AGE OF VINES: 20-30 years old
HARVEST TIME: Last ten days of September; manual
VINIFICATION METHOD: Special rolling presses are used to treat the grapes as gently as possible. Fruit is then placed in temperature-controlled tanks. After fermentation, the wine is filtered and fine-tuned in casks located in cellars provided with temperature and humidity control, where it remains for at least 12 months — until sampled by the Official DOCG Commission for final approval before bottling.
ALCOHOL CONT. BY VOL.: 12.5%
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 17-180 C (62.6-64.40 F)
FOOD PAIRINGS: Red meat, roasts, spicy or flavorful pasta and Mediterranean dishes.
TASTING NOTES
COLOR: Deep ruby red with purple reflections
BOUQUET: Intense and characteristic, fruity with violet notes
PALATE: Round and fruity, well balanced components fine-tuned by ageing in traditional casks; long, consistent finish

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2016 Chateau Haut Selve white (mini review)

Pale in color with a slightly floral and citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively food friendly acidity. A beautiful expression of sauv blanc with floral notes coming through from the semillon and sauv gris. I would give it an 88+ $26.95 a bottle from Profile Wine Group

From the winery’s web site:
CHÂTEAU HAUT SELVE BLANC 2016
Unique creation in the 20th century in Bordeaux, Château Haut Selve offers a Graves Blanc with a citrus attack that develops in roundness, due to an assemblage that gives pride to the supple grape varieties that are the Sauvignon blanc, semillon, and sauv gris (50%/40%/10%) and ends slowly on a mineral note, echoing the rocky soil where its grapes grow.

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Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut (mini review)

I enjoy Proseccos … super food friendly. The other night I had a little dinner part complete with charcuterie platter and started off with a Proseco. They are super food friendly cut through fatty or spicy foods easily. Yum. This one pale in color with nice crisp nose. On the mid palate it matches the nose with lovely crisp dry notes, some citrus flavors and lovely minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovey acidity, another lovely Prosecco. I would give it an 88 or so which for the price is a good deal!

From the LCBO web site:
Mionetto Prestige Prosecco Treviso Doc Brut — LCBO#: 483339
STYLE – Light & Fruity
$13.95WAS $16.95 SAVE $3.00 Limited Time Offer Until October 8, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 11.0% Made in: Veneto, Italy By:Henkell & Sohnlein Sektkellereien Sugar Content:11 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Light & Fruity

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2014 Redstone cab franc

Every now and then my hobbies overlap. In this case I was down in Niagara to paddle Jordan Harbour in my Kayak. Afterwards I was hungry so slipped over to Redstone’s patio for lunch and some tasting. I had previously stopped by Redstone and was impressed so decided to stop by again and was rewarded. They have a lovely patio and I chose this wine to go with Elk Stroganoff. Both were positively delicious. Staff on the patio were attentive and knowledgeable.

Inky dark in color with a lovely expressive cab franc nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely varietal cab franc flavors. This is a spot on, well made bold wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely tanins and bright acidity. It paired perfectly with the elk. I would give it -89. $39.95 at the winery. Unfortunately when I went into the tasting bar it was stupid busy, staff were distracted and not able to answer questions, so I didn’t get a chance to try any others 🙁

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