2013 Montes Alpha Cab Sauv (mini review)

Dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice soft red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, acidity and some ncie dryness. The LCBO description seems accurate full bodied and smooth. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet/Merlot — VINTAGES#: 322586
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile By: Montes S.A.Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Description: What do you get when you combine one of Chile’s most renowned producers with the world’s most famous grape? Near perfection, that’s what. Concentrated, complex and generously fruity and fresh. Enjoy this with grilled meats and people you wish to impress.

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2014 Joie Pinot Noir (non reserve) mini review

Garnet in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some soft red berries, think raspberry, along with some nice rustic notes, spot on varietal. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is a softer, gentler, food friendly Pinot Noir. I would give it an 88 or so, quite nice. Sadly not in the LCBO and they do not seem to have an Ontario rep, so you will have to take a trip to the winery in BC. Shame that is 🙂

From the Winery’s web site:

Pinot Noir 100%
Trout Creek Vineyard, Summerland (clone 777)
This is It Vineyard, Naramata (clones 115, 667, 777)
Albrecht Family Vineyard, Naramata (clones 667, 777, 828)
Plein de Vie Vineyard, Penticton (clones 667, 115)

Residual Sugar – 1.7g/L, Alcohol – 13% Price – $25.90 BC & Winery Direct Production – 507 cases

We work with Pinot Noir because we feel that it naturally excels in the cool climate desert of south-central British
Columbia. The superiority of the Burgundian varietals to our terroir is undeniable, but of equal importance is their
compatibility with the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. This pinot noir is a blend of two vineyards made in a fruit forward
style for early drinking. Pleasant acidity is balanced with bright cherry fruit.
2014 VINTAGE REPORT
2014 was a quality vintage. April was warm and pleasant, encouraging budbreak in the first week of May. A typical, rainy
June created rapid growth by early July, and veraison was even and complete by mid-August. Above average temperatures
continuing from July through September meant quick and even ripening until a temperature dip at the beginning of harvest
slowed the vines and ended the sugar spike, but al lowed three weeks of further flavour development. A warm, dry October
allowed for extended hang times producing flavourful grapes with full phenolic ripeness and complex flavour. Overall, we
saw higher than normal brix levels – achieved early due to the summer heat – but fresh acidity and ripe flavours that came
with our typical long harvest period. 2014 was a stunning vintage.
VINIFICATION
The fruit was hand picked and a sorting table was utilized to select only the best fruit. A portion of the fruit was selected
to be crushed and de-stemmed and then fermented in small open top 500L fermenters and the balance was
fermented in a large 25hl open top wooden cask. Our red fermentation technique revolves around small lots, which
allows for complexity with yeast strain selection, temperature control, gentle handling of fruit, and ease of punch
downs. This style of red fermentation allows us to preserve fresh fruit character. After fermentation, the wines were
gently pressed off the skins, settled for 24 hours, racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation and then aged for
10 months in a mix of large 25hl wooden casks, puncheons and barriques on fine lees. This mix is intentionally larger
format to provide a larger wine to wood ratio as not to overwhelm the delicate fruit profile of this pinot noir. Our
barrel program combines Allier and Vosges oak from two Burgundian coopers, Billon and Damy. We chose a medium
toast for the barrels which allows the wine to express a savoury component of coffee and bacon as a nice
counterpoint to the sweet fruit. 20% new wood is refreshed into this program each year in the form of puncheon.
After a winter and spring of barrel age, the wine was then cross-flow filtered pre-bottling, in order to gently
focus the layers of the wine. We chose a stelvin closure to best preserve the wine’s lively characteristics. The 2014
Pinot Nair was aged for a year in bottle before release.
TASTING NOTES
The deep, black cherry colour is suggestive of the intense core of juicy cherry fruit found in the glass. Sweet spice on
the nose carries through to the palate and is balanced by savoury coffee and tar notes. This a pretty, yet powerful pinot
noir. An excellent pairing for charcuterie, duck, salmon and coastal mushroom dishes.

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2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a nice albeit mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine diplays some lovely fruit, apple and pear to match the nose. This is well done! On the medium length finish the wine some nice oaky notes along with some lovely dryness and vanilla. This is a lovely smooth well made chard, but one you need to be super careful with in terms of temperature. Too cold and you will think it’s light and crisp as the LCBO describe it. Let it warm up and some very nice complexity comes to light. I would give this an 88-89. The price is creaping up there but it is quite good. Yumm. As usual, perfect pairing is scallops but be gentle this wine is subtle. A lot of the complexities are best appreciated when sipped on it’s own. Niagara can make some lovely chards and this is definitely one of them. It’s from the Beamsville Bench.

From the LCBOs web site:
2027 Cellars Aberdeen Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 472241
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Spice box, Key lime and persimmon aromas herald a mid-weight splendidly textured, medium-weight mouthful of tangy lemon-lime yoghurt, poached pear and spice-laden peach skin. This is crowd-friendly and delicious with all moving parts in synch – excellent tang balanced with ripe fruit, firm structure juxtaposed with soft creamy texture, striking individual aromas and flavours tempered with a lingering, pleasing finish and aftertaste. It’s like meeting up and spending time with an old friend. Score – 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Jan. 18, 2016) $30.00
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 26, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.8% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:2027 Cellars Ltd.Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Light & Crisp

A little about 2027:
You won’t find 2027 Cellars on a wine route map
Research and his international experience led Kevin to establish 2027 Cellars – a virtual winery. What is a virtual winery you ask? Essentially, it is a winery within a winery. By sharing space & equipment at Featherstone Estate Winery where he is the assistant winemaker, Kevin has made a business arrangement with Featherstone’s owners – David Johnson & Louise Engel – to make wines at their facility under a different brand and name. This enables Kevin to realize his dream of his own winery with low capital costs and also allows for Kevin to cultivate and harvest grapes from select mature vineyards owned by other wineries or grape growers in distinct Niagara sub-appellations. This approach underlies Kevin’s philosophy of winemaking – to meticulously manage the vineyards so that his small batch of handcrafted wines express the unique varietal character and distinct terroir of each vineyard. You will see what we mean when you have a sip of the outstanding wines in this month’s Savvy Selections. For starters, you will notice that the labels identify the vineyard name where Kevin sourced the grapes for the specific wine. (From a post dated 2013).

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Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays blackberries to match the nose. On the medium length finish there’s some noticeable oak along with some tannins and acidity. Honestly this wine reminded me a lot of a Zinfandel. If I pretend this is a Zin it’s lovely. If I was looking for a cab, not so much. So if you can get your head around that then it’s a nice wine. The back of the bottle doesn’t say anything about the wine itself, more about the story, blah blah bah. Now I love when a wine has a good story but please tell me something about the wine … ANYTHING 🙂 I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Light Horse Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 — VINTAGES#: 479113
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Woodsy with apparent aromas of blossom, pepper, and luscious Bing cherry. There are suggestions of tangerine as well. Vivid red berries and toasted oak frame the palate with a touch of cinnamon and red plum. Supple and smooth on the finish. Very Good. Strong Recommendation. Score – 89. (Ultimate Wine Challenge, 2016) $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 4, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: California, USA By:Jamieson Ranch Sugar Content:8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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2014 Beringers Founders Chard

Pale in color with a mild slightly odd nose. Nothing I can place. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal chard fruit, pear really coming through along with some apple. On the medium length finish the pear comes through along with some mild oak/vanilla notes. This is a gently oaked chard. I would give it an 87-88. Frankly I think I prefer the Sterling Vintners reserve. The LCBO call it full bodied and rich? Ya I wouldn’t got there … at all. This is a general list product.

From the LCBO web site:
Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay — LCBO#: 534230
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Bright gold colour; spicy, toasty vanilla and tropical notes on the nose; full-bodied on the palate with forward apple citrus fruit and vanilla notes; well-balanced with a long finish. $17.95
Release Date:January 1, 2001
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: USA By:Beringer Vineyards Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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2015 Bishop Shiraz (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lots of lovely black berries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. This is an easy sipping/drinking Shiraz with little to no pepper on the finish. It should be quit food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so. Now while I liked it, I then saw the price and got sticker shock …

From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz 2013 — VINTAGES#: 627869
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
From the Ebenezer district of the Barossa Valley, and made in the inimitable plush and velvety style of Ben Glaetzer, dripping with black fruits, oak and soft, ripe tannins; retains remarkable equilibrium in the face of the cornucopia of flavours, and no heat from the alcohol. Drink by: 2033. Score – 95. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) $39.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:February 20, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 15.1% Made in:South Australia, Australia By: Ben Glaetzer Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2014 Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay mini review

Slightly golden in color with a mild, varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice mild vanilla and butterscotch. The fruit builds nicely in the mouth. This is a smooth lightly oaked (8 months) chard. Not a bad deal for the price. I would give it an 88 or so. Be careful to not serve this too cold or it will come across as bland. Note this is a general list product, not vintages (so you know where to look in your LCBO!). The LCBO call it light and Crisp, I think I’d agree.This is one of those Chards unoaked Chard lovers might be ok with …

from the LCBO web site:
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay VQA — LCBO#: 281212
Mission Hill Five Vineyards Chardonnay VQA
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Straw yellow colour; pear, golden apple and touch citrus in the nose; juicy pear, apple and lemon flavours with balanced acidity
$15.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 11, 2012
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:British Columbia, Canada By: Mission Hill Vineyards Inc. Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp

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G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014

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Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. On the mid palate the wine displays traditional apple and pear notes. On the medium length finish there are some nice smooth vanilla and oak notes. This is barrel aged but the oak is by no means over the top. A lovely well made Niagara on the lake chard from Magnotta (although they seem to almost hide that fact). I would give it an 88 or so … We paired it with some pan seared scallops and it went well!

From the LCBO web site:
G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014 — VINTAGES#: 258681
G. Marquis The Silver Line Chardonnay 2014
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Bright, elegant style of Chard showing lemon and apple fruit, ginger, vanilla and floral notes, with a hint of toast. Pair with roast pork or chicken, or turkey dinner. (VINTAGES panel, March 2016) $17.95

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2009 Hidden Bench Felseck vineyard Pinot Noir

I’ve had this one in my cellar for quite a while now and thought it was time to crack it. Couldn’t wait any longer 🙂 Nice garnet in color with a lovely varietal rustic nose along with some typical barnyard, earthy hints. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal pinot noir notes to match the nose. Soft red berries, rustic notes and the like. On the medium length finish the wine still has some lovely lively acidity and tannins. This is still a beautiful wine and could have cellared even longer. I would give it an 89+. It was $29.95 at the winery. Yumm.

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Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009

Dark in color with a nice fruity red berry nose. About the only thing fruity about this wine. On the mid palate the wine displays some red berry notes to match the nose along with some noticeable oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins, nice dryness and lively acidity. The wine is a little young. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009 — VINTAGES#: 177295
Rivera Il Falcone Riserva Castel del Monte 2009
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
The 2009 Castel del Monte Il Falcone Riserva does a great job of highlighting the Nero di Troia element of this blend. The wine is composed of 70% Nero di Troia and 30% Montepulciano, but with this balanced vintage we get a better view of this special native grape of Puglia. The bouquet boasts a wild side with bramble, forest berry and pressed violets. Other aromatic components include toasted nut, licorice and tar. The tannins are softly polished and help to give the wine a silky texture. This may be the best vintage of Il Falcone Riserva that I have come across. Score – 93. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, March 23, 2015) $23.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 12, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Puglia, Italy By: Azienda Vinicola Rivera Spa Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Nero di Troia

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St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark berries/cherries to match the nose along with some nice oak notes along with some nice mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and vibrant acidity. A lovely well made cab sauv. We paired it with a filet mignon and it went brilliantly. Yumm. I would give it an 89+.

From the LCBO web site:
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 671164
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
This is a deeply coloured, nicely rich yet quite well structured cabernet – as are so many 2013s from California. It has a classic, lifted nose of blackcurrants, herbs, dark chocolate and some oak sheen. It’s full bodied, fairly dense and still youthfully tannic but it is balanced. The length is very good to excellent. Good value in the overpriced universe of California cabs. Score – 91. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, July 20, 2016)
$29.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.6% Made in: California, USA By: Kobrand Corporation Sugar Content:13 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2012 Château Argadens Bordeaux

I last reviewed the 2011 which I only had a tasting of so I thought I would grab a bottle of it. The wine is a vinatges essential so available in many LCBO web stores. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palatte the wine displays some rich dark berries to match the nose along with some oak notes, mocha and chocolate. On the medium length finish the wine lingers really nicely in the mouth along with some vibrant acidity, some nice smooth tannins and some nice dryness. There’s some nice complexity to the wine not common at this price point. This is a lovely, typical, varietal bordeaux. I would give it an 88+. Very nice and worth a go. But be sure and pair it with something hearty so it can stand up to the wine!

From the LCBO web site:

From the LCBO’s web site:
Château Argadens Bordeaux — VINTAGES#: 681643
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
$17.95
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Bordeaux, France By:Maison SichelSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:BordeauxDescriptionThe Sichel family of Château Palmer fame has been a part of winemaking in Bordeaux for some six generations. Always a great value, this popular, classically framed blend of Merlot and Cabernet is a great choice for grilled lamb.

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Bogle Essential Red 2014

This is another excellent red from Bogle. Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherry fruit. The cab sauv is really coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity, mild tannins and noticeable alcohol. A little breathing or ageing would help this out easily. I would give it a solid 88. Yum

From the LCBO web site:
Bogle Essential Red 2014 — VINTAGES#: 394452
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:January 21, 2017
Alcohol/Vol13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Bogle Winery Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
Description: The Bogle family blends old vine Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah to make this wine and ages it in oak for 12 months. Expect jammy fruit with notions of cedar and cocoa. The producer suggests pairings of burgers, blue cheeses or dark chocolate macarons.

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Château Argadens Bordeaux 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and lively acidity along with some noticeable alcohol. I would give it an 88-89. A very nice deal indeed for the price!

From the LCBO’s web site:
Château Argadens Bordeaux — VINTAGES#: 681643
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
$17.95
Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Bordeaux, France By:Maison SichelSugar Content:3 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:BordeauxDescriptionThe Sichel family of Château Palmer fame has been a part of winemaking in Bordeaux for some six generations. Always a great value, this popular, classically framed blend of Merlot and Cabernet is a great choice for grilled lamb.

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Calera Mount Harlan 2012 Chardonnay mini review

Pale in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich varietal fruit, nice apple/pear and vanilla. On the medium length finish the vanilla lives on nicely in the mouth. This is a well oaked chard. Right up my alley. I would give it an 89 or so. Yumm Full bodied and rich is what the LCBO calls it and I would agree!

From the LCBO for a different year:
Calera Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 968925
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich $44.25
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:March 21, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in:California, USA By: Calera Wine Co Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich Varietal:Chardonnay Description’Yes, Josh Jenson is nuts about limestone. That single word distinguishes this tiny region from everything else in California. Mount Harlan provides California with just about our only window on the French claim about the importance of this bedrock to their great Burgundies. There are, to be sure, other calcareous areas, notably the shales of Paso Robles west side, but true limestone is not a California thing’ (Clark Smith, appellationamerica.com, May 12, 2009). Serious Chardonnay fanatics won’t want to miss this uniquely mineral expression of Cali’s microscopic Mt. Harlan AVA, which contains just one winery: Calera.

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2014 Stoney Rdige Cab Franc

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice red cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some smooth tannins and dryness. This is definitely a softer milder cab franc. Very approachable and an easy drinker. I would give it an 88 or so, given the price is not a bad deal at all.

From the LCBO web site:
Stoney Ridge Cabernet Franc — LCBO#: 369702
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Stoney Ridge Cellars Ltd. Sugar Content:6 g/LSweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Medium-bodied & FruityVarietal:Cabernet FrancDescriptionLook for this Cabernet Franc to deliver complex and layered aromas of dark fruit, earth and oak tones. The palate will be balanced and integrated with black fruit, earth and spice undertones.This is a VQA wine.

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14 Hands 2014 Chard

I’ve been on a roll of good chards lately … This is another one. Pale to slightly golden in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice toasty vanilla notes and some nice acidity. The fruit on this one is nice and expressive. A well made, not over oaked shard. I wuold give it an 88-89. Very nice for the price. Full bodied and rich.

14 Hands Chardonnay 2014 — VINTAGES#: 468546
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
14 Hands is named for the small but resilient wild horses that were once found throughout the Columbia River Basin. This Chardonnay has a soft caramel and oak undertone that supports the leading apple, citrus and mineral tones. Crafted in an easy-to-enjoy style, this is fresh and long with a creamy mouth feel. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2016) $18.95

Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Washington, USA By: Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013

Dark in color with a mild red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dried fruits and red cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smooth tannins, nice dryness and complexity. I would give it an 89, another perfect example of a Chianti classico. I paired it with a home made rabbit stew and it went well. The complexity and dryness are subtle so best appreciated without food.

From the LCBO web site:
Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico 2013 — VINTAGES#: 3962
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Here is Barone Ricasoli’s bread and butter wine. Some 600,000 bottles of the 2013 Chianti Classico Brolio were made and all the fruit that goes into this wine is estate-grown. This is a powerhouse wine in terms of production numbers and the 2013 vintage is an especially delicious one. I highly recommend this excellent value wine. The wine shows crunchy tannins and youthful fruit nuances with bright cherry and blackberry. The mouthfeel is generous and fresh. Score – 91. (Monica Larner, robertparker.com, Sept. 21, 2015)
$22.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By:Casa Vinicola Barone Ricasoli Spa Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Sangiovese Blend

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Barbuntín Albarino 2014

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Albarino’s inc ase you don’t know them can be nice crisp dry wines from Spain. This particular one is golden in color with a mild nose, with some minerality coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild green apple notes along with minerality to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp dry acidity that builds in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. Very food friendly. A perfect example of an Albarino.

From the LCBO web site:
Barbuntín Albarino 2014 — VINTAGES#: 461285
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Quince, green apple and chinimoya [custard apple] nose with a concentrated lemony savoury palate and a clean saline finish. Score – Silver Medal. (International Wine Challenge, 2016) $17.95

Release Date:November 26, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Rias Baixas, Spain By: Quinta de Couselo Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle:Light & Crisp

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2013 St Francis Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate this is a lovely smooth cab sauv with lots of nice red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins along with some nice dryness that builds and lingers in the mouth. There’s a nice bit of complexity to this wine. It’s a more subtle well made cab yumm. I would give it an 89+. Very food friendly. We paired it with steak and it went REALLY well 🙂 I would agree with the LCBO’s description of full bodied and smooth. By the way, I had the 2012 at Quinns and it was equally as yummy.

From the LCBO web site:
St. Francis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 671164
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
This is a deeply coloured, nicely rich yet quite well structured cabernet – as are so many 2013s from California. It has a classic, lifted nose of blackcurrants, herbs, dark chocolate and some oak sheen. It’s full bodied, fairly dense and still youthfully tannic but it is balanced. The length is very good to excellent. Good value in the overpriced universe of California cabs. Score – 91. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, July 20, 2016) $29.95

Release Date:December 10, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.6% Made in: California, USA By: Kobrand Corporation Sugar Content:13 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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2014 Peller Private reserve Pinot noir

I enjoy my pinot noirs and Niagara make some fabulous ones! They are super food friendly. This one is garnet in color with a with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth softer light red berry notes along with some varietal rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and soft tannins. This is definitely a softer gentler pinot. It subtly grows in the mouth. I would give it an 88 or so. $25 at the winery.

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Two sisters 2015 Oaked chardonnay mini review

It’s not unusual for wineries to purchase grapes to broaden their offerings or simply to keep the production facilities busy. Idle equipment = lost revenue. It’s always a shame when these wineries purchase grapes from outside their appelation. Two sisters are doing some great work on their reds, only reds in fact are grown on the property. So they purchases the grapes for this chard from Beamsville from Daniel Lenko. They were quite up front about this, which I applaud. So right off the bat this wine is going to have to win me over past my biases … This wine spent 7 months in oak. Pale in color with a softer varietal nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely expressive apple and pear. Beautiful fruit. Oh oh, a chink in the armor is revealing itself. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely vanilla notes along with some smooth acidity. I like my chards and I have to say this is a good one. I would give it an 89+, very nice. Not over baked, not unoaked, just right. This is one of the better chards coming out of Niagara right now. Yumm

From the winery’s web site:
2015 CHARDONNAY $49.00
Hand-harvested and barrel fermented for 7 months in French oak, this Chardonnay has impressions of citrus fruit, yellow apple and grilled pineapple on the nose. With great weight balanced weight, there is an intricate backbone of minerality with expands to a creamy, floral finish. Great acidity throughout makes this an excellent candidate for the cellar.

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2014 Peppoli Chianti Classico

A while back I did a writeup after a tasting of a bunch of chianti’s from Gabbiano. I learned lots about the region. This chianti classico has seen some time in oak, and then some bottle aging. Nothing specific on the bottle as to length of time in each. On the nose the wine displays some nice soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely soft red berries along with some typical dried fruit flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively, bright acidity along with some nice smooth tannins and some smokey notes. A classic chianti, pun intended. I would give it an 88 or so. This is a vintages essential product so readily available. A perfect companion for pastas, pizzas or rabbit!

from the LCBO web site:
Antinori Pèppoli Chianti Classico — VINTAGES#: 606541
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $19.95

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Tuscany, Italy By: Marchesi Antinori S.P.A.Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity Varietal:Sangiovese DescriptionA food-friendly Chianti Classico made on the historic Pèppoli estate, whose vineyards date back to the middle ages. Features cherry, currant, leather and herbal notes. Pair with homemade pizza, cured meats or pasta with Bolognese sauce.

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2014 Peller Signature series sauv blanc (mini review)

This sauv blanc has been aged in oak for 1 year. Most sauv blancs from New Zealand for example see no oak. In California an oaked sauv blanc is called a fume blanc. This one is pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some subtle citrus notes along with some nice minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm and acidity and builds slightly in the mouth. This is definitely a more subdued sauv blanc, I suspect due to the oaking. I prefer mine a bit more edgy but it is a nice wine none the less and will be very food friendly. An easy sipper. I would give an 88- or so. It’s $30.20 at the winery.

from the winery’s web site (for the 2013 vintage):
Harvested from estate owned vinyeards and our long-standing growers in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Only premium free-run juice from Sauvignon Blanc grapes were used for full expression of the fruit. A small portion of the juice began spontaneous fermention using wild yeast from the vineyard, then aged in barrel (the wild yeast contributes to aromas and complexity). 80% of the juice was barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels (new and older barrels) to develop a rich, complex mouthfeel. 20% of the juice was fermented in our concrete ‘Egg’ to enhance mouthfeel and texture, then transferred to barrel for aging.

Serve with grilled halibut with a barbecued corn salsa; smoked salmon and trout appetizers; creamy pasta dishes with smoked salmon and asparagus; buttered grilled asparagus; herbed roast chicken; smoked turkey; smoked cheeses. Enjoy lightly chilled at 14 to 16°C. Drink now through 2017.

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2013 Sterling Chard

Th Californians are making great strides at dialing down the oak on the chards and letting the fruit shine through. I submit this as an example. Pale to golden in color with a mild varietal nose. On the mid palate the chard fruit shines through with some lovely apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely smokey, oaky notes along with some spicy notes. This is a lovely smooth varietal chard. Not over baked. It’s nice crisp and dry. I would give it a solid 89 which for the price is a great deal!

Sterling Chardonnay 2013 — VINTAGES#: 330233
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 12, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By:Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich Varietal:ChardonnayDescriptionFounded in 1964, Sterling is both one of the foundational properties in Napa Valley and one of the first to work with Chardonnay. Their 2013 is sourced from sites in the southern reaches of the Napa Valley, and features fruit from cool-climate locations in Carneros. You can expect this to offer the bright and balanced acidity typical of these sites. It will be a great match for buttered shrimp. #22.95

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