2013 Stags’ Leap Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate this is a big rich juicy red cherry fruit forward cab. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper and spice along with some lovely acidity. I would give it an 88-89

From the LCBO web site:
Stags’ Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon — VINTAGES#: 996405
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Stags’ Leap Winery is more than a deer crossing. Layered and complex, this wine features aromas and flavours of cassis, black cherry, cinnamon and woodsmoke. Cellar this powerhouse for up to 5 years, or enjoy tonight with rare steaks, roast beef or lamb.

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: California, USA By: Treasury Wine Estates Sugar Content: 9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm
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2014 Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some varietal apple/pear. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild oak notes. This is a lightly oaked chard with some nice fruit. It’s not overly complex. I would give it an 88 or so. Depending on your tastes it’s not a bad chard. For me it’s a little on the milder side.

From the LCBO web site:
Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay Marlborough
Chardonnay — LCBO#: 417618
Saint Clair Family Estate Chardonnay Marlborough
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Clear pale lemon yellow colour; medium intensity aroma of ripe apple, citrus and melon, with a hint of spicy oak; very dry, with light body and lively acidity; flavours of ripe tree fruit and citrus, with nuances of sweet, spicy oak; medium length finish.
$16.85

Release Date:October 23, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Saint Clair Wines Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp
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SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dry tannins along with some nice complexity in the mouth. This wine is all about the finish, but the fruit is sadly lacking and over powered. I would give it an 87-88. Not a horrible wine by any means but not as good as past years either.

From the LCBO web site:
SIMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 Alexander Valley, Sonoma County TASTING NOTE: Bold, supple blue fruit gives this cabernet an impression of simple, healthy richness, while that exuberance is held in check by a tannic grip that seems to come from fruit skin as much as oak. It’s already accessible, but may gain additional dimension with a few years
in bottle. Well-priced and smartly crafted, it’s a wine for roast beef. Score: 90 (wineandspirits – magazine.com, Dec. 2015) Full-bodied & Firm 25221 (XD) 750 mL $24.95

Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: California, USA By: Constellation Brands Inc. (Us)Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

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2013 Kacaba Cab Franc

Niagara cab francs are some of my fav wines. They have really gone through a fabulous evolution of the years. For a long time they were edgy tannic monsters you didn’t dare approach for 5-10 years. Over time the wineries have learned to tame the beast and come up with a wine just like this one. Kacaba have been doing some great things for a number of years now, and regular readers know I’m a fan and visit the winery often. The staff are amazing (and no, they don’t pay me to advertise for them :)). Dark in with a nice varietal dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich dark cherry fruit along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity and some fine but firm tannins. There is some noticeable oak on the wine. Alcohol is well under control. This is a perfect example of a well done, elegant styled cab franc … yumm. I would give it an 89. Pair it with something like steak/lamb. Looks like the winery is onto the 2014 vintage of the wine. I paid $24.94 at the winery.

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2007 Closson Chase South Clos Chardonnay

When people think of ageable wines most think of red wines. I submit this one for your consideration. It’s not my first oak aged chard I have aged and been very happy with the result. Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose. The fruit is still coming through on the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich bold apple and pear. On the medium length finish the wine is showing huge oak, and vanilla. This wine has aged extremely well. I would give it an 89+. But if you don’t like oak aged chards skip this one because the oak is really prevalent even now. It’s not to the point of over baked but it is heavily crafted. I bought this one at the winery a long time ago and paid $40 for it. Yumm. We paired it with a pan seared cod and scallops and it went very well.

From the winery’s web site:
Release Date: Sept 2009
Appellation: 100% Prince Edward County
Harvest: Hand harvested September 30, 2007 2.1 ton/acre Barrel fermented with indigenous yeast
In barrel, March 2008 19 months 26% New French Oak, 13.7% alcohol. 3204 Bottles made.

Tasting Notes:
www.clossonchase.com 629 Closson Road, Hillier, Ontario, K0K 2J0 info@clossonchase.com
Closson Chase Vineyards Inc. T) 613.399.1418 F) 613.399.1618 Wine Maker: Deborah Paskus
September, 2009 Very rich and opulent on the nose: sweet and rich and round. More Californian than anything else really with
just a hint of popcorn. Big and bold, but not fat. Drink 2009-2012 ~ Jancis Robinson, Seriously Cool Chardonnays Taste
Event,London, England, May 2010 This Chardonnay was selected from our older section of the vineyard, and represents the best of the Chardonnay harvest. The nose is rich and warm with great balance of aromas contributed by the fruit, the barrel and the
19 months of aging, in barrel. Peach juice, orange peel, home made apple sauce, butter, toast crumbs, cedar, taffy. The structure is the true feature of this wine, a result of the vines feet being in a home of gravel and fractured limestone. Should age well.
~ Deborah Paskus, Viticulturalist

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Lungarotti Rubesco Sangiovese/Colorino 2012

Dark in color with a mild red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice red berries and dried fruits to match the nose. There’s some noticeable oak present as well. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins, some vibrant acidity and some nice dryness. I would give it an 88 or so. We paired it with a filet mignon and it went well. It’s a simple well made fruit forward Sangiovese. Medium body and fruity as the LCBO characterize it is spot on.

from the LCBO web site:
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Subtle aromas of plums and spices such as incense and cloves with some dried rose petal. Full body with round, soft tannins. Tangy acidity and a long, flavorful finish. Solid wine as always. Drink now. Score – 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Oct. 29, 2015) $17.95

Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:Umbria, Italy By:Cantine Dr. G. Lungarotti & Co Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

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COLUMBIA CREST H3 MERLOT 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a dark berry nose with a hint of plum coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich dark cherries and a hint of plum. On the medium length finish there’s some nice tannins and dryness. I would give it an 88 or so. More like a cab than a Merlot but good none the less. I would agree full bodied and smooth as the LCBO describes it.

From the LCBO web site:
COLUMBIA CREST H3 MERLOT 2013 Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley
This wine is sibling to the tremendously popular Vintages Essential (210047), Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon.
TASTING NOTE: Outstanding wine and value. Rich with ripe red raspberry and dark chocolate. Long intense finish. An elegant mouthfeel full of luscious flavors that keep on evolving. Score: 93 (Tasting panel, Cheers, Sept. 18, 2015) Full-bodied & Smooth 209874 (D) 750 mL $19.95

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Washington, USA By:Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth
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BEST’S BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2013 mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black fruit. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black fruit to match the nose, blueberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and dryness. A very nice varietal Aussie Shiraz. Not too overpowering, not too sweet. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
BEST’S BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2013 Great Western, Victoria The year 2016 marks 150 years since Henry Best purchased this property and began clearing the land and planting grape vines.
TASTING NOTE: Deep, dense crimson-purple; savoury/foresty nuances provide the backdrop for the black fruits and licorice aromas and flavours; maturation in large-format French oak has kept the wine fresh and firm, with a minimum 25-year future. Drink By: 2038. Score: 94 (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) Full-bodied & Firm 222323 (D) 750 mL $19.95

Release Date:August 6, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Victoria, Australia By:Best’s Wines Pty Ltd Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm 2016 marks the 150th anniversary since Henry Best purchased the property and began clearing the land and planting grape vines.
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2016 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc

I’ve had this one over many different vintages and it is consistently good. Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp lively acidity. This is a varietal food friendly sauv blanc. I love sauv blancs. One of my fav whites these days. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site:
Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 426601
Style – Light & Crisp  ›
Pale straw colour; intense aromas of gooseberry, lime, grass and asparagus; dry, medium bodied, crisp acidity, and flavours of bell pepper, gooseberry citrus; clean, crisp finish. $17.45

Release Date: September 22, 2010 Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Villa Maria Estates Ltd. Sugar Content: 6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Light & Crisp
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Alejandro Fernández Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries and oak. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, oaky notes and some nice chocolate and coffee. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88-89. Very nice.

From the LCBO web site:
Alejandro Fernández Dehesa La Granja 2008 Tempranillo — VINTAGES#: 192476

Style – Full-bodied & Smooth  ›
This is pedigree wine at a relatively affordable price. Alejandro Fernandez, producer of one of Spain’s most noteworthy labels, Tinto Pesquera, turns out this excellent, aged red from a property in Zamora near northern Portugal. A subtle whiff of funky barnyard air greets the nose, leading to a smooth, supple palate redolent of plum, spicy oak and black pepper. Big but, remarkably, unheavy. Pair it with roast lamb, pork or poultry, the more herbs the better. Score – 91. (Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail, Nov. 17, 2015) $19.95

Release Date: July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 14.3% Made in: Castilla y León, Spain By: Bodegas Fernandez Rivera Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
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2015 Anselmi San Vincenzo

Things have been a bit busy in life lately, sorry for being a sparse on the reviews. This one is pale in color with a slightly floral nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some floral notes to match the nose along with some slightly sweet, slightly citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lingering tartness that lives on in the mouth especially without food. The wine is crisp, dry and flavorful. I would give it an 88 or so. Not going to replace sauv blanc as my fav, but good none the less.

From the LCBO web site:
Anselmi San Vincenzo Garganega Blend — VINTAGES#: 948158
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $15.45 WAS $16.95 SAVE $1.50 Limited Time Offer Until August 14, 2016

Release Date:April 1, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.7% Made in: Veneto, Italy By: Anselmi Sugar Content:11 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Garganega Blend Description Fans of Soave will love this wine — it’s made with the same grape (Garganega) and it’s intense and complex, with exotic aromas of lavender, toast, peach and pineapple. A suave match for pasta in creamy pesto sauce, sushi or risotto with pork tenderloin.

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Maetierra Atlantis Albariño 2015

Pale in color with a crisp minerally nose along with a hint of petrol. On the mid palate there is slight honeysuckle note (very faint but there) along with some nice crisp citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some crisp lively acidity. A nice dry food friendly Albariño. I would give it an 88 or so.

From teh LCBO web site:
Maetierra Atlantis Albariño 2015 — VINTAGES#: 452078
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Beautiful nose with aromas of peaches, pear, grapefruit, honeydew melon, bananas, almonds, mineral and white flowers. Tangy and fresh, with bright citrus and tropical tones, and a saline note to the minerality. Enjoy this long, mouth-watering wine with fresh shellfish, calamari or summer salads, or wait a year or two and follow its development. (VINTAGES panel, June 2016) $16.95

Release Date:July 23, 2016
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Rias Baixas, Spain By: Vintae Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Light & Crisp

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2012 Kacaba Merlot Reserve

Inky dark in color with nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rich dark berries along with some nice chocolate and mocha. On the long finish the displays some firm tannins and some nice complexity. The wine lives on in the mouth. Be sure and pair this with something big, we paired it with filet mignon and it was delicious. I would give it an 89+, sadly only available at the winery, how aweful to have to visit the winery 🙂 $44.95 Yumm …

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2009 Peninsula Ridge Estates Chardonnay Reserve Beal Vineyards

Slightly golden in color with a mild nose of pear and apple. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice pear and apple. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla and butterscotch. This is a more gently oaked chard but quite nice. I would give it an 88 or so. For a seven year old chard it’s holding it’s own nicely. We paid $18.95 at the winery.

From the winery’s web site:
Product Description

The nose is rich and inviting with notes of honey comb, citrus and crème brulée. The palate is rich and powerful with the same flavours perfectly balanced with mouthwatering acidity and minerality. Aged in French and American oak for 12 months.

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Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and the green grassy notes linger nicely in the mouth. This is a softer more gentle sauv blanc. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO. This is from Paaarl South Africa. we had it at Hot House Cafe during Summerlicious. It was reasonably priced at $9 a glass.

From the winery’s web site:
TASTING NOTES
Our Franschhoek Cellar Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc has tangy cool climate tropical and citrus centred aromas with a pure graceful core of gentle ripe fig, grapefruit and pineapple fruit balanced by a lively acidity that follows through to a frisky finish of pleasing length. A hint of Semillon adds breadth and fills the mid palate.
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2012 Meridian Cab sauv

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate this is a fruit forward cab displays lots of nice red cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. Definitely a juicy fruit forward cab. I would give it an 88 or so. Very food friendly. Sadly not in the LCBO, but available from Treasury Wine Estates. I would guess around $20 a bottle. If your ever looking for who reps a winery in Ontario you can search for it on Drinks Ontario database. You can contact the distributor and buy the wine by the case for wines not in the LCBO.

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2015 Ara Pathway Sauv Blanc

Sauv Blancs are best enjoyed why the fruits are vibrant and young. Ara Pathway has consistently been a very good Sauv Blanc for a number of years, it is a general list product so readily available. This is my first hit at the 2015. Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes to match the nose along with some pink grapefruit and some citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively fresh acidity. A very food friendly wine. We paired it with a bacon fettucine alfredro and it went well. I would give it an 88+

From the LCBO web site:
Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 416222

Style – Aromatic & Flavourful  ›
Clear pale lemon-yellow in colour; pronounced aromas of citrus zest, mandarin orange, peapod and herbs; extra-dry, with medium body and crisp acidity; flavours of green apple and lime citrus with underlying green garden-vegetable notes; citrusy notes persist on a medium length finish. $15.10
750 mL bottle

Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Winegrowers Of Ara Ltd. Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Aromatic & Flavourful Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

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2014 Kacaba Jennifer’s Pinot Gris

Ok, quizzie time … what’s the difference between a red wine and a white wine (or Rose for that matter)? In the case of the Pinot Gris, and many others, the outside of the grape is red and the inside is white. So the difference is how long the crushed juice is left in contact with the skins of the grape. Skins provide color as well as depth and complexity. This wine was left in contact with the skins for 3 hours and the resulting wine is more like a rose in color. Crisp and dry on the nose. On the mid palate the wine has a nice refreshing crispness to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity. This is a very food friendly wine. Perfect for the summer. We paired it with a BBQ sausage and it went well. I would give it an 88 or so. $17.95 at the winery.

From the Winery’s web site:
JENNIFERS PINOT GRIS 2014
Details
All fruit for this colourful wine was hand harvested at optimum ripeness. Then the fruit wine was permitted to cold soak for twelve hours to achieve its bronze / coper hue before undergoing a gently hole berry pressing. The juice was then slowly cool-fermented for approximately two plus weeks to retain fruit intensity and enhance complexity. To ensure this wine retain its acidity and crispness, malolactic fermentation was not performed.

Food Pairing
Delicious on its own or match with chicken, pork, spicy Asian food or succulent seafood dishes such as prawns and other shellfish.
Tasting Notes
A colourful wine of delicate copper pink hue. An elegant floral noise leads to a palate of soft flavours highlighting ripe juicy red fruits and pink grapefruit. A well-balanced fruit forward wine with refreshing acidity.

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2014 Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre

Sancerre is a region in France where the white grape is 100% Sauv Blanc. No country is as legislated as France. Their laws are the tightest ranging all the way from controlling grape production all the way to labelling of the bottle and and everything in between. The highest level of certification in France is AOC. If the wines does not qualify for AOC (or not yet) they they are Vin de pays, table wine. This wine is AOC.

Pale in color with a lovely grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely rich edgy grassy notes. This can hold it’s own with a New Zealand sauv blanc. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice citrus notes along with some lively acidity. It’s nice and dry and crips. This is a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so.

From the LCBO web site:
Henri Bourgeois Les Baronnes Sancerre — VINTAGES#: 542548
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Clear pale lemon colour; subtle aromas of citrus and mineral; extra dry with flavours of grapefruit, and lemon with minerally notes; medium length finish, drink now WAS $25.95 $23.95 SAVE $2.00

Release Date:April 1, 2016 Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Loire, France By:Henri Bourgeois Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Aromatic & Flavourful
Description For 10 generations, the name ‘Henri Bourgeois’ has been synonymous with passionate precision winemaking. The clay and limestone ridges of Chavignol evoke classic gooseberry, grapefruit and fresh herb tones. Try this with scallops, oysters or tuna steaks.
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2013 Wismer Vineyard Peninsula Ridge Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a nice crisp/dry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice food friendly acidity and a hint of green notes. This is a softer, well made Sauv Blanc. We paired it with pan seared Ahi Tuna and it went beautifully. I would give it an 88 or so. $19.95 at the winery.

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Bruna Maje Bianco Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato 2014

Italy is one of those places that have a positively dizzying array of unique grapes. A number of them are only grown in a very specific area of Italy. A number of them are never grown anywhere else. Interestingly enough, genetic testing is confirming that these are in fact unique grapes, rather than different names for the same grape. The Pigato grape is one of these unique grapes. A search of the LCBO does not even find one Pigato … We had this wine at Terroni’s, one of my favorite Italian restaurants. The food, service and wine list are all excellent. They bring in a number of unique wines in just for the restaurant. Pale in color with a slightly sweet almost honey suckle nose. At the very front of palate there is a brief hint of sweetness but that passes super quickly and you are left a crisp dry wine. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice herbacious notes along with a hint of greenness. The wine has some nice lively acidity. It’s a very food friendly wine. I would give it an 88 or so. The wine seems to be worth around $15 a bottle, at Terroni’s they charged a whopping $43 for a half liter, that’s quite the extortionate markup . Ouch. I honestly think this is EXACTLY what motivates restaurants to bring in wines not in the LCBO, so you have no idea how much they have marked them up by.

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Two Sisters 20111 Eleventh Post mini review

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of dark fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark fruit to match the nose. On the long finish this is another big wine from this new winery. There’s lots of firm tannins, some nice acidity, dryness and complexity. The dark fruits live on long in the mouth. I would give it an 89 or so. Another very nice wine from these folks. $39 a bottle at the winery. I can only imagine this is a very ageable wine. The winery’s web site says Now through 2015? I tasted it in 2016 and it’s still a big wine with lots of potential. I can’t wait to see future releases from this winery!

About the Wine
Named for a very special place in our vineyard, our Eleventh Post blend is a tribute to a moment in time. We had always known that this place was special and one perfect day while walking in our fields we were compelled to leave our personal mark on the Eleventh Post.

To my sister and I, it seemed appropriate to give our Eleventh Post blend a name that symbolized the beginning of our family history in Niagara.
– Angela Marotta, Proprietor

Tasting Notes
Made from premium fruit cropped for low yields, Eleventh Post is a blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 23% Merlot. This is a wine with exquisite elegance and balance.

The individual varietals for this wine were harvested at optimal ripeness and barrel-aged separately in a combination of French and American oak before assemblage.

The result is a wine with lovely aromas of cocoa, vanilla bean and toast oak. Flavours of cassis, black cherries, blueberries arrive early on the palate and are followed by hints of strawberries. Toasty oak, sweet chai spice and cardamom linger on the finish; silky tannins round out the mouthfeel.

Best Enjoyed
Now through 2015 or longer.

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2015 Saint Clair Sauv Blanc mini review

Another one from the general list. Pale in color with a nice grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely green tartness to match the nose along with some nice pink grapefruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity. It has a very nice mouth grip lingering for a bit. Another very food friendly Sauv blanc, albeit a bolder one than some. I would give it an 88 or so, which for the price is a good deal!

From the LCBO web site:
Saint Clair Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 237255
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Pale straw colour; forward fresh cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit aromas; dry, light to medium body; gooseberry and lime flavours with clean medium length finish $16.95

Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Saint Clair Wines Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra DryStyle: Light & Crisp

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2005 Château Beauregard

This is a merlot/Cab franc blend. It’s dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some deep rich fruit, plum is coming through (from the merlot) as well as some nice dark berries (from the franc). This wine has held up very well. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins along with some nice pepper and spice. A beautiful wine. I would give it an 89-90. We paired it with fillet mignon and it went splendidly and made the meal! Yumm. A birthday gift from my best bud Jason! Thanks Bro! It’s been in my cellar for a number of years, is not currently in the LCBO, but was worth $39.95.
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2013 Chateau St Jean Cab Sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red cherries to match the nose. This is a typical fruit forward juicy California cab. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. I would give it an 88+. Very nice. Not currently in the LCBO, but $19.95 a bottle.

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