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Dandelion Vineyards Menagerie of The Barossa Grenache/Shiraz/Mataró 2012

Dark in color with nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, along with some blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine is a smooth well made food friendly wine. I would … Continue reading

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Barista Pinotage 2013

Dark in color with a rich nose of dark cherries and some dark chocolate. On the mid palate the wine displays some dark cherries to match the nose along with dark chocolate, some licorice and even some medicinal notes. The … Continue reading

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2012 Simi Cab Sauv

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely deep red cherry notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and peppery notes. There some … Continue reading

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GENESIS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012

Dark color with a mild cab nose, red cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins and some lovely dryness. … Continue reading

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2012 Carnivore Cab Sauv mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries followed by some subtle minty notes. On the mid length finish the wine displays some nice dryness, some … Continue reading

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2012 Rodney Strong Estate Pinot Noir

Slightly garnet in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild rustic notes along with some raspberries backed by some solid tannins and acidity. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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Principe Corsini Le Corti Chianti Classico 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some dried fruit, mild raisins. On the medium length finish the win displays some firm tannins, acidity and some nice dryness. I would give it an … Continue reading

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2012 3 Rings Shiraz

Dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some deep, firm, dark berries, maybe a hint of blueberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm … Continue reading

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Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc 2012

I like my Cheins crisp and dry. This one is pale in color with a lovely nose of minerality. No sugar coming through here. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely citrus notes along with some minerality and … Continue reading

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Burnt Ship Bay 2013 Cab/Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries and dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays some black berries and black cherries to match the nose. The wine reminds me more of a cab franc. On … Continue reading

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2013 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

I last reviewed the 2012 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. The wine is pale to golden in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with some mild pear notes coming through. On the mid palate this wine is … Continue reading

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2012 Coda di Volpe DOC

We stopped by Terroni and this one was on their wine list. If you’ve not been to Terroni’s before, and like Italian, give it a try. They have a great wine list and even sell their own olive oil! This … Continue reading

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2012 Peninsula Ridge AJ Lepp Vineyards Merlot mini review

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

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Burnt Ship Bay 2013 Pinot Grigio

Slightly golden in color with a mild nose of peaches. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely peach notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality and a hint of … Continue reading

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2013 Masi Bonacosta Valpolicella

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

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2013 White Cliff Sauvignon Blanc mini review

Pale in color with a lovely citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus and pink grape fruit notes back by some lively acidity. I would give it an 88-89. A very nice … Continue reading

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2011Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir

Garnet in color with a lovely varietal nose of rustic notes and soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays strong rustic notes that linger in the top of the mouth. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2012 Pondview Bella Terra Cab Franc

I last blogged about the Bella Terra Chard and was thoroughly impressed. I had met the rep for Pondview at an LCBO in store tasting and he insisted that since I enjoyed the Chard I had to try the Cab … Continue reading

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Clos du Bois Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a mild nose of plum and black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays black cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and some acidity. This … Continue reading

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2011 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark in color with a mild nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine first whops you in the face with the high alcohol content. This wine is way too young. Plan on decanting or aging. On the … Continue reading

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Wakefield Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this wine is a smack on varietal California style chard. Lots of nice apple and caramel notes backed by some lovely acidity on a medium length finish. The oak … Continue reading

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Rabl Kittmansberg Grüner Veltliner 2013

I love Grüners. They are not well known. They come from Austria. I was thrilled when we were in the Finger Lakes that they are starting to try to grow them. I’ve often wondered why Niagara don’t grow them. This … Continue reading

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2012 Cave Springs Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine leaves a hint of the citrus notes … Continue reading

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Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a firm nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries coming through. The fruit is quite nice and fairly bold. It’s more reminiscent of a cab than a … Continue reading

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2011Castello di Neive Barbaresco

One of Italy’s legendary wines is a Barolo. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolos are big, bold, expressive and complex … but they are also expensive. Barbarescos are also made from the Nebbiolo grape. I call Barbarescos a … Continue reading

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