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Nobilo Icon Pinot Noir 2013

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some light red along with some varietal rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice rustic notes that linger nicely in the … Continue reading

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2010 CVNE Tempranillo

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild red berry notes along with some lovely oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and tannins. I would give … Continue reading

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Nugan Estate McLaren Parish Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Inky dark in color with a nice nose of black berries and noticeable oak. On the mid palate this is a smoother shiraz, almost more syrah like. Nice black berries but no where near blueberries and maybe even a hint … Continue reading

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Ink dark in color with a lovely nose of cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely cherries and cassis to match the nose backed almost immediately by some lively acidity. Medium in length the finish displays some nice … Continue reading

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2013 Lackey Shiraz

I last tried the 2012 Vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. This one is dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries and blue berries. On … Continue reading

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Hunter 2013 Chardonnay mini review

Pale in color with a nice varietal nose of apple and pear. On the mid palate the wine has pear and apple to match the nose. This is more of a fruit forward chard. There’s little to no vanilla on … Continue reading

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Adelsheim Pinot Noir 2012 mini review

I tasted this one at the Pacific Midwest LCBO tasting event and it was the star of the show! Dark in color with a mild varietal nose of soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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2012 Middle Earth Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice rustic notes and light red berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice red berries that linger nicely in the … Continue reading

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Markham Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose with some nice pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate this is a nice smooth bold chard displaying nice pear and apple to match the nose along with some vanilla. … Continue reading

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13th Street Cabernet/Merlot 2012

Dark in color with a nice smooth nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely dark red cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness and smooth tannins. We paired it … Continue reading

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Fielding Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2013

Pale in color with a mild nose of apple. On the mid palate the wine displays some apple, pear and a hint of vanilla. This one, sadly, is no where near as good as the 2012 IMHO. There’s some firm … Continue reading

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2010 Haselgrove First Press Shiraz

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some intense black berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice pepper and spices along … Continue reading

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Poplar Grove Reserve Chardonnay 2011 mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely bold fruit, apple, pear and some nice vanilla and butterscotch. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice oak and a hint … Continue reading

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2011 Pilliteri Viognier

Pale in color with a bright floral nose typical of a Viognier. On the mid palate the wine displays floral notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lively acidity along with some nice … Continue reading

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2013 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay

Pale in color with a mild nose of pear/apple. On the mid palate this wine displays pear/apple to match the nose. This is definitely more of a fruit forward Chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild … Continue reading

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Ballast Stone Windjammer Shiraz 2012

Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palate the displays some lovely rich black berries to match the nose. Not quite blueberry but close. On the medium length finish the wine displays bright … Continue reading

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Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2014 mini review

Pale in color with lovely nose of minerality and stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus, and lime notes backed by some firm and lively acidity. The wine builds nicely in the … Continue reading

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2014 Alpine Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild citrus notes along with a hint of honeysuckle. There’s a bit of sweetness to the wine. Of the sauv blancs I have tried … Continue reading

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Poplar Grove Merlot 2011 mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful rich plum. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and lingering dryness. This is a well made Merlot displays lots … Continue reading

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Graham Beck The Ridge Syrah 2012

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with blueberry coming through very nicely. Big and bold this is a lovely wine. On the medium length finish the … Continue reading

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2013 Duckhorn Decoy Cab sauv

We stopped by the Keg and this one was on their by the bottle list so we grabbed it. Dark in color with a nice subtle nose of red berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with … Continue reading

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Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2013

The usual garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays a nice smooth light red berry flavor to match the nose along with some rustic notes that build nicely in the mouth. On the … Continue reading

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Forest 2012 Marlborough Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich fruit backed by some nice tannins and a hint of pepper with a medium length finish. A very nice … Continue reading

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Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pale in color with a nice smooth green grassy nose along with some citrus notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice smooth citrus notes, some pink grapefruit along with some grassy under tones. On … Continue reading

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Vieni Foch Vintage Reserve 2012

Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, dark cherries and oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice dryness and lively acidity. This … Continue reading

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