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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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2013 Luiano Chianti Classico Reserva mini review

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely rich red berries along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine is nice and smooth with some nice tannins and acidity. … Continue reading

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Sugar Loaf Sauvignon Blanc 2014 mini review

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity along with some nice mouth grip, … Continue reading

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2008 Clos Le Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve

I’ve had this one in the cellar for a while now. Interestingly enough I had it as a best before 2012 🙂 Ooops. Lovely garnet in color with a nice nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the … Continue reading

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Two Sisters 2012 Merlot mini review

I had the pleasure of attending the iYellow Winetario event where Ontario Wine Award winners showed up with some of their best wines. The event was an awesome showcase of some incredible Ontario wines. This wine was by far one … Continue reading

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Ryder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Dark in color with a mild dark berry nose. On the mid palate this is a rich juicy dark berry mid palate to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. It’s … Continue reading

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Le Grand Noir 2014 Chardonnay

I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the Wine Academy, Toronto’s latest offering for storing your wine and is also a social club. The facility has an onsite kitchen and entertaining space as well! This wine was … Continue reading

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Elephant Hill Pinot Noir 2014 Mini review

Another one from the New Zealand wine festival. I’ve had this one before and enjoyed it. Garnet in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate this wine displays some nice varietal soft red berries and rustic notes. On … Continue reading

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2013 Matua Pinot Noir mini review

Garnet in color with a nice varietal nose of soft red berries and rustic notes. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with soft red berries, strawberries and some nice rustic notes. This is definitely a softer more … Continue reading

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Colio estates Bricklayers Cache Small Lot Syrah mini review

Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild dark fruits, but where this wine lives is in the finish where it displays some strong coffee notes. There some nice dryness and … Continue reading

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2014 Tres Pilaves Verdejo (mini review)

Verdejo is the white grape in the Rueda region of Spain. I recently attended an event hosted by the Spanish Wine Society in Toronto focused on this varietal. This was one of the stars of the night. Pale in color … Continue reading

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2009 Poplar Grove Merlot

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild plum notes backed almost immediately by some firm tannins and acidity. The wine is medium in length. I would give it an 88 or … Continue reading

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2015 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

Pale in color with a mild grassy nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice grassy notes along with some nice citrus. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice lively acidity that builds nicely in … Continue reading

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