2014 Grange Cab Franc

Dark in color with a nice red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely, smooth, vibrant, varietal cab franc notes, red cherries and the like. I always have difficulty describing cab franc’s eloquently. They are a unique flavor and this is a good one … On the medium length finish the wine displays smooth tannins, nice dryness and smooth acidity. This is a super food friendly, elegant approachable cab franc. Not as edgy as some, not as complex but very nice. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the winery’s web site:
2014 Cabernet Franc $29.00
Tasting Notes:
Classic cab franc with dark berry fruit notes and a hint of green herbs, crack black pepper and smoke. This will be a great BBQ wine for the season to come!

Peer Review:
“Prince Edward County wineries do Cabernet Franc well – and the Grange is no exception. A lovely medium bodied wine with aromas of red cherry, smoke, leather and tobacco. Tannins are present but not overwhelming. The perfect trio of fruit, tannins and acidity. Grown on a plateau on the deepest soils at the winery that once grew alfalfa. 36 months in neutral oak. The Grange is consistently using neutral oak to let the fruit shine through. A lovely dry – 2.3 g/l sugar medium bodied wine.” – Lori Killmartin

Production: 250 cases

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2017 CLOSSON CHASE KJ WATSON PINOT GRIS

Pale in color with nice crisp nose with some hints of stone fruit coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild stone fruits along with some lovely crisp dry minerality. On the medium length finish the wine displays nice crisp food friendly acidity. The wine has some nice mouth grip with the minerality lingering beautifully. This is a really nice pinot gris. Very nice. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the winery’s web site:
2017 CLOSSON CHASE KJ WATSON PINOT GRIS
VQA Four Mile Creek
Cantaloupe, grapefruit pith, pear, white flower, all show the warm weather of September. The mouth opens with hint of floral, citrus, pear and spice; finishing with leesy notes. The minerality on the palette carries the fruit to a beautiful clean crisp finish.

Production: 1345 cases
Alcohol Content: 12%
Cellaring Potential: 1-3 years
Suggested pairing: Grilled Shrimp
Price: $22.95

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Ridgepoint 2011 Cabernet Merlot Ripasso

Slightly garnet in color, with a slightly dried berry nose. On the mid palate there’s some nice red berries along with some dried fruit notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays smooth tannins and acidity. It’s a simple easy drinking wine. We paired it with a red pasta and it went well. I would give an -88. If you get a chance to stop by the winery, be sure and checout their amazing country kitchen!

From the winery’s web site:
VQA Twenty Mile Bench VQA

This Ripasso styled wine was made using the Italian tradition of aging wine on the pressed grape skins from wine made using the Appassimento method. The result is a wine that displays jammy raspberry and cassis aromas and flavours and is supported by notes of vanilla and spice.

This medium bodied wine with supple tannins pairs well with grilled meats, charcuterie and hard cheeses.

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Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

Slightly golden in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple and pear to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some slightly creamy notes, and some vanilla. It’s a pretty nice chard, albeit lightly oaked. I would give it an 88 or so …

from the LCBO web site:
Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 — VINTAGES#: 251470
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in:Ontario, Canada By: Peller Estates Sugar Content:6 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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2017 Fielding Pinot Grigio

Pale in color with a slight hint of red from some minor skin contact. On the nose the wine displays some nice peach and stone fruits. On the mid palate the wine displays peach and stone fruits to match the nose along with a hint of banana. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice minerality and the peach notes linger. This wine is a perfect summer sipper, ready for the patio. It’s a food friendly wine. This wine has been consistent for years! I would give it an -88. LCBO say light and crisp, I’d agree.

from the LCBO web site:
Fielding Pinot Grigio VQA — LCBO#: 223610
STYLE – Light & Crisp
Very pale straw; floral, pear, honey and citrus aromas; dry and light-bodied with melon and citrus flavours; well balanced with a touch of spice on the finish. $16.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:August 18, 2011
Alcohol/Vol 12.5% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Fielding Estate Winery Sugar Content:8 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Light & Crisp

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2015 Huff South Bay Vineyards Merlot

I haven’t been out to the county wineries since 2009 so as part of a road trip we stopped in for a couple of days. We stayed at the Waring house centrally located. It was shocking how the Warning house has grown. This wine was on their by the bottle offerings so I choose it to go with the striploin I had chosen for dinner. Inky dark in color with a super inviting dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely vibrant dark berries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely smooth tannins and acidity. The wine has some fabulous mouth grip and roundness to the wine. This wine, is hands down, the best County red I’ve ever had. It was super yummy. I would give it an 89 or so. I went back to the winery and grabbed 3 of them it was THAT good. Wow. This bodes really well for the county. At this time there is only one appellation from VQA for the whole county. This particular vineyard is on the other side of the county from Huff estates. Not in the LCBO, but if you get a chance to grab one, you will be handsomely rewarded $35 at the winery. I seem to recall it was about $53 at Waring house … Not a bad markup at all.

From the winery’s web site:
TASTING NOTES
Cherry-garnet in colour, our ’15 merlot infuses the nostrils with a compliment of savoury-herbal-spice complexity, floral hints of violet supported by a beckoning mist of black fruit (currant, cassis). Behold a generous mouth-feel of woodland fruit nestled over earthy notes with a tannic weave that will unfurl with bottle age. Talk about luxury without excess: a Merlot concerto.

FOOD PAIRINGS
Meats – duck, pork, veal, venison, rabbit and braised beef

Cheese – brie, camembert, sharp cheddar, gorgonzola and blue veins.

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Frey 2017 Pinot Gris (Grauburgunder) mini review

Grauburgunder is the German name for Pinot Gris. This one is pale in color with a mild peach nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with soft stone fruit and peach notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp and dry minerality. This is a lovely varietal pinot gris, a perfect food friendly, summer wine. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO, and as of now, Frey don’t even have a rep in Ontario, but I point this wine out as a hopeful example of what may eventually come! It’s currently $4EUR …

From the winery:
2017 Pinot Gris
Germany > Rheinhessen > – No subregion
The Grauer Burgunder is full-bodied, with lash creaminess and powerful fruit. The wine has wonderful undertones of almond and herbs.
Alcohol: 13.00 %
Sugar: 3.00 g/l
Acidity: 5.30 g/l

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Meiser 2016 Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir) mini review

At the most recent Wines of Germany event in Toronto I had the opportunity to taste, and expand my experience with German wines. Most people know German Rieslings and gewurztraminer, but more and more I’ve had the joy of tasting German Spätburgunders which is the German name for Pinot Noir. And Germany are making some very good ones! Great news, for fans of this grape, of which I am one. Soft red berry nose … on the mid palate the wine displays some lovely soft juicy, vibrant red fruits, strawberries and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, nice tannins and a hint of black pepper. The wine is quite complex living on nicely in the mouth. Definitely a bigger pinot. I would give the wine an 88+. Probably one of my favorite wines of the tasting. Yumm. And now for the bad news … sadly not in the LCBO, but available by the case from Wine lover’s agency.

From the winery:
2016 Pinot Noir
Germany > Rheinhessen > – No subregion
The Spätburgunder Weinheimer Hölle tastes full-bodied and velvety and havs a fruity aroma and hints of almond. This typical Pinot Noir has a slightly sweet scent of red fruits, from cherry to blackberry and blackcurrant.
Quality: Qualitätswein
Alcohol: 14.00 %
Sugar: 2.60 g/l
Acidity: 5.80 g/l

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LCBO wines of the world program

The LCBO a little while ago introduced wines of the world program! Select stores will prominently feature wines from a particular country. These wines may only be available at that particular destination store. They have opened a number of them, and chosen the theme based on the community. Here’s a list of the stores …

Italy 8260 Highway #27 in Woodbridge
France 275 Rideau Street in Ottawa
Spain 2946 Bloor St. W. in Toronto
Kosher wines 675 Wilson Ave. in Toronto; 502 Lawrence Ave. W in Toronto and 180 Promenade Circle in Thornhill.
New Zealand 1838 Avenue Road, in Toronto
Argentina 15830 Bayview Ave. in Aurora
Eastern Asia 3075 Highway #7 East in Markham or 5979 Steeles Ave. East in Toronto
Chile 5100 Erin Mills Parkway, Suite 5035 in Mississauga
Australia 65 Wicksteed Ave in Toronto
South Africa 1899 Brock Rd in Pickering
Germany 115 King St. South in Kitchener
Greece 200 Danforth Ave in Toronto
Portugal 2151 St. Clair Ave. W. in Toronto
California 2625 Weston Road in Toronto

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Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016

I like my Sauv Blancs, crisp, dry and sharp. But then some folks choose to oak a sauv black which tends to soften the wine and impart flavors more in keeping with a Chard. This particular wine on the back of it says a “portion” of the wine was was oaked. No mention of how long or what portion. What your left with is a pale wine, with a mild nose. On the mid palate there are some mild citrus notes along with some chard like flavors. There’s some nice dry minerality on the finish. Honestly, if I had noticed it was oaked I would have not bought it. They typically are not to my taste. This is a soft gentle wine. Nice and dry. I would give it an 87-88. Meh, I’ve had better … or more to the point not to my tastes. The oak dumbs it down 🙁

From the LCBO web site:
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – VINTAGES#: 686675
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Moderately concentrated sauvignon blanc, with sweet lemon grass, green capsicum and some lifted tree fruit and tropical fruit characters. A distinctive and appealing wine with good weight and length. Offers good value at this price. Drink 2016-2021. Score – 92. (Bob Campbell, MW, bobcampbell.nz, Oct. 31, 2016) $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5%Made in:Marlborough, New Zealand By:Spy Valley Wines Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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2015 Frey Assemblage

I had the pleasure of continuing to expand my tastings of German wines at the recent Riesling and Co Trade Tasting! Whites were definitely more the star, but I chose to start with and largely focus on the reds. This wine was the best wine of the day. Dark in color with a lovely dark cherry nose coming up to greet you … On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely rich dark cherries coming through, along with some mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely velvety tannins and nice acidity. The wine builds nicely in the mouth leaving a nice thick coating for you to appreciate the complexity of the wine. This truely was an awesome wine. I would give it an 89-90. Shockingly good. As a compliment, you could close your eyes and imagine this being a California cab, which are some of my favs. It’s 40% cab, 60% Merlot aged in oak for 15 months. I went back a number of times to take folks to try this wine, and to get more for me! Sadly, pout, not in the LCBO and right now they don’t even have an Ontario rep to buy it by the case. Let’s hope that changes. It’s apparently 7.50 EUR.

Winery’s web site doesn’t have a lot about it.

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Odfjell Vineyards Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Inky dark in color with a smokey and mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays vibrant black cherries to match the nose, along with a hint of smokey notes, along with some herbal/eucalyptus undertones. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. I would give this an 88 or so. At this price, to be honest I expect more and I’m not a fan of that herbal/eucalyptus undertones.

From the LCBO web site Check stock
Odfjell Vineyards Orzada Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 — VINTAGES#: 542407
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Lots of chocolate and berry character. Round and silky tannins with plenty of fruit. Fresh finish. Drink now. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, May 29, 2017) $24.95

Release Date:March 17, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.5%Made in: Maipo Valley, Chile By: Odfjell Vineyards Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra DryStyle:Full-bodied & Smooth

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2017 Big Bill Sauv Blanc

This is from the general list. Billy’s best bottles has made a career out of climbing through the extensive general list and finding those gems. This one came on my radar as part of Natalie Macleans wine of the week. Pale in color, with a mild varietal citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity, this is a food friendly wine. It’s a good sauv blanc, and not bad for the price. I would give it an -88. Not overly complex, but a good summer sipper.

From the LCBO web site Check stock:
Big Bill Sauvignon Blanc — LCBO#: 524330
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful $12.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Western Cape, South Africa By: Kwv Sa (Pty) Ltd. Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015

Dark in color with a mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with black cherries coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. If your looking for a soft merlot, ehhhh look elsewhere. This is more of a cab than a merlot. I would give it an -88. Not a bad wine, but not a merlot IMHO.

From the LCBO web site:
Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2015 — VINTAGES#: 486936
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Raspberry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla aromas lead to plump, focused fruit flavors. It’s both appealing and quite varietally correct. For those looking for a quality value Merlot, look no further. Score – 89. (Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 1, 2017) $21.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.8% Made in: Washington, USA By: Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Darker in color than a normal pinot noir, with a mild nose of soft red berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some unusual smokey notes, some soft red berries, nothing close to strawberries along with some woody/earthy notes. There’s even a hint of cherry notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some smooth tannins and acidity. There’s some nice mouth grip and rustic notes. There’s some lovely dryness … It’s an unusual but good pinot. I would give it an 88 or so …

From the LCBO web site (check stock):
The Winery of Good Hope Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 — VINTAGES#: 146415
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
100% whole-berry fermented from Elgin quite similar to Freedom (except only 6 months in older oak). Fresh and bright, with tangy black berry fruit. Great value. Step above last-tasted 2012. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (Platter’s South African Wine Guide, 2018) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol14.5% Made in:Elgin, South Africa by Winery Of Good Hope Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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2015 Ménage à Trois Gold Chardonnay

Let’s not waste any time discussing the silly name … I tried this wine IN SPITE of the name 🙂 Slightly golden in color with a nice varietal nose with pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice apple/pear to match the nose. Spot on varietal, with some nice vibrant fruit. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vanilla notes along with a some slight creamyness. This is obviously an oaked chard, but not over oaked. Just right for my palate. I quite enjoyed it. I didn’t notice the 9 g/l sugar at all. I would give this an 88 or so. Quite nice!

from the LCBO web site:
Ménage à Trois Gold Chardonnay — LCBO#: 485417
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
This decadent chardonnay is layered with opulent tropical fruit and vanilla. The palate is full and round with endless replays of caramelized peaches and butter seasoned with hints of exotic spices followed by an enduring/creamy finish. $17.90
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 12, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.2%Made in: California, USA By: Trinchero Family Estates Sugar Content:9 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: D – Dry

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2015 Henry of Pelham Family tree red

I’ve had this one over a number of years and it has been consistently very good. Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose, along with some oak coming through. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely black cherries and some subtle blueberry notes. The fruit is quite vibrant without being fruity. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely smooth tannins and the black cherry notes live on nicely. It’s lovely and dry … This is a well made red … I would give it an 88+. We had it with steaks and it went perfectly! This is a belnd of 40% Merlot, 35% syrah, 15% cab franc, 5% cab sauv and 5% baco noir.

From the LCBO web site:
Henry of Pelham Family Tree Red 2015 — VINTAGES#: 247882
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
This is a ripe, savoury, complex blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Pelham’s great specialties, Baco Noir. It was aged for 17 months in 65% French oak and 35% American oak. The resulting wine offers blackberry, plum, strawberry, smoke, leather and spice, with a hint of black pepper. Pour this with grilled pork ribs or a hearty lamb stew. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2017) $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 28, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5%Made in:Ontario, Canada By:Henry Of Pelham Family Est. Winery Sugar Content: 5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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Château La Brande 2015

Dark in color with a nice plum/black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with nice soft black plums coming through backed almost immediately by firm, acidity tannins and even a metallic flavor. There’s some green pepper notes as well. On the medium length finish the wine displays firm tannins, and nice dryness. The finish coats the inside of mouth leaving some nice super dry notes. If this was all I had to say about this wine it would be … pass on it. I tasted some that was left over the next day and the green pepper notes, and metallic flavors were 100% gone. The wine without this bitterness has some nice smooth, velvety tannins and shocking complexity for this price point. If you buy this wine, and have some patience, either decant or let this age and your patience maybe rewarded. I can’t say 100% for sure.

From the LCBO web site:
Château La Brande 2015
Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc — VINTAGES#: 550418
STYLE – Full-bodied & Firm
Quite floral and brambly with spiced cherry fruits. Very pure. The palate has tangy, bright and slightly crunchy tannins. Red-berry flavors hold fresh. Drink or hold. Score – 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Feb. 2, 2018) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.2% Made in: Bordeaux, France By:Diva S.A.S.Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Firm

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Château Le Grand Verdus Réserve 2015

Every now and then an inexpensive Bordeaux shows up that is well worth the price. It encourages me to keep looking for that bargoon. This wine (spoiler alert) is one of those … Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with lovely black berries coming through. The fruit is quite vibrant. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins, acidity as well as some oak. This is a very approachable wine now and should last another 1-2 years. I would give it an 88+ which for the price is a good deal. It will hold up well to red meats! The LCBO say full bodied and fruity, I completely agree!!

From the LCBO web site:
Château Le Grand Verdus Réserve 2015 — VINTAGES#: 388330
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromatic blueberry and violet nose. Earthy, leafy and spicy palate, green bell pepper hints and vanilla oak spice on finish. Score – 92. (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2017) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Scea Ph Et A Le Grix De La Salle Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity

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2016 Rocca Delle Macie Chianti

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry flavors, not cab like … On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. I would give this wine an 88 or so. I paired it with a tomato sauce based pasta and it held up well.

From the LCBO web site:
Rocca Delle Macie Chianti Vernaiolo DOCG — LCBO#: 269589
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity
Deep ruby colour; floral, cherry and sweet spice aromas; dry, medium-bodied with tart cherry and spice flavours,well balanced and a dry finish $14.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 12, 2010
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in:Tuscany, Italy By: Rocca Delle Macie S.P.A.Sugar Content: 3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Medium-bodied & Fruity

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Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017

Every now and then a Chenin comes through the LCBO from South Africa that catches my eye. Wines from the Vouvray region of France are primarily Chenins. At there best, they are lovely, crisp dry, food friendly wines. This one is pale in color with a nice crisp nose with a hint of sweetness to it. Looking at the sugar content, 4g/l this is a super dry chenin. On the mid palate the wine, as expected displays some lovely crisp dry minerality along with a hint of sweetness. It’s more noticable when cold. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely mouth grip as citrus and minerality live on, mostly noticeable without food. It is, as expected a very food friendly wine. I would give this an easy 88. Be sure and leave it on the table as you eat your meal and enjoy it, as it evolves, warming up. A perfect Chenin for my tastes. And for $13.95 it’s hard to go wrong. I would suggest this is more of a drink now style of wine, versus aging. The LCBO say Full-bodied and rich? Ok I don’t get that at all. Rich? Shrug …

From the LCBO web site:
Simonsig Chenin Blanc 2017 —VINTAGES#: 981167
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
The first vintage of this wine was in 1968, making it as old as the White Album by the Beatles. This 2017 vintage has nice acidity and structure and shows lovely citrus, apple, pear and peach fruit. Savour it with grilled chicken or barbecued pork sausages. (Vintages panel, June 2017) $13.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 12, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 13.8%Made in: Stellenbosch, South Africa By: Simonsig Wines Pty Ltd Sugar Content:4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

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2015 Inniskillin Niagara Reserve Pinot Noir

In some countries the word reserve is used to denote longer time in oak. In Canada, it’s meaning can be varied. So according the the Inniskillin website “Grapes are selected by our winemaker from specific lots of premium vineyards throughout the Niagara Peninsula to make exceptional, limited edition VQA wines. These selections reflect the finest assemblage of each grape variety from different vineyards.” Note, no mention of longer time in oak. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered this in Niagara.

This particular wine is the big brother of the Cellar selection I previously reviewed.. Popping up to $25.95 from $13 for the non reserve. Garnet in color with a lovely soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays nice soft red berries, strawberries and the like. The fruit is quite vibrant and complex. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins, acidity and complexity. Compared to the lower priced non reserve this wine is definitely more elegant and lively, quite noticeably better. I would give it an 88-89. A very nice, varietal Pinot. Not in the LCBO but available from Winerack.com

from the winerack.com’s web site:
Inniskillin Reserve Pinot Noir 750 mL Bottle $25.95
Flavours of Bing cherries and bittersweet chocolate. Perfect when paired with roasted meats.
Residual Sugar g/L 5.1
Calories / 5 oz glass 117

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2014 Estate Papaioannou Nemea Agiorgitiko Nemea (mini review)

My regular readers know I’ve been on a bit of a journey of exploration of wines from Greece. They have some unique grapes and old world methods that makes this a eye opening experience. Recently I attended the Wines of Greece event and had this one straight off … The grape is called Saint George – Agiorgitiko. The wine is inky dark in color with a rich red cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely red cherries to match the nose backed almost immediately by firm bold tannins and acidity. This is a shockingly BIG wine. A palate bruiser. The 2014 is a bit young (previous one in the market was a 2010) and it has lots of time left in the bottle. You may want to decant it. The complexity of the wine is quite impressive. I would give this wine an 88+, but only if you like your wines big. And be sure and pair it with something hearty, so it has a chance of standing up to this wine. Very impressive. Currently not in the LCBO but available from Kolonaki for $24.95 a bottle, by the case of 12. Wow …

From the winery’s web site for the 2010:
Type: Red dry, V.Q.P.R.D. Nemea
Production: 70.000 bottles
Producer: A. & G. Papaioannou – GR 20500 Ancient Nemea/Corinthia
Area of production: Nemea / Peloponnese
Grape varieties: Aghiorghitiko 100%
Vinification – Bottling: At the family winery in Ancient Nemea
Gastronomic aspects: It is characterized by complex and rich aroma of red fruits, butter and caramel. Its taste is balanced and rich in tannins. Perfect with rich red meat.
Serving temperature: 17 – 18 degrees
Type of vinification – maturing: Classical red fermentation. It is aged for one year in oak barrel and continues to mature in the bottle for six months. It can be aged for ten years.

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Lantides Goldvine Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (mini review)

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely black cherries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. This is a nice dry wine! This is a well made, smooth, food friendly cab. Quite impressive. The wine is made from 90% cab and 10% Aghiorghitiko (St George) and comes from vines that are more than 30 years old. I would give this wine an 88+. Currently none in stock at the LCBO. Hopefully more will come in. A great example of a cab from Greece! The LCBO say full bodied and smooth … I whole heartedly agree!

From the LCBO web site:
Lantides Goldvine Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 — VINTAGES#: 546234
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Silver Medal winner at the 2017 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is silky and balanced with ripe blackcurrant, red berry, vanilla and clove character. Pair it with mildly spiced beef or lamb burgers. (Vintages panel, Aug. 2017) $18.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:May 26, 2018
Alcohol/Vol 14.1% Made in: Peloponnese, Greece By: Lantides Panikos Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry

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Bachelder 2015 Wismer Chard (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely rich bold varietal chard nose with lots of apple/pear coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with bold rich apple and pear coming through along with some nice creamyness. On the medium length finish the wine displays lovely vanilla and acidity that lives on nicely in the mouth. This is a nice crisp, dry, well made, elegant chard. Not at all over oaked. I would give it an 99+. The LCBO say full bodied and rich … Oh ya!

From the LCBO web site (for a different year):
Bachelder Wismer Vineyard Chardonnay 2012 —VINTAGES#: 345819 | 750 mL bottle
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Hailing from a warmer vintage, this is one large, rich and fleshy chardonnay. But despite the girth and depth it still pulls some fine acidity and minerality out of its hat as the wine wanes on the finish. Expect very lifted peat smoke from the barrels, with ripe almost custardy peach/pear fruit and almond on the nose. Some sense of herbality there as well. It rolls across the palate then battens down on the finish, hitting excellent to outstanding length. Score – 92. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, Jan. 25, 2015) $44.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:October 5, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.9% Made in: Ontario, Canada By:Les Bougognes Delaney-Bachelder Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style:Full-bodied & Rich

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