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Château des Charmes St. David’s Bench Vineyard Gamay Noir Droit 2018

Bias up front, I find a lot of Niagara Gamay’s way too fruit forward for my tastes, so when I was given this, I was skeptical … Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine … Continue reading

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2020 Cave Spring Chardonnay

Pale straw in color with a mild apple/pear nose. On the mid palate the wine displays more of a fruit forward lightly oaked character with apple and pear notes, and slightly creamy. On the medium length finish the wine displays … Continue reading

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2017 Featherstone Cabernet Franc

Dark in color with a nice mild black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some black cherries to match the nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some firm acidity and lighter tannins, nice and dry. … Continue reading

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Southbrook Triomphe Organic Cabernet Franc Rosé 2021

This is a very different kind of rose, right from the color which is a lot more deep rich red notes than most … Mild on the nose with a vibrant mid palate that packs a lot of flavor, think … Continue reading

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Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Cabernet Rosé 2021

Pale salmon in color with an expressive nose for a rose. On the mid palate the wine displays some vibrant ripe strawberry notes. On the lighter side of medium in length the wine’s acidity sticks slightly to the tongue. This … Continue reading

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Thirty Bench Winemaker’s Rosé 2021

$22.95VINTAGES#:27024 Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some mild effervescent notes along with crisp dry acidity and a hint of zesty tartness. Lots of crisp minerality and strawberries coming through. There’ … Continue reading

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2020 Cave Spring Dry Rosé VQA

Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays lovely vibrant tart strawberry and cranberry notes along with some strong palate coating citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays vibrant acidity … Continue reading

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Marynissen Cabernet Franc 2019

Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice cherry and raspberry notes, quite fruit forward … On the medium length finish the wine has smooth tannins and acidity, nice and dry. This … Continue reading

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Marynissen Cabernet/Merlot 2019

Dark in color with a nice cherry and red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine delivers some nice juicy dark cherries and some black plum notes. On the medium length finish the wine delivers some nice gentle tannins, … Continue reading

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Lundy Manor Lundy Red 2016

I’ve seen this winery mentioned a number of times in LCBO releases and wondered, well this time my curiosity got the better of me. The blend looks good, g/l look inviting to so I jumped … Spoiler alert … DON’T … Continue reading

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Lily Sparkling Rosé VQA

Slightly pale salmon in color a nice minerally nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice crisp minerality along with some light citrus notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice vibrant acidity, crisp dryness, … Continue reading

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Quails’ Gate Rosé 2020

Pale salmon in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays crisp dry minerality, some red fruits, mild strawberry and the like. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp citrus and minerality … Continue reading

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FRIND Big Red 2018

Inky dark in color with a smooth black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some rich elegant black cherry notes along with some nice mocha and oak notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2020 Speck Bros. Family Tree ‘The Goat Lady’ Chardonnay VQA

Slightly golden in color with a rich golden delicious apple nose. On the mid palate the wine packs a vibrant golden delicious apple note to match the nose along with some noticeable oaking notes like butterscotch and the like. On … Continue reading

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Speck Bros. Family Tree The Padré Cabernet/Merlot 2019

Dark in color with a nice vibrant black cherry nose. On the mid palate it spot on matches the nose with nice dark cherries, some tobacco notes, and rich mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some mild … Continue reading

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2019 Trius Distinction Pinot Noir

I picked this one up on the way out of the grocery store at the Wine Shop, this wine is from Niagara on the Lake, generally speaking, compared to Beamsville, NOL are softer … This wine is garnet in color … Continue reading

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Marynissen Cabernet/Merlot 2017

Dark in color with a mild black berry nose that passed quickly as it breathed. On the mid palate the wine displays black berry notes, black plum, black cherries and the like. The fruit is most notable without food and … Continue reading

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Private Reserve True North 100% Canadian 2017 750ml

As always the term reserve, in Canada, has no specific designation … This one is dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark berries, some mocha and the like. … Continue reading

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Château Peyros Tannat/Cabernet Franc 2016

There was a hint that this was going to be a bigger wine, and that was that they added Cab Franc to soften the tannat … I think this might be my first tannat. Inky dark in color with a … Continue reading

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2018 Crew Cab Franc

Dark in color with a nice black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice vibrant black cherry notes to match the nose, some spot on varietal cab franc flavors. On the medium length finish the wine … Continue reading

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2016 Two Sisters Cab Franc

I wanted something special for Valentines day, so I splurged and order three different wines from Two Sisters to make the day! This one is dark in color with a nice cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays … Continue reading

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2018 Tawse Growers Blend Pinot Noir

I last wrote up the 2016 vintage of this wine which I grabbed at the winery. This one I grabbed at the LCBO. Deep garnet in color with a mild cherry/raspberry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a … Continue reading

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2014 Culmina Cab Franc

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely vibrant black cherry noes along with some dark chocolate and mocha notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some … Continue reading

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2014 Laughing Stock Portfolio

This wine was bought at the winery in Okanagan BC and give to me as a gift. Dark in color with a nice dark berry nose. On the mid palate this wine displays lovely, elegant dark cherries, and dark chocolate … Continue reading

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2014 Culina Cab Sauv

Back in 2017 I attended a tasting with Sara Triggs of this wine (and others) and was impressed and bought some, I’ve had it in the cellar ever since. A wine is ready to drink when you can’t wait any … Continue reading

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