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2016 Map Maker Sauv Blanc

Pale in color with a nice crisp dry nose … On the mid palate the wine delivers a lovely crisp dry Sauv blacn with nice lemon and grassy notes coming through. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice crisp tartness, maybe a hint of grapefruit and some nice acidity. A lovely food friendly wine. I paired it with a cream sauce seafood ravioli and it went perfectly I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO 🙂 Looks like it’s carried by Lifford for $23.25 a bottle. We had it at Snug Harbor.



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2015 Azul cab Sauv (mini review)

I previously tasted Azul’s Sauv blanc and enjoyed it! This one is inky dark in color with a bold dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine has a lovely, expressive dark cherry tastte to match the nose along with some hints of mocha. On the medium length finish the wine displays some subtle tannins and acidity. This would be a super food friendly wine for dishes like red sauce based pasta, or salmon. I would give it an 88+. Not in the LCBO but available in cases of 12 for $26 a bottle from Apparition Wines . Yumm. This wine saw no oak, so it allows the fruit to be the star … It is 100% cab sauv.

From the winery’s web site :
AZUL CABERNET SAUVIGNON
This is a fresh and vibrant style of Cabernet Sauvignon with flavor nuances of black cherry, cassis and red plumb with slight notes of coffee and black pepper. Ideal for burgers, barbecue and grilled meats.

Best Served at 62-65°F

Vineyards Location: Tupungato Altitude: 1200 Plantation year: 1993 Irrigation system: drip Production per hectare: 75 qq



-- Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:59:49 +0000




2015 Flat Rock Pinot noir

Flat Rock have been consistently, quietly making varietal Pinot Noirs for a long time now. This one is no exception. Garnet in color with nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice soft red berries to match the nose. Think raspberry and strawberry notes along with some rustic flavors. On the medium length finish the wine displays some soft tannins and acidity. This is a soft well made pinot. If your looking for a gentle wine to compliment something like salmon, or a wine that is a good introduction to Pinot Noir this is an excellent choice. I would give it an -88. The price is starting to creep up there. If you want something with a little more complexity on the finish checkout Flat Rock’s Gravity Pinot Noir.

from the LCBO web site:
Flat Rock Pinot Noir — VINTAGES#: 1545
STYLE – Medium-bodied & Fruity $20.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 13.0% Made in: Ontario, Canada By: Flat Rock Cellars Sugar Content:3 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Description: Innovative Flat Rock Cellars specializes in crafting elegant Pinot Noir. This elegant wine is a great introduction, with its flavours of raspberry, beetroot, smoked meat and spice. This works well with grilled salmon or with veal in a red wine reduction.



-- Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:32:01 +0000

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2016 Jacobs Creek Reserve Chard

Pale in color with a mild nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely varietal apple and pear. On the finish the wine displays some nice mild vanilla notes. This is a gently oaked chard. Nice and dry. Be sure and watch the temperature you serve it at. Too cold and it may seem bland, too warm and the acidity will come out. I would give it an 88 or so. Not a bad deal at all for the price.

From the LCBO web site:
Jacob’s Creek Reserve Chardonnay Adelaide Hills — LCBO#: 270017
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
Medium lemon colour; subtle aromas of ripe apple, butter, vanilla and citrus; dry, medium to full-bodied and balanced acidity; apple fruit, oak spice and pear flavours; medium finish $14.95

PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:July 25, 2012
Alcohol/Vol 12.1% Made in: South Australia, Australia By: Jacobs Creek Wines Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry



-- Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:13:02 +0000




2015 H3 Cab sauv

Dark in color with a nice vibrant nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with bold black cherries coming through nicely, backed almost immediately by some strong pepper/spicey notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm tannins and acidity. This is a bigger wine that would benefit from some breathing or a little ageing, or drink it with something that can hold up to it. I would give it an 88+.

From the LCBO web site:
Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon — VINTAGES#: 210047
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 3, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Washington, USA By:Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Sugar Content:7 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon Description: Columbia Crest has risen from strength to strength since emerging in 1983, and Vintages customers have fallen in love with this focused and appealing Cab. Smooth, generous and fruity with chocolate and coffee notes. Try with coffee-and-porter-braised brisket. $20.95



-- Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:43:47 +0000




2014 Chapel Hill cab sauv mini review

Dark in color with a nice varietal cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely cherry notes dominating. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins and acidity. This is a smooth well made, food friendly cab. I would give it an 88 or so. It will be coming out in Vintages on July 8th.

Here’s the data from the previous vintage from the LCBO web site:
Chapel Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 965830
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Open-fermented, basket-pressed, 20 months in French hogsheads (23% new). Strong crimson-purple hue; dyed in the wool McLaren Vale cabernet, with a whirl of blackcurrant, dried herbs, black olive and unashamed cabernet tannins. Will cruise through the next 20 years. Drink By: 2035. Score – 94. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 27, 2015) $28.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:November 28, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: South Australia, Australia By:Chapel Hill Winery Pt. Ltd.Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry



-- Wed, 14 Jun 2017 15:19:19 +0000

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2014 Chateau Senejac

I recently decided to try something I hadn’t done before, buy a Bordeaux future. This is one of those. You buy them in advance of their release based on barrel tasting. Dark in color with a lovely cab dominating nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some beautiful rich dark berries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some beautiful rich tannins and acidity. This is a smooth well made, not edgy Bordeaux. I paired it with rack of lamb and it went perfectly. And dessert was of course a chocolate chip cookie. Yum. I would give the wine a solid 89. Which for $22 is well worth it. Fortunately I bought 4!!!!

Haut-Médoc – Red Wine
4 x CHÂTEAU SÉNÉJAC 2014 0426668 $22.00 RP 89-91 JR 16 DEC 87
SÉNÉJAC Cellar Starter 426668 (XD) 750mL
TASTING NOTE: The Château Sénéjac 2014 has a fresh, lively bouquet, those energetic blackberry and boysenberry fruit leaping from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and tones it down a little. But there is commendable energy here, well-judged acidity and plenty of blackberry and raspberry fruit on the finish that linger long in the mouth. This comes recommended. Drink: 2018-2028. Score: 89-91 (RP)



-- Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:40:05 +0000




2014 Kingston Shiraz (mini review)

Inky dark in color with a mild black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice smooth black berry to match the nose. Not quite blueberry. On the medium length finish the wine has smooth tannins and acidity. There’s next to no pepper on this one, to my tastes this is more of a Syrah in style. It’s super food friendly. I would give it an 88 or so. Sadly not in the LCBO. Another one off the wine list at Lord Nelsons.

From the winery’s website:
2014 SHIRAZ
CLARE VALLEY & MT BENSON
COLOUR: Deep crimson with purple hues
BOUQUET: Wonderful blackberry and pepper spice with a hint of fruitcake and menthol.
PALATE: Superbly full bodied with layers of lush dark berry and plum fruit with subtle pepper and eucalypt nuances. A smooth restrained finish is balanced by the soft tannin structure and lingering spice.
CUISINE: Perfectly paired with barbecued foods, richly flavoured meats and game birds.
CELLARING
Under ideal conditions will develop further flavour complexity to 5
years.
Alcohol – 14.5% Alc/Vol
The warm Clare Valley climate provides lush dark berry fruit characters, whilst the cooler ripening conditions of the Mount Benson fruit provide berry flavours and varietal elegance. The grapes were harvested at optimum night temperatures and Baume with individual vineyard selections kept seperately
throughout. Ferment temperatures started at –20°C then were all owed to peak at 28-29°C and conducted in small static fermenters before being drained and pressed from skins then allowed to finish alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Maturation was in French and American Oak.

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-- Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:21:09 +0000




2014 Humble Pie cab sauv

Dark in color with a nice smooth black cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine is a spot on Cali cab with lots of lovely black cherries coming through. Not super fruity, not too sweet, just right. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth tannins and acidity. A super food friendly wine. I paired it with pan fried veal in a mushroom sauce and it went well. I would give it an 88-89. I had it off the by glass menu at Lord Nelson’s in Burlington. Not in the LCBO sadly.

From the winery’s web site:
HUMBLE PIE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 USD$14.99
The 2014 Humble Pie Cabernet hails from four vineyards in the Central Coast growing region. The majority of the grapes come from Hames Valley, which is known for being one of the warmer regions in the Central Coast, and the San Lucas appellation which has the highest diurnal temperature variations of any appellation in California.

WINEMAKING: The shale-and-loam soil, plus the above-average temperature in Hames Valley and San Lucas for the Central Coast, leads to a perfect growing region for this 100% cabernet. Our grapes were picked early in the morning before the rains came in late October. After being picked, the grapes were immediately sent to the winery where the wine was slowly fermented at a cool temperature and aged on French Oak for 10 months.

TASTING NOTES: Initial aromas are black currant, cherry, vanilla, white pepper and strawberry rise from the glass. Humble Pie has a wonderful acidity which carries flavors of black currant, vanilla bean, cedarwood and a hint of cigar.

FOOD PAIRINGS: Humble Pie is a perfect stand-alone wine; it will also pair well with hearty meat dishes and wild game.

APPELLATION: Central Coast, CA. WINEMAKER: Tony Leonardini
ALCOHOL: 13.9%

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-- Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:10:08 +0000

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2014 Spy Valley Pinot Noir (mini review)

A reminder, when I put mini review it means the review is based on a small tasting likely at an event. This one is garnet in color with a nice soft red berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice varietal pinot fruit, raspberry/strawberries. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins and acdidity. A nice pinot. I would give it an 88 or so. Not in the LCBO right now, $24.95 when it comes back under vintages number 734681 or available by the case from Noble Estates. (Southern Valleys)



-- Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:20:20 +0000




2016 Closson Chase Pinot Gris (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely stone fruit nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice stone fruit, peach and the like to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice acidity and mouth grip. it builds nicely in the mouth and would be VERY food friendly. I would give it an 88+. $22.95 a bottle but only available in case of 12 at the winery? This is made from County Fruit.

from the winery’s web site :
Winemaker’s Notes:
Fruit explosion in a glass! Orchard fruit, peach, pear, golden delicious apple leads to wet stone & citrus in the mouth. Finishes clean and crisp with good fruit and acid.

The Pinot Gris was handpicked and processed the same day. It was cool temperature fermented at 16 ⁰C for 10 days in stainless steel. Cold stabilized to 0 ⁰C after fermentation.



-- Wed, 31 May 2017 13:15:45 +0000




2015 Sterling Vintner’s Merlot

Dark in color with a nice dark cherry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm acidity and tannins. The 13.5% alcohol is quite noticeable. Some breathing would definitely help. I would give it an 88 or so, quite nice albeit a bit edgey. To my tastes this is much more of cab than a Merlot.

From the LCBO web site:
Sterling Vintner’s Merlot — LCBO#: 622837
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Deep ruby colour; ripe blackberry fruit aromas; medium-full bodied with supple fruit and integrated tannins. Well balanced. Ample fruit throughout $16.15
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:January 1, 2001
Alcohol/Vol 13.5% Made in: USA By: Sterling Vineyards Sugar Content:2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:XD – Extra Dry



-- Mon, 29 May 2017 14:47:43 +0000

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2012 Peller Signature series sur lie Chardonnay

Slightly golden in color with lovely varietal nose with lots of pear and apple coming through. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with apple and pear dominating the mid palate. This is a lovely bold, expressive, varietal chard. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice smooth vanilla and some slight creamyness. This is a smooth well made, not over baked chard. Yum. I would give it an 89 or so. I paired it with a sea bass and it was perfect! Did I mention yum? In case you want to read up on Sur de lie follow the link.

From the LCBO’s web site for a different year:
Peller Estates Signature Series Chardonnay Sur Lie 2013 — VINTAGES#: 383075
STYLE – Full-bodied & Rich
2012 was a massive year with much weight given to many Chardonnays – but here we have the more (for lack of a better term) delicate 2013 Sur Lie Chard – here the wine sees 30% new oak and 12 months on its ‘lies’ (pronounced ‘lees’ – aka: dead yeast cells) … the result is aromas of vanilla, butter, candied apple, grilled peach and green apple skins … palate is fresh, lively and fruit driven with the subtlety of apple, butterscotch and a nice spice on the finish. Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (Michael Pinkus, ontariowinereview.com, April 19, 2016) $31.95

From the winery’s web site for a different year:
SIGNATURE SERIES CHARDONNAY SUR LIE 2014 $31.95 / BOTTLE
Our Signature Series Chardonnay ‘Sur Lie’ is harvested from selected premium vineyard sites within the Niagara Peninsula. The grapes are gently pressed to release the purest of juice, then barrel fermented and aged sur lie for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels (30% new oak).

This full-bodied Chardonnay has a slightly rich mouthfeel and just enough acidity to refresh. Flavours of tropical fruit and delicate notes of spice and toasty show/hide remainder of description develop on the palate. The smooth finish lingers with spicy oak and grilled lemon. Enjoy this wine now through 2017.

Serve lightly chilled at 14 to 15°C. If served too cold the beautiful bouquet and flavours will be muted. A perfect rich, luscious sipping wine or pair with mushroom risotto; creamy mushroom soup; baked butternut squash; grilled pork chops with Dijon and tarragon; delicate cream sauces on pasta tossed with smoked salmon or scallops; grilled firm fillets of fish on cedar plank; roasted game hen with pine nut stuffing; turkey pot pies.



-- Thu, 25 May 2017 12:03:19 +0000




Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine displays bold rich dark cherries to match the nose. On the medium length finish this wine displays a lovely smooth acidity and tannins. And if that was the end of the review the wine would get strong accolades. But then it hit, an almost immediate and the worst allergic reaction I have ever encountered. A massive asthmatic reaction impacting my breathing. The wine on the back says contains sulphites which is known to cause such reactions but the levels present must be beyond anything I have ever encountered. If your sensitive to sulphites, avoid this wine like the plague.

From the LCBO web site:
Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 — VINTAGES#: 360222
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Aromas of vanilla, herb, cocoa and barrel spice lead the nose of this attractive Cab. The well-balanced palate offers coffee and dark fruit flavors that transition seamlessly into a lingering finish. Score – 90. (Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 1, 2016) $19.95
PRODUCT DETAILS
Release Date:April 29, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Washington, USA By: Chat Ste Michelle Sugar Content:5 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry Style: Full-bodied & Smooth



-- Mon, 22 May 2017 11:54:50 +0000




Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2016 (mini review)

Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose of stone fruits, think peach and the like. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some nice peach coming through! On the medium finish the wine displays some nice crisp acidity and some nice mouth grip as the wine builds in the mouth. This is a spot on Pinot Gris, just the way I like them. Should be super food friendly too. This is another one from the New Zealand wine fair. I would give it an 88+

From the winery’s web site:
LAWSON’S DRY HILLS PINOT GRIS 2016
Region: Marlborough New Zealand
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.55 RS: 6.8g/L TA: 5.4g/L Brix: 22 – 22.4

The majority of the fruit for this wine is from our own Waihopai Valley vineyard. It was cropped at low levels to achieve concentrated flavours and a rich, weighty texture. 10% of the juice was fermented with wild yeast in aged French oak. Aromas include freshly sliced nashi pear, lemon curd and almond meal whilst the palate which is just off-dry, add ripe, juicy stonefruit characters.

Cellaring: Enjoy whilst young or cellar for two to four years.

Food Match: Perfect with rich cheeses, roast pork with a pear sauce, creamy pastas, poultry and seafoods.

From the LCBO web site for a different year:
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2014 — VINTAGES#: 415158 | 750 mL bottle
STYLE – Aromatic & Flavourful
Pinot Gris is grown nearly everywhere in New Zealand, with more aromatic versions emerging from the cooler South Island. Despite regional variation, the vast majority of NZ PG is closer in style to Alsace, with great focus on texture and complexity. This example from Marlborough is complex, rich and ripe with lots of tropical fruit, honey, good weight, length and texture. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2014) $14.25

PRODUCT DETAILS
show/hide remainder of description Release Date:November 14, 2015
Alcohol/Vol 14.0% Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand By: Lawsons Dry Hills Sugar Content:10 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry



-- Sat, 20 May 2017 12:18:26 +0000

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