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Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2012 Garnet in color with lovely ristic varietal pinot noir nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely soft red berries, strawberries and the like to match the nose. The wine is medium in length with some lovely rustic notes lingering in the mouth along with some acidity, some tannins and a hint of pepper. Quite a nice pinot noir.
Vino noceto sangiovese 2010 Dark in color Lovely rich nose. On the mid pallet there are lovely rich red berries backed by some bold firm tannins on a dry finish with some nice spicy peppery notes. This wine has some lovely complexity to it. I would give it an 89-90. Sadly not at the LCBO. From the Winery’s web site for the 2011 vintage: 2011 NOCETO SANGIOVESE, 750ML Noceto’ ...
2012 Fielding Red Conception Niagara makes some great Cab Francs, and Fielding is one of my favorite wineries doing consistent stuff in the bench. This wine is 68% cab Franc 18% cab Sauv 8% Syrah 6% Petit-Verdot. The back of the bottle says the concept behind this wine was to create a unique blend of premium varietals that integrated together harmoniously.
2012 Cave Springs Sauv Blanc Pale in color with a mild citrus nose. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. On the medium length finish the wine leaves a hint of the citrus notes to linger in the mouth. This is a smooth, gentle, well made, food friendly Sauv blanc.
Featherstone Red Tail Merlot 2012 Dark in color with a firm nose of dark cherries. On the mid palate the wine matches the nose with dark cherries coming through. The fruit is quite nice and fairly bold. It’s more reminiscent of a cab than a Merlot IMHO but there are some mild subtle plum notes. On the medium length finish the wine has some nice smooth tannins with the oak an ...
One of Italy’s legendary wines is a Barolo. They are made from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolos are big, bold, expressive and complex … but they are also expensive. Barbarescos are also made from the Nebbiolo grape. I call Barbarescos a poor man’s Barolo This one is in the general list at the LCBO and has been good for quite a while now. This one is deep garnet in color with a nose of dark cherries.
2012 Mission hill Shiraz mini review Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. Inky dark in color with a nose of dark berries. On the mid palate the wine displays some lovely blueberry notes backed by some nice peppery notes and acidity into a medium length finish. A very nice varietal shiraz. I would give it an 89 or so. Available from Marc Anthony wines for $18.
2010 Mission Hill Compendium mini review Another wine from the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting. I last reviewed the Quatrain and lvoed it so much I bought a case and shared it with some family members with discerning tastes! I love Okanagan wines, they are so big and bold. This one is dark in color with a mild nose of red berries.
Castello di Spaltenna Chianti Classico 2011 Dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice mild red berries. But where this wine lives is in the medium length finish which displays some some nice smooth tannins, nice dryness and spicy notes. The wine has some nice mouth grip, lingering nicely with the peppery notes and the tannins hanging around for a bit.
Redhawk Vineyard Grateful Red Pinot Noir 2012 Garnet in color with a mild nose of some red berries and maybe even chocolate. On the mid pallet the wine displays red berry notes more reminiscent of a cab than a pinot. I found myself puzzled on this one for how to describe the mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some firm acidity, and some nice dryness al ...
2012 Toasted head Cab Sauv Inky dark in color with a mild nose of dark red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays milder dark red berries to match the nose. This wine lives in the finish where it displays some lovely fine velvety tannins. The wine has some very nice mouth grip where the dryness lingers for quite a bit. This wine is quite interesting in it’s complexity.
The Lackey Shiraz 2012 Inky dark in color with a mid nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some mild blueberry and black berry notes consistent with the nose. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins along with some nice peppery notes. I would give it an 88 or so. Not a bad Shiraz at all, albeit a milder one. We paired it with lasagna and it went well.
Cooper’s Hawk 2010 Cab Franc Reserve mini review I have not had much exposure to Lake Erie wines so when I was at Taste Ontario a while back I tried this one. Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark cherries. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely bold dark cherries to match the nose along with some chocolate notes.
2013 Casa-Deea Dea’s Cuvee sparkling wine I enjoy being close to two wine regions, Niagara and Prince Edward County. The wines from PEC are coming along nicely. Casa Dea has been doing some consistently good wines for a while now. This one, is just an example of that. I last wrote up the 2011 vintage of this wine so when I wanted a bubbly for New Years eve I reached for this one.
2012 Pepperjack Red This is one of those kitchen sink blends. They throw everything into the mix other than the kitchen sink See below for the list. Interesting to see Austrailia growning Tempranillo, a tradional Spanish grape. Inky dark in color with a mild nose of black berries. On the mid palet the wine displays some firm black berries. The shiraz is shining through.
2012 McGregor Vineyards Reserve Cab Franc Back in the summer we took a trip down to the finger lakes and I was impressed enough to buy a number of wines at the winery. This is one of those. Dark in color with a nice smooth red berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with lovely bold rich rd berry notes, a traditional fruit forward cab franc.
Pondview Bella Terra Chardonnay 2011 I was walking through the local LCBO and Neils Wandler from Pondview was sampling Pondview’s wine so I gave this one a try. I liked it so much I bought three bottles. Golden in color with a nice albeit mild chard nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely chard fruit along with some nice vanilla notes. Slightly creamy in texture.
2010 Mission Hill Quatrain I had the absolute pleasure of being invited to the Marc Anthony portfolio tasting where this wine was being poured. I enjoyed it so much I bought a case. And then took one of the bottles to my family Christmas gathering. There are some real wine gurus in my family so I choose the wines I take carefully. Dark in color with a lovely nose of dark and red berries.