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Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012 Inky dark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine is a deep rich fruit forward Shiraz displaying lots of black berries to match the nose. The wine is fairly complex in the mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some noticeable alcohol along with some mild acidity.
2012 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay Slightly golden in color with a lovely varietal nose with some vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely vanilla and some cream coming through along with some pear. The wine is medium in length with some nice mouth grip. This is a very nice typical California style chard. I would give it a solid 89 ...
Château du Port Cuvée Prestige Malbec 2010 Dark in color with a dark berry nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some slightly sweet dense black berry notes, almost blueberry like. Classic Malbec. On the medium length finish the wine displays some tannins. Alcohol and acidity are well in check. I would give it an 89 or so.
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 mini review Dark in color with a nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays cherries to match the nose. This is a lovely deep rich cab with a medium length finish. But at $49.95 it ought to be.
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.
Château La Maroutine 2009 Dark color smooth nose. Nice red berry cab franc mid pallet. On the medium length finish the wine displays some lovely dryness and some tannins. 89 or so. Not in the LCBO but Lifford lists the wine for $17.99. From the Lifford web site: Tasting Notes: Ruby colour. Intense and deep, powerful nose with red jammy fruit notes.
2012 Franciscan Chardonnay Pale in color with a lovely varietal nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays lovely chard fruit along with some beautiful vanilla on the medium length finish. This is an elegant, bold complex rich chard. I really liked it. Be careful this is one of those chards that is very susceptible to temperature.
I love my cab francs. Niagara makes some lovely one. So on our trip to the Finger Lakes I was anxious to try theirs. This one is dark in color with a nice nose of dark berries. On the mid pallet the wine immediately hits with some pepper and then comes through with lots of black cherries. Rich and bold.
Dark in color with a nice nose of softer red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely soft red berries to match the nose. Think mild strawberry jam along with some raspberries, but not too sweet. This is backed quickly by a medium length finish that displays some lovely tannins along with some nice dryness ...
I was walking through a farmers market at Ryerson the other day and there was Pilliteri. They explained to me that there is a pilot project allowing wineries to sample and sell there wines at farmers markets! An excellent idea. Ontario’s archaic alcohol laws need some change if only the teeny tiny one this represents. I do digress.
Another one from our road trip to the Finger Lakes. Almost golden in color with a mild nose of peaches. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with peaches and stone fruit coming through boldly with a hint of sweetness. The wine is medium in length on the finish with some nice minerality living on in the mouth. The wine has some reasonable mouth grip for a Pinot Gris. Very nice wine.
I love Sauv Blancs. They are super food friendly versatile wines. New Zealand make some terrific ones, albeit a bit on the pricer side. This one is an essential meaning it is regularly available. Pale in color with a lovely nose of pink grapefruit. On the mid pallet the wine has pink grapefruit and citrus notes to match the nose. The wine has a medium length finish with some lovely mouth grip.
Pale in color with mild nose of pear and vanilla. On the mid pallet the wine has some mild pear notes but where this wine lives is in the medium length finish where vanilla lives in spades. The wine has some nice mouth grip and lives on nicely. It is a very food friendly wine. We paired it with pan fried Cod and it went well.
I love Cab Francs! We just got back from our first ever trip to the Finger Lakes in New York State as part of a road trip. Our wine club has featured Lamoreaux wines before so stopping by this winery was a must. The Finger Lakes is a lovely picturesque place to sample wine! This wine is lighter in color almost garnet. On the nose some red berries are coming through.