• Ventisquero Queulat Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2012

      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.

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    • Vino noceto sangiovese 2010

      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’ ...

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  • Forty Creek Cream Liquor mini review

    Forty Creek Cream Liquor mini review I don’t drink a lot of liquors but one of my weaknesses is Baileys. A friend pointed this one out to me and I had a chance to try it at the Gourmet Food and wine show. I was shocked how good it is. Creamy, smooth, and VERY similar to Baileys, one might even say better. Baileys is $17.95 for 375 ml so the Forty creek is ev ...

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  • 2012 19 Crimes Shiraz mini review

    2012 19 Crimes Shiraz mini review Dark in color with a mild nose. Nice black Berry mid pallet backed by some nice pepper and spice along with some acidity on a medium length finish. I would give it an 88 or so. From the LCBO web site: 19 C ...

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  • 2013 Susan sauv blanc

    2013 Susan sauv blanc My regular readers know I am a fan of Sauv blancs as well as a fan of Kacaba. 2012 was the first vintage of this wine. I was excited to see Kacaba doing it and bought a case. Sadly 2013 will be the last year for it, they were wiped out by our nasty winter. On our recent trip down to Niagara we tasted this one. This one is pale in color with a mild grassy nose.

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  • 2013 Calcu Sauv blanc mini review

    2013 Calcu Sauv blanc mini review Another one from the Chilean wine festival. Pale in color with a lovely varietal sauv blanc nose displaying some milder citrus and lemon notes. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely citrus notes to match the nose. This is a smooth sauv b ...

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  • 2012 Innocent bystander Pinot Noir

    2012 Innocent bystander Pinot Noir Lighter color mild on the nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some nice soft red berries along with some rustic notes. On the medium length finish the wine displays some spicy notes along with some acidity. This is very much a milder Pinot Noir. It builds in the mouth with the rustic notes most noticeable without food. 88 or so.

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  • 2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

    2011 Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Dark in color with a mild nose of dark cherries. On the mid pallet the wine has some lovely black cherries backed by some smooth tannins, some nice dryness, some acidity and some green notes. The wine is medium in length with some mild minty notes subtly there. I would give it an 88-89.

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  • 2009 TAWSE David’s Block Cabernet Merlot

    2009 TAWSE David’s Block Cabernet Merlot A small jaunt into the cellar for a wine to pair with lamb chops I decided on this wine. I’ll admit it was on the first shelf I went to and it hit what I was looking for: red, dominating and a bit younger. Lamb can so often be overwhelming on wines, as it is a bold meat that takes over meals.

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  • 2012 Edicion Limitada Sangiovese mini review

    2012 Edicion Limitada Sangiovese mini review Another one from the Chilean wine event. This one caught my attention in that Sangiovese is an Italian grape and I’ve never seen it in Chile before. Lovely dried red berry nose smack on varietal for a Sangiovese. In the mid pallet the wine displays some nice oak, red berries and dried notes again sma ...

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  • 2014 Puerto Viejo Sauv Blanc mini review

    2014 Puerto Viejo Sauv Blanc mini review I tasted this one at the recent Chilean Wine event at the ROM and it is one of the wines that stood out. Pale in color with a lovely bold nose with lots of grassy and some citrus notes coming through. On the mid pallet the wine matches the nose with lovely New Zealand style grassy notes coming through. On the medium ...

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  • 2012 Earthworks Shiraz

    2012 Earthworks Shiraz Inky dark in color with a mild nose. On the mid pallet displays some lovely rich black cherries. The fruit is definitely the star in this wine! It’s slightly jammy in texture. On the medium length finish the black cherries live on nicely backed by some nice acidity, some noticeable oak and some fine tannins. There’s a hint of pepper to the fi ...

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  • 2013 Coffin Ridge L’Acadie Blanc

    2013 Coffin Ridge L’Acadie Blanc Sometimes when you choose to grow grapes in cold places you have to think out of the box. Coffin Ridge is up near Collingwood which gets some cold winters. This grape L’Acadie Blanc is designed to endure our cold winters. Pale in color with a nice citrus and minerally nose.

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  • 2006 Kacaba Meritage

    2006 Kacaba Meritage Telling exactly how long a wine may keep is not always easy. Take this one as a point in case. When I bought it in 2011 I did not think it had a whole lot of time left. I acutally had intended to drink it within 2 years of buying it, but forgot about the wine for a bit Ah an error is rewarded. Dark in color with a mild nose.

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  • Drylands 2013 Sauv Blanc

    Drylands 2013 Sauv Blanc I had the pleasure of attending Kiwi Expat Associations wine tasting event here in Toronto. They featured a number of wines from New Zealand. In case you don’t know Kiwis are what New Zelanders call themselves. Ah the wealth of things you can learn here at CanadianWineGuy And yet again, I do digress … This wine was the highlight of the evening.

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