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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.
Holiday Wine Suggestions December 2014 ‘Tis the season to drink wine (as if we needed any reason). As always, John and I will get asked “what wines should I bring to dinner” or “can you suggest a few bottles of wines for over the holidays”. So to preempt this, here are five wines we each suggest (so 10 total) that are in the LCBO currently, and will not make you stand out wh ...
Bordón Gran Reserva 2005 Dark in color with a nice nose of black berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely dark berries, and some chocolate notes along with some oak. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice firm tannins, some dryness all backed by some acidity. The tannins coat the pallet nicely. This is a nicely complex wine.
Leira Albariño 2013 I last reviewed the 2010 vintage of this wine and enjoyed it. Pale in color with a slightly crisp, slightly sweet nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some crisp citrus notes along with a hint of sugar. On the medium length finish the wine displays a hint of honeysuckle (think Riesling). But just a hint. It’s a reasonably food friendly wine. 88-89. A nice Alvarinho.
2011 Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir What can $30 bucks buy you that will stand out a bit from the crowd? Honestly, when it comes to wine, $30 can get you (at last count) 237 good bottles of wine (note: that figure was entirely made up). I think thirty is the figure where anyone walking into a wine store should walk out with a good bottle of wine. If you don’t, you’ve been robbed.
2011 Tawse Robyn’s Block Chardonnay In advance of our 10 wines for the holidays article, I thought I’d cover a few must drink wines. Tawse still remains the one Chardonnay producer from Niagara that I compare the rest of their competitors to. The oldest of the single vineyard chards to come out of this top-tier vineyard, yearly this is their benchmark wine.
2011 Hidden Bench Felseck Chardonnay I know that at www.canadianwineguy.com we laud the Chardonnays that come out of the Niagara region, but truly, enough cannot be said about them. As the region continues to mature the Burgundy varietals get stronger and grander. Hidden Bench is a vineyard I usually speak highly of for their Pinots and often times I tend to exclude them (by ...
Kaiken Terroir Series Corte Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Dark in color with a lovely nose of red berries. On the mid pallet the wine displays some deep lovely red cherry and cassis flavors. Quite intense. There’s even a little black berries coming through likely from the Malbec. On the medium length finish the wine displays some nice tannins, dryness and acidity that linger nicely in the mouth.
Errázuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2012 I tasted this one at the Chilean wine festival and decided to do a more thorough review so bought a bottle. Pale in color with a lovely varietal chard nose with some nice fruit and vanilla coming through. On the mid pallet this is a lovely smooth well made chard with the chard fruit in the forefront backed by some lovely vanilla notes.
2013 Emiliana Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Summer is over, and for us Canadians the cold hard truth of winter is settling in. Thankfully 2014 is coming to a much softer and gentler end than 2013 did. Despite mother nature taking her usual turn for the worst, there is no need to shelve your more traditional summer white wines just yet.
Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparkling Every now and then I enjoy some bubbles with my meal. I often reach for a prosecco but decided this time to try a Cava. Cavas like prosecco are inexpensive fine bubble sparkling wines. This one is pale in color with a lovely minerally nose. On the mid pallet the wine displays some lovely minerality along with some nice citrus notes, think lime.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.