Tuesday, May 28, 2024

EYE-POPPING Masciarelli 2019 ISKRA (Italy)

For those who think Montepulciano d'Abruzzo is a simple wine; 

now's the time to change all that:  

Masciarelli 2019 ISKRA - Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Riserva 

Friday, May 17, 2024

WONDERFUL Tenuta Sette Ponti 2020 Crognolo (Italy)

A Tuscan wine with history and taste. 

Time to talk about the Tenuta Sette Ponti 2020 Crognolo (again)


(Sangiovese / Merlot)
Rich and juicy with plenty of dark fruit, mocha, and nice acid hit on the tongue - well-balanced with a long finish. (****+)

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

INCREDIBLE : Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta 2015 Campeador (Spain)

First created in 1916, this Tempranillo-Grenache is a stellar wine 

even at almost 9 years from vintage - 

let me tell you what I mean as I talk about the 

Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta 2015 Campeador

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Cave Spring 2021 Gamay (YUMMY)

Ontario's red is Cabernet Franc, right? 

"Hold my chilled bottle," says Gamay Noir. "I might have something to say about that."

Today I'm looking at the Cave Spring Vineyard 2021 Gamay

Friday, May 3, 2024

UNCOMPROMISING 2027 Cellars 2020 King Street Vineyard Cabernet Franc

The 2020 vintage has given Ontarians some very different wines than usual - 

this Franc is different and yet follows in the footsteps of other wines from this producer

2027 Cellars 2020 King Street Vineyard Cabernet Franc


The Review

There's a gentle easiness about this wine that shows some real appeal. It has a fruit-forward core with the brightness of black cherry and floral. I could happily drink this Franc like I’d listen to the Kinks: All the Day and All the Night. (****+)


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

EXCITING Chateau de Pibarnon 2019 Bandol (France)

This was the first winery in the Bandol area I visited and it was stunning: 

the views, the cellar, and most of all the wine : 

Chateau de Pibarnon 2019 Bandol

Thursday, April 4, 2024

BLISSFUL Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Karia Chardonnay (California)

California Chardonnay is making the turn towards fresher, fruitier wines. 

It's been a slow roll out, but it's getting there. 

This wine is pointed in the right direction

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Karia Chardonnay



The chill here was perfect and brought out so many of this white's cool temperature loving characteristics. “Karia” is Greek for graceful and that's just what this wine was: super-pleasant from beginning to end. Rich, smoky, oaky, but with a fruit core, that doles out salinity and good acidity; vanilla and some butterscotch also join the show. The wine is made in what Marcus called “a less intervention style”. Only 9 months in barrel, 34% new, all French, with 8% going into stainless steel to retain a modicum of freshness. There's also 0.5% Muscat Canelli that sneaks in - just enough to give it a floral aspect.


Thursday, March 28, 2024

DELISH Ravine Vineyard 2021 Gamay Noir (Canadian Wine)

Gamay Noir is another Ontario red variety that does very well in the climate it has; why more wineries aren't making these wines is beyond me; but when a new one joins the fray, it's reason to celebrate

Ravine Vineyard 2021 Gamay Noir


Thursday, March 21, 2024

IMPRESSIVE Chateau Boucasse 2017 Grand Vin (France)

Time to taste Tannat from the Madiran region of France - 

known for grippy tannins and big fruit these wines age a long time : 

Chateau Boucasse 2017 Grand Vin


Chateau Boucassé 2017 Grand Vin de Madiran

60% Tannat with 20% each Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon ... These grapes take up 45 hectares of the 85-hectare vineyard Boucassé. The soils are "red and yellow clays on limestone" and the vine age ranges from 25 to 100 years. Slow fermentation happens between 8 to 10 days and a long maceration between 30 and 45 days (depending on the vintage) . It spends its first year in barrels, of which 20% to 30% are new, then 24 months in large wood casks. And after the 36 months is over, the wine spends another 2 years in bottle before release.

The note … Stunning nose that lures you into the glass. The fruit is smoky and has notes of blackberry, cassis and floral. Very approachable with a long finish. It's a lovely sipping wine. (**** ½)

Friday, March 15, 2024

STUNNING Peay Vineyards 2021 Pomarium Pinot Noir (California)

If you scour the internet, you'll find lots of quotes about Pinot Noir, 

I was looking for one to fit; 

but this kind of California Pinot Noir breaks a lot of molds. 

Cool climate California Pinot at its best: 

Peay Vineyards 2021 Pomarium Pinot Noir

Friday, March 8, 2024

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Monday, February 12, 2024

ROUSING Martin's Lane 2020 Dehart Vineyard Pinot Noir

Is Pinot Noir a good grape for the Okanagan Valley? 

Time will tell. But Martin's Lane winery is betting is it : 

Martin's Lane 2020 Dehart Vineyard Pinot Noir

Thursday, February 1, 2024

SURPRISING Feudo Arancio 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon (Italy)

When one thinks of Sicily, I suspect Cabernet Sauvignon

is not the grape that comes to mind - maybe it should be

Feudo Arancio 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon 


Here's the Written Review ...

This comes from the aforementioned Sicilian project ... A wonderful Cab from Sicily that's silky on the palate with notes of chocolate, red cherry and black cherry plus subtle tannins... Hidden behind that fruit our notes of vanilla and molasses. Only 10% new oak keeps the fruit fresh and forward ... A steal in Ontario at $15.95.