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Throughout the year WineSavvy Consultants will be rating wines and posting their results monthly on this page.

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July 2007 Wine Ratings

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Canada

White

89 Henry of Pelham Riesling Off Dry 2006, Niagara ($14.95)
By the looks of it, 2006 is turning out to be another great Riesling vintage. This wine possesses a white gold colour and a youthful bouquet of peach, lime zest, minerals and honey. Medium body with a refreshingly long finish. Great value! (ES)

 

88 Reif Estate Winery Chenin Blanc 2006, Niagara River ($18.95)
A Chenin that teems with honeysuckle, green apple and minerals. The palate has a touch of sweetness, which works well with the fresh acid. The clean finish resonates with clementines and honey. Very good length. Has enough weight to pair up with fresh shucked oysters or Rockefeller style.

 

85 Reif Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc
A light to medium bodied S.B. with mild flavours of fresh cut grass, minerals, grapefruit and gooseberries. Dry with a medium finish. (ES)

 

82 Coyote’s Run Pinot Gris 2006, Niagara
A light wine that is crisp with moderate aromas of pear, citrus and flint. Chill it down and enjoy it as an aperitif. (ES)

 

Rose

86 Reif Estate Gamay Rose, Niagara River ($10.95)
This is a serious dry Rose. Starting with a deep pink colour it heads into an intense bouquet of fresh strawberries, raspberries and black pepper. Medium length and easy to drink…maybe too easy!. Pair it up with grilled salmon or pork tenderloin in a mild bbq sauce.

 

Red

88 Coyotes Run Meritage 2005, Niagara ($24)
A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot. The medium cherry colour leads the way to a bouquet of blackberries, plum, smoky chocolate and herbs. Medium to full body with firm tannins and very good length. Drink over the next 4 to 6 years. (ES)

 

86 Lakeview Merlot 2005, Niagara ($13.95)
This is just your everyday, good ol’ fashion everyday drinking Merlot.  It has a pleasant bouquet of plum, smoke, cherry and dark chocolate. Try it with braised short ribs. (ES)

 

 

Greece

 

87 Boutari Skalani Syrah/Kotsifali 2004, Crete ($19.95)
This is one of those new fangled international/indigenous grape combinations that Greece is becoming known for. The Syrah gives the plum, spice and licorice aromas and the Kotsifali gives the gamey and leather component. Mid weight with some heat on the finish and perfectly suited for roasted lamb. (ES)

Germany

 

91 St. Urbans-Hof Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese 2006, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($38.95)
During my visit to Germany, I had the chance to taste the entire line up of the 06’s at St. Urbans-Hof. This wine stood shoulders above the rest. A sublime nose of tropical fruits, honey and hefeweizen beer (think banana, yeast and spice) leads the way to a full bodied mouthful of pineapple and various fruits. Superb depth and length with noticeable sweetness, enough so to match with lighter fruit based desserts. (ES)

 

 

90 Selbach-Oster Zeltlinger Schlossberg Riesling Kabinett 2006, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($32.45)
Tasted at the winery with owner Johannes Selbach. A superb Kabinett with peach, honey, lime, pineapples and minerals on the nose and a ripe palate showcasing citrus, honey and a long mineral finish. At least a decade of aging ahead of it.(ES)

 

 

89 St.Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett 2006, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($23.95)
Normally this wine has a distinctive mineral personality but in 2006 there was an incredible amount of botrytis, so this version is riper, with a peach, apricot, pineapple and honey profile. In the mouth, the wine retains a good citrus backbone. Drink over the next 5 to 6 years. (ES)

 

88 Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Bernkastler Badstube Riesling Kabinett 2003. Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($22.95)
This Kabinett benefited from the insane heat wave that hit Europe in 2003. It starts off rich and ripe with lots of peach and tropical fruit flavours. Only when it hits the palate does it turn “Moselesque;” with a lean personality, good acid, off dry and a dose of minerality. Drink over the next 4 years. (ES)

 

87 Lingenfelder Grosskarlbacher Osterberg Riesling Spatlese 2003, Pfalz ($21.95)
From one of the most famous in the Pfalz comes this mid weight Riesling with a profile of petrol, honey and lime. There is good depth with lots of crisp green apple on the finish. Now to 2008

 

87 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Qba, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer ($19.99)
Pale yellow colour and off dry with pear, apple, citrus and qualities. The finish resonates with grapefruit and green apple. (ES)

 

87 Domdechant Werner Weingut Hochheimer Hoelle Riesling Kabinett 2004, Rheingau ($18.95)
A lighter style of Riesling with peach, citrus and honey and white flowers. Although it is slim in the mouth there is very good length. Drink now. (ES)

 

 

May 2007 Wine Ratings

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Australia

90 3 Rings Shiraz 2005, Barossa ($21.95)
This is a high octane, lavishly full bodied, jammy, extracted wine, the likes of which makes Aussie fanatics go gaga. Crammed to the hilt with plums, blackberries, spice and vanilla. Full bodied with excellent length and some noticeable heat (15.5% alcohol) on the finish. Screw cap closure. (ES)

 

Canada

Red

91 Stoney Ridge Cabernet Franc Wismer Vineyard 2005, Twenty Mile Bench ($37.95)
Having tasted all the vintages of the 00’s, I can unequivocally state that this is the best version to date. The vineyard is on a slope with a privileged eastern aspect. This helps the grapes to capture the first rays of sunlight, in turn increasing ripeness. Harvested at an incredible 25.2 brix, the wine has a natural alcohol level of 14.4%! Full bodied with lots of blackberries, cassis, vanilla and spice as well as a light herbal note. The palate is almost sweet with a texture akin to suede, with plenty of tannins giving unobtrusive support. Long finish. Now to 2016, and possibly beyond. (ES)

 

89 Stoney Ridge Founder’s Signature Collection Meritage 2005, Niagara ($42.95)
The heat of 2005 shows through as the wine has lots of blackberries, plums and raspberries as well as licorice, vanilla, cocoa and coffee. It is elegant, with excellent tannin structure and an admirable finish. Drink over the next 5 to 10 years. (ES)

 

88 Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir Reserve 2005, Niagara ($29.95)
Constantly one of Niagara’s best Pinots as witnessed by the Gold Medal at this year’s Cuvee Awards. Lots of plums, cherries, violets, spice and earth flavours built on a smooth frame. Tannins are supple and will allow short term aging. Now to 2011. (ES)

 

88 Calamus Meritage 2005, Niagara ($28)
This new winery in Jordan has come out of the gates strong with its first releases. This blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Franc and 6% Merlot is a medium to full bodied offering with aromas of toasty oak, cassis, cocoa and bell pepper on the nose as well as a ripe core of blackberries, spice, cassis and vanilla on the palate. Very good length with grip on the finish. From 2008 to 2013. (ES)

 

88 Calamus Red 2005, Niagara ($13)
This is an incredible value in homegrown product and a definite case purchase. More approachable than the Calamus Meritage, it is a blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It serves up a nose of cassis, vanilla, spice, raspberry and tobacco. The palate is ripe with notes of cocoa as well as very good length. Now to 2011. (ES)

 

88 Stoney Ridge Cabernet Franc Icewine 2005, Niagara ($59.95)
Just like strawberry jam slathered on a piece of buttered toast. Mid weight, rich texture and balanced. (ES)

White

 

88 Angels Gate Old Vines Chardonnay 2004, Niagara ($23.95)
The oak influence of caramel, vanilla and spice meshes together with the green apple and citrus flavours. Mid weight, length finish and well balanced. (ES)

 

88 Stoney Ridge Chenin Blanc Icewine 2006, Niagara ($59.95/375ml)
There are only 150 cases of this wine, which will be released later on this year. Apple juice, apple puree, pear puree and minerals are all present in this singular offering. Even though there is good amount of sweetness, it is balanced by lots of natural brisk acidity. Pair it up with Tarte Tartin. (ES)

 

87 Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Reserve 2005, Niagara ($13.95)
A steal at this price. Honey, toast, spice and green apple are all present with just the right amount of acidity and creaminess. Clean finish with a touch of minerality. (ES)

 

87 Calamus Gewurztraminer 2006, Niagara ($16)
This is a mid weight Gewurz with characteristics of  honey, spice, floral, pineapple and baked apples. Lengthy finish with just a touch of residual sugar. (ES)

 

87 Stoney Ridge Proprietor’s Reserve Brut 2005, Niagara ($34.95)
Stoney’s first release of a Traditional Method sparkler is full of pinpoint bubbles and a character that concentrates on green apple, citrus, honey and mild toasty notes. A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. (ES)

 

87 Stoney Ridge Reserve Chardonnay 2005, Niagara ($19)
This is a blend of old vine Chardonnay aged in new French oak and Chardonnay Musque which was vinified in stainless steal. Together they compliment each other nicely. Lots of toasty, smoky, floral, and tropical fruit aromas as well as a delicate mouth feel and refreshing acid. Serve with 3 year old aged Cheddar. (ES)

 

86 Stoney Ridge 2006 Beamsville Bench Riesling, Niagara ($11.85)
A white gold colour is followed by a bouquet of pear, peach, honey and cactus fruit. In the mouth, the wine has lift as well as a light sweetness and medium length. (ES)

 

86 Calmus Riesling 2005, Niagara ($14)
Made from young vines, the wine displays a white gold colour as well as a bouquet petrol, lime, slate, honey, peach and citrus. Medium length, off dry and a good dose of alcohol on the finish. (ES)

 

March 2007 Wine Ratings

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Australia

87 Peter Lehmann Eights Songs 2001, Barossa ($39.95)
Displays typical Barossa qualities of spice, tar, cocoa and dark plums. Although the nose is beautiful, the palate lacks length and depth, giving way to a good dose of alcohol on the finish. (ES)

 

Argentina

87 Crios De Susana Balbo Torrontes 2006, Cafayate ($10.95)
Torrontes, originally from the Galicia region of Spain has found its adopted home in the high altitude/dry areas of Argentina. What does Torrontes taste like? Well imagine a hypothetical blend of Gewurz, Viognier and Muscat. Perfumed to say the least;  lots of peach, honey, spice, orange blossom, flowers and lychee on the nose. The palate is dry and crisp with a touch of grapefruit bitterness on the finish. A steal at this price and the perfect fit for the summer months. (ES)

 

California

86 R.H. Philips Toasted Head Chardonnay 2005, California ($20.95)
This perennial consumer favorite clocks in with the usual slathering of oak, which encompasses the pineapple and apple aromas. Medium length and just the right amount of acid to provide lift. (ES)

 

Chile

91 Cousino-Macul Finis Terrae 2003, Maipo ($29.95)
A superb offering from the fabulous 03 vintage in Chile. Black colour with loads of cassis, smoke, blackberry, cocoa and herbs. Medium bodied with a concentrated core of jammy black fruits as well as excellent length and a solid backbone of tannin. Drink it over the next 5 years as it offers immediate gratification. A blend of 60% Cab Sauv and 40% Merlot. (ES)

 

Canada

 

White

90 Tawse Carly’s Block Riesling  2006, Twenty Mile Bench ($25)
Tawse has a new winemaking team in place. As a bonus, Montreal born Pascal Marchand, ex of Domaine de la Vougerie fame is the new wine consultant. Stylistically, the new wines are less over ripe (read elegant), but by no means are they lesser quality. This Riesling possesses a green/white gold colour and serves up flint, apple, lime, honey and pink grapefruit. There is also a perfect equilibrium between the residual sugar and acid. It is still young and will only get better with age. Now to 2015.  (ES)

 

89 Tawse Beamsville Bench Chardonnay 2004, Beamsville Bench ($42)
Honey, apple, spice, vanilla and toast are all part of the bouquet of this stylish wine. There is good depth, with the flavours emulating the nose. Almost excellent length with crisp acid and a touch of cream on the backend. (ES)

 

88 Fielding Estate Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Beamsville Bench ($20)
A recent tasting of white wines at Fielding left me believing that I was playing “crazy 8s”- all four wines garnered 88 points. This Sauv Blanc is more of a fruit driven style rather than herbaceous, with lots of peach, tropical fruit, passion fruit and honey. The palate is ripe, with just the right amount of acid and a touch of sweetness. (ES)

88 Fielding Estate Chardonnay Musque 2006, Twenty Mile Bench ($15.75)
Without a doubt, Fielding’s Musque is consistently one of Onatrio’s best. The newest version serves up a good dose of orange blossoms which mesh together with peach, spice and honey. In the mouth there are pineapple and white pepper flavours as well as a touch of residual sugar. A perfect summer wine at a great price.  (ES)

 

 

88 Fielding Estate Fume Blanc 2006, Beamsville Bench ($24)
At first smell, the oak dominates, but with some time in the glass, the “grape” takes over; passion fruit, mineral, fruit salad, spice, grass and smoke/hickory. Dry and crisp with very good length. I envision this with halibut in a beurre noisette sauce. (ES)

 

88 Fielding Estate Pinot Gris 2006, Niagara Peninsula ($18)
Definitely Gris, rather than Grigio. Pale, almost water colour with a perfume of rose blossom/cold cream. Delicately made, it exhibits flavours of flint, honey and spice as well as a lengthy finish. Drink now. (ES)

 

88 Tawse Chardonnay Musque 2006, Twenty Mile Bench ($18)
Pale colour with a peach, floral, spice and pear compote bouquet. Lots of minerals, peach and honey on the palate and a crisp finish. (ES)

 

88 Tawse Riesling 2006, Twenty Mile Bench ($20)
Not as dense as the Carly’s, but is still a pure expression of Riesling. Mineral, flint, lime, grapefruit and a touch peachy. Lengthy, off dry and fresh acid. (ES)

 

Red

90 Tawse 99/1 Pinot Noir, ($58)
Owner Moray Tawse is a big proponent of 100% home grown wines (VQA). He has always been vocal about the old school system (since 1966) of importing cheap wines from all over the globe and blending it with Canadian content. This practice, which has increased dramatically in recent years due to severe winter damage is a disturbing trend to many. His point is that Burgundy and Bordeaux do not import wines from elsewhere when there is a short crop, rather they live with it and move on. So, in the hopes of raising awareness while at the same time giving a little nudge to others, he imported nine barrels of very expensive Morey St Denis 1re Cru and blended it with his Pinot. Wall to wall dark fruit, spice, violets and licorice.  For 2005 only, a special amendment to the rules of 70% import and 30% local was authorized. The one time ratio of 99 to 1 is where the wine derives its name. (ES)

 

88 Tawse Cabernet Franc 2004, Lincoln Lakeshore ($29)
Medium pink colour with a slight orange on the rim. Bell pepper, cassis, tobacco, raspberry and BBQ spice on the nose with cassis, vanilla and raspberries chiming in on the taste buds. (ES)

 

February 2007 Wine Ratings

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Canada

 

90 Maleta First Frost Last Grape Oak Aged Vidal Icewine 2002, Niagara-on-the-Lake ($26.95/200ml)
At this year’s icewine gala, this was my top pick, no doubt due to the extra ripeness achieved with the hot 2002 vintage.  Deep golden colour, with honey, dried apricot, prunes and a touch of caramel on the nose. Excellent length with just the right amount of acidity to give lift. (ES)

 

88 Maleta First Frost Last Grape Oak Aged Vidal Icewine 2003, Niagara-on-the-Lake (26.95/200ml)
A different creature than the 02 version. From a cooler vintage, the wine shows less intensity and more elegance. Aged in Canadian oak, it delivers citrus, clover, spice, honey and orange marmalade flavours. In the mouth there is lots of zingy acid to counterbalance the sweetness. Now to 2009. (ES)

 

88 Chateau Des Charmes Paul Bosc Estate Chardonnay, St Davids Bench ($19.95)
I have always been a big fan of this wine. Mid weight with a bouquet of pear, apple, honey and vanilla. In the mouth, the fruit resurfaces as well as spice, caramel and mineral notes. Elegant with very good length. Having sampled every vintage since 1990, I can unequivocally say that this wine ages extremely well, so drink until 2011. (ES)

 

88 Eastdell Cabernet Franc Icewine 2004, Niagara ($54.95)
A red Icewine that delivers a crate full of red fruits; cherries, raspberries and cranberries. The palate is sweet with 20% sugar as well as herbs, tobacco flavours. Lengthy finish with a touch of bitterness. (ES)

 

United States

92 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2003, Sonoma ($44.75)
In a recent blind tasting of some high profile 03 Bordeaux, this “ringer”, unanimously, came out on top. It displays a dark colour and flaunts lots of black fruits, spice and cocoa as well as a light undercurrent of herbs. Approachable now, but there is more than enough structure behind the fruit to give it cellaring potential. Drink until 2022.  (ES)

 

France

92 Chateau du Viella Cuvee Prestige 2003, Madiran ($27.25)
It’s unfortunate that most wine loving Canadians have not had the opportunity to taste Alain Bertolussi’s fabulous offerings from Madiran. He and Alain Brumont of Montus fame, are the best producers from this appellation. This wine, a 16% alcohol monster was left open for three days. Over that period, it kept on evolving like a high speed locomotive zipping down the track. Everything from red to dark fruits, from spice to chocolate kept appearing and evolving, with no sign of weakening. Beautifully concentrated, excellent length and at least 15 years ahead of it.  Why buy Bordeaux at double to triple the price when this is available? (ES)

 

92 Chateau Lamartine Cuvee Expression 2001, Cahors ($41.25)
This wine expresses itself via a black colour, as well as with power, elegance, length and a wonderful bouquet of blackberries, spice, cocoa and earth. By far, my favorite wine from Cahors, four year in a row. Now to 2020. (ES)

Spain

 

94 Alvear Pedro Ximenez  DeAnada 2003, Montilla Moriles ($18.95/375ml)
Feeling tired? A little blah? Blood/sugar level low? Well, say hello to a superb dessert wine from southern Spain, close to Jerez. The PX grapes were dried in the sun before being pressed, which has yielded a wine as thick as olive oil, as sweet as Willy Wonka’s factory, and as intense as the inside of a nuclear reactor. Superb length! If you love the famous Liqueur Muscats from Australia, this is definitely your cup of tea. (ES)

 

89 Torres Mas la Plana Cabernet Sauvignon 2001, Penedes ($39.95)
Dark garnet colour with just a hint of garnet at the rim. Fairly aromatic, with violets, tobacco/cedar, cocoas, cassis, spice and vanilla. The palate is soft with supple tannins, mild acid and cassis on the finish. Drink over the next 3 to 4 years. (ES)

 

87 Alvaro Palacios Les Terrasses 2004, Priorat ($38.95)
A warm climate red, rather forward, with jammy cherries (think nibs licorice), raspberries, blackberries and pepper. Very good length with a hot finish thanks to 14% alcohol. Needs hearty fair, like stew or osso bucco. (ES)

 

87 Bodegas Breton Lorinon Gran Reserva 1998, Rioja ($33.95)
This is definitely for fans of the traditional style of Rioja; meaning long aging in barrel which in turns allows the wine to loose its fruit and take on an oxidative/cedar/tomato ketchup quality. Very good length, pronounced acid and black olive flavours. Try with Gazpacho.

 

86 Herencia  Remondo La Montesa  Crianza 2003, Rioja ($21.95)
A modern style of Rioja. It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 45% Tempranillo, and the rest Graciano and Mazuelo, which was aged in French oak. Offers up a medley of sweet fruit; namely cherries, strawberries and plums, as well as vanilla from the barrels. Medium bodied and a wine to have with the first BBQ of the season. (ES)

 

86 Vinas del Vero Syrah Las Corona , Somontano ($18.95)
Somontano translates as “in the foot of the mountains”, a reference to its location at the base of the Pyrenees. One of the new “hot ticket” regions in Spain, it concentrates on the international varietals, as in the case of this wine. An opaque colour leads the way to blackberries, dark cherries, earth, licorice and herbs. Lingering finish. (ES)

 

 

New Zealand

89 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2006, Marlborough ($19.95)
A very intense nose of tomato vine, nectarines, red delicious apple, passion fruit, gooseberry and pink grapefruit. In the mouth, it is mid weight with very good length, but lacks the zippy acid which is typical of this wine. (ES)

 

December 2006 Wine Ratings

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Australia

 

87 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Estate, Coonawarra ($19.95)
The wine displays an opaque center with a slight evolution on the rim. Lots of upfront plums, blackberries, minty sage, spice and chocolate.  It is medium weight with a lengthy finish. Drink now to 2009. (ES)

 

Bordeaux

 

White

88 Chateau Bastor Lamontagne 2003, Sauternes ($41)
One of the unsung heroes of Sauternes, offering a very good quality/price ratio. Straw yellow with a bouquet of honeysuckle, currants, white flowers and dried apricots. Very good length with flavours of wax, nuts and orange rind. Now to 2016. (ES)

 

Burgundy

87 Frederic Magnien Fixin Crais de Chene 2003, Fixin ($33.95)
Frederic Magnien is without a doubt one of the young superstar winemakers of Burgundy. Even though he owns no vineyards, he selects the best growers to purchase grapes from, and in some cases even works the vineyards himself. This wine, from a lesser known appellation in the Cote de Nuits showcases a flattering nose of plums, dark fruit, violets and cocoa. Supple texture, lengthy finish and no harsh edges. 2007 to 2012. (ES)

 

Red

88 Chateau d’Issan 2003, Margaux ($50)
This is a soft and seductive offering, serving up cassis, earth, cloves and tobacco. In the mouth it is mid weight with cassis, smoke and vanilla resonating on the lengthy finish. Tannins are unobtrusive, so drink now until 2016. (ES)

 

Canada

 

89 Jackson Triggs Vidal Icewine 2004, Niagara ($45.95/375ml)
An intense pure nose of peach, apricots and honey. Harmonious with a good backbone of acid and a lengthy finish.

 

88 13th Street Wine Corp Chardonnay Reserve 2004, Niagara ($25)
A rather intense Chardonnay dominated by lots of oaky, toasty, roasted nut, spice and vanilla aromas which tornado around the pear, green apple, figs and apricots. Full malolactic was done so there is a creamy feel in the mouth. Drink over the next 2 to 3 years. (ES)

 

88 Riverbend Chardonnay 2005, Niagara ($25)
This is the inaugural vintage of this wine. The grapes come from the Riverbend Inn vineyard and are completely vinified by Reif winery. It was aged for 10 months in a combination of new French and American oak; displaying a yeasty, toasty, vanilla, caramel, pear and green apple profile. Creamy in the mouth with lots of caramel, vanilla, green apple flavours as well as roasted nuts. (ES)

87 13th Street Wine Corp Riesling 2005, Niagara ($18)
This is a return to the style that was established in the late 90’s and early 00’s. There is mineral, honey, peach and flowers present. In the mouth, it is somewhat lean but with good persistency to the fruit. Off dry with good acid balance. Now to 2011. (ES)

 

87 13th Street Wine Corp Premier Cuvee, Niagara ($28)
This sparkler is made in the traditional method and is a blend of 68% Pinot Noir and 32% Chardonnay. Moderately aromatic with biscuits, honey, anise and toast. Medium length with lovely pinpoint bubbles. (ES)

 

87 Henry of Pelham Select Late Harvest Vidal, Niagara ($19.95)
A straight forward dessert wine with aromas of green apple, peach and honey. Lengthy finish. It will work perfectly with cheesecake. (ES)

 

86 Konzelmann Riesling 2005, Niagara ($10.95)
This wine represents great value. It delivers up a rather complex nose of peach, baby powder, lime, honey and wax. On the palate it is a touch off dry with admirable depth and medium length. Pair it up with jerk rubbed pork tenderloin and revel in the sensation. (ES)

 

85 Lakeview Riesling 2005, Niagara ($10.95)
Floral, honey and waxy on the nose with a white pepper, mineral palate. Light bodied with good length and a refreshing tang. Seared sea scallops would be divine. (ES)

 

Red

 

89 Reif First Growth Merlot 2002, Niagara ($50)
Made from low yields of 35hl/ha.  There are concentrated flavours of cherries, plums, spice, cedar, smoke and root beer. On the palate there is more of the same as well as a chocolate drenched finish. Now to 2014 (E.S)

 

89 Reif First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2002, Niagara ($50)
A powerful wine which is stacked with cassis, vanilla, smoke, spice and mint. Medium to full body with a lingering finish and somewhat assertive tannin. From 2008 to 2016. (ES)

 

87 13th Street Cabernet Franc 2004, Niagara ($20)
A supple offering which shows of tobacco, dill, red currant, raspberry, plums and vanilla. Medium plus length. Drink over the next 2 to 3 years. (ES)

 

 


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Wine Facts

Although “château” means castle, it may also be a mansion or a little house next to a vineyard that meets the requirements for winemaking with storage facilities on its property.