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January 2008 Wine Ratings

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Canada

White

 

91 Chateau des Charmes Vidal Icewine 2006, Niagara ($25/200ml)

Always one of the best Vidal Icewines on the market! This vintage offers up an intense nose of peach, honey and apple as well as excellent length and just the right amount of acid. (ES)

 

89 Mounatin Road Wine Company Vidal Icewine 2003, Niagara ($34.85)

This is a soft, low acid and very much ready to drink Icewine with dried apricot, peach and spice. Serve it with a crème brulee and revel in the pure self-gratifying experience. (ES)

 

88 Mountain Road Wine Company Vidal Icewine 2004, Niagara ($34.85)

A couple years of bottle age have added a sponge toffee/caramel component to the peach, dried apricot and honey. The finish is lengthy, but no heavy, due to the fresh acid which frames everything nicely. (ES)

 

88 Pillitteri Estate Winery Semillon Icewine 2006, Niagara ($40/200ml)

Attempting to grow Semillon, the heat and sun loving grape of Bordeaux in Ontario’s cooler climate is somewhat of challenge. Leaving it on the vine until winter, when the notoriously thin skin may rot or break is pretty much crazy. None the less, Mark Bradshaw, Pillitteri’s winemaster rolled the dice and came up big-producing Canada’s first Semillon Icewine. An intense green melon perfume greets the taster, followed by spice, honey and pineapple. Very good length. (ES)

 

88 Fielding Estate Chardonnay Reserve 2006, Niagara ($25)

The butterscotch and vanilla are the primary aromas in the glass, which are then followed by Anjou pear, honey and green apple. The wine is mid weight with more of the oak, pear and green apple showing through on the palate. (ES)

 

87 Chateau Des Charmes Brut NV, Niagara ($22.95)

A delicate sparkler that is less yeasty than previous vintages and more fruit driven-green apple and citrus, which are supported by lots of pinpoint bubbles. Very good length and ready to drink with cracked crab. (ES)

 

87 Jackson Triggs Grand Reserve White Meritage 2006, Niagara ($24.75)

The 06 version is a blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Semillon. It is moderately aromatic with gooseberry, green melon, grapefruit, honey and pear. The finish is crisp, resonateing with lime and spice. Try with sautéed shrimps and scallops in a white wine/feta sauce. (ES)

87 Mountain Road Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2005, Beamsville Bench ($14.95)

This is a pure expression of Chardonnay, akin to a Chablis, with wall to wall mineral, lemon and green apple. It simply cries out for fresh seafood, along the lines of shucked oysters, chilled shrimp and fresh scallops. (ES)

 

Red

88 Fielding Estate Meritage 2005, Niagara ($34.95)

The nose greets the taster with cassis, raspberries, mint, roasted nuts, black pepper and smoke. Medium to full body with lots or ripe fruit and tannins, as well as a lengthy finish. From 2009 to 2015. (ES)

 

 

88 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve 2005, Niagara ($25)

This wine offers a superb quality/price ratio in homegrown Pinot Noir. Fuller and riper than the 2004 version (thanks to the heat in 2005,) it flatters with plum, sweet cherries, cocoa and violets. There is very good length with lots of ripe berry fruit and present tannins. Drink over the next 5 years. (ES)

 

New Zealand

 

89 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough ($19.95)

Always a great offering! Classic Sauvignon Blanc; passion fruit, lime cordial, fruit salad, gooseberries and herbs mesh together with uplifting acid and lengthy finish. Drink now. (ES)

 

Portugal

90 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2005, Oporto ($60)

This single quinta (estate) Port possess a black/purple colour and superbly delineated bouquet of plum, dark cherries, liquorice, spice and violets. Full bodied, it requires a good five years of cellaring before it is broached on a cool Christmas Eve, or any St. Nick eve over the subsequent twenty years. (ES)

 

USA

White

86 Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay, California ($18.95)

A moderately aromatic wine with caramel, vanilla, pear and green apple. The palate is mid weight with apple, pear and smoky vanilla notes. Drink now. (ES)

 

Red

86 Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot, California ($19.95)

There is a small quantity of Petite Syrah and Syrah added to this Merlot. Plum, cherry and raspberry jam, clove, black pepper and cocoa are found on the soft finish. (ES) 87 Mountain Road Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2005, Beamsville Bench ($14.95)

This is a pure expression of Chardonnay, akin to a Chablis, with wall to wall mineral, lemon and green apple. It simply cries out for fresh seafood, along the lines of shucked oysters, chilled shrimp and fresh scallops. (ES)

 

Red

88 Fielding Estate Meritage 2005, Niagara ($34.95)

The nose greets the taster with cassis, raspberries, mint, roasted nuts, black pepper and smoke. Medium to full body with lots or ripe fruit and tannins, as well as a lengthy finish. From 2009 to 2015. (ES)

 

 

88 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Village Reserve 2005, Niagara ($25)

This wine offers a superb quality/price ratio in homegrown Pinot Noir. Fuller and riper than the 2004 version (thanks to the heat in 2005,) it flatters with plum, sweet cherries, cocoa and violets. There is very good length with lots of ripe berry fruit and present tannins. Drink over the next 5 years. (ES)

 

New Zealand

 

89 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Marlborough ($19.95)

Always a great offering! Classic Sauvignon Blanc; passion fruit, lime cordial, fruit salad, gooseberries and herbs mesh together with uplifting acid and lengthy finish. Drink now. (ES)

 

Portugal

90 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2005, Oporto ($60)

This single quinta (estate) Port possess a black/purple colour and superbly delineated bouquet of plum, dark cherries, liquorice, spice and violets. Full bodied, it requires a good five years of cellaring before it is broached on a cool Christmas Eve, or any St. Nick eve over the subsequent twenty years. (ES)

 

USA

White

86 Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay, California ($18.95)

A moderately aromatic wine with caramel, vanilla, pear and green apple. The palate is mid weight with apple, pear and smoky vanilla notes. Drink now. (ES)

 

Red

86 Beringer Founders’ Estate Merlot, California ($19.95)

There is a small quantity of Petite Syrah and Syrah added to this Merlot. Plum, cherry and raspberry jam, clove, black pepper and cocoa are found on the soft finish. (ES)
 

Wine Facts

To prevent a sparkling wine from foaming out of the glass, pour an ounce, which will settle quickly. Pouring the remainder of the serving into this starter will not foam as much.