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June 2010 Wine Ratings

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90 Tawse Riesling 2009, Niagara ($19.95)
There is no denying the quality at Tawse. Paul Pender and his team continue to go from strength to strength. With this wine, the texture is electric, as the balance between acid, sweetness and concentration is beautifully achieved. Waves of peach, apples, minerals, lime and bergamot just inundate the senses.  Drink it now, to 2016.


90 Tawse Chardonnay Musque 2009, Vinemount Ridge ($22)
This is the finest Ontario Musque I have ever tasted. The spiced apricots, orange blossoms and tropical fruits sweep the senses. It is a delightfully rich offering with a mouth-watering tingle and excellent length. Drink it over the next 2 years in order to take full advantage of its exuberance.


89 Fielding Lot No. 17 Riesling 2009, Niagara ($25.95)
The good folks at Fielding have done a super duper job with this Riesling. The pale colour leads into a bouquet of minerals, bergamot, lime and grapefruit. On the palate, peach and apples add more complexity. It is medium weight with lots of crisp acid and a great finale. Drink it now, to 2018.


89 Thirty Bench Small Lot Gewurztraminer 2009, Beamsville Bench ($30)
Natalie Reynolds has turned in Thirty’s finest Gewurz to date. Rose water, grapefruit, honey, spice and peach are all built on a rich frame. And, there is fresh acid to back everything up on the lengthy finale. Serve it with Singapore noodles, or pork with a tropical fruit salsa. (ES)


88 Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2009, Niagara ($17.95)
This is Lakeview’s best Sauvignon Blanc yet. Pale water colour, the nose of citrus, melon, cat pea, minerals and herbs mark this classic example. The zippy acid carries the finish. I suggest enjoying it with seared scallops over a thyme scented pea puree or chevre. (ES)


87 Rosewood Unoaked Chardonnay 2008, Beamsville Bench ($18)
The nose is a little shy right now, but peach, apple and pineapple have emerged. It is dry, with apple, citrus adding personality on the finish. (ES)




90 Peller Estates Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Niagara $38)

Lawrence Buhler has certainly done well with his Signature Series line in 2007. First was his Merlot, and now, a top notch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a medium to full bodied, offering a combination of cassis, cocoa, vanilla, toast and hints of game. The mid palate is ripe with a sweet fruit and excellent length. This beauty should age easily for the next 7 to 8 years. (ES)

90 Jackson Triggs Delaine Vineyards Merlot 2007, Niagara on the Lake ($26.95)
At a recent tasting of 2007 Ontario Merlots, this Merlot stood head and shoulders above the rest - by far! The dark colour rolls its way into a melange of plum, smoke, cocoa, earth, toast, cherry and spice. The wine is rich and ripe with supple tannins and a long fruit driven finish. Drink it now, until 2015. Kudos to Marco Piccoli for creating this superb offering! (ES)


90 Wayne Gretzky Estate Series Cabernet Merlot 2007, Niagara ($21.95)
Here comes a value priced Cabernet Merlot from the great 07 vintage. Spicy pepper, hickory, cassis, plums and cocoa flood the senses. The wine is concentrated with the palate emulating the nose. Tannins are firm and there is great persistency. Drink it over the next seven years. (ES)


90 Thirty Bench Vineyards Small Lot Benchmark Red 2007, Beamsville Bench ($60)
This red is Gold medal winner at this year’s Cuvee awards for best Meritage. Yes, the price might be a little hefty, but this wine is wall to wall black fruits-raspberries, blackberries and plums, which combine with vanilla and floral qualities. The mid palate is very plummy, the tannins are soft and the prolonged ending makes for a charming bottling. Drink it over the next 5 years. (ES)


90 Niagara College Teaching Winery Dean's List Meritage Canadian Oak Project 2007
The Canadian oak presents lots of torrifcation aromas. Roasted coffee bean and smoke, come together with the dark fruits, tobacco, spice and vanilla, to create a very pretty wine. It is full bodied with an extended finish and good tannins. Enjoy it now, to 2015. (ES)


89 Magnotta Enotrium Gran Riserva 2005, Niagara ($45)
Magnotta’s latest rendition of an ‘Amarone’ hits the mark with mature aromas of raisins, dried cherries, prunes and leather.  The palate is an abundance of sweet fruit with a wonderful succulent texture. Tannins make their presence known at the end. Drink it now, until 2015.


89 Reif Estates First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, Niagara River ($50)
Only made in the finest years, this 100% Cab Sauv was harvested at a yield of 2 tons per acre from a parcel of vines which were 18 years old. Aging was a wowser  27 months in a combination of French and American oak.  But the flavours are not overt. In fact, the milk chocolate, spice and vanilla from the barrel are harmonious with the plum, black raspberries and black cherries. Tannins give the wine another 7 or 8 years of life, at least. (ES)



91 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino 2004, Tuscany ($66)
This is one of the better Bruneolls I have tasted recently. Full bodied, the cassis, sweet black cherries, humus, tobacco and violets are wrapped around a core of silky tannins. It still needs another year in the bottle to come fully together, and then drink it until 2020.




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.