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Home Wine Ratings August 2015

August 2015

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87 Lindemans Bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc 2015, South Eastern Australia ($10.95)

For the price, this wine packs a lot of flavour. Light bodied, there is lime, grapefruit, gooseberry, pear, grass and some tropical nuance. Fine length and ready to drink, so make sure to pick up a couple of bottles. (ES)



92 Henry of Pelham Speck Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Short Hills Bench ($29.95)

Made from yields of 2 tonnes per acre and fermented in French oak, this beauty is elegant and concentrated. It reveals a multi-dimensional personality of toast, honey, apple, sweet peach, pineapple, banana, hazelnut, mineral and caper berry. Lobster or crab served with warm butter was made for this wine. (ES)

91 Hidden Bench Chardonnay Felseck Vineyard 2012, Beamsville Bench ($38)

A pale gold colour leads into aromas of peach, orange rind, vanilla cream, banana, red apple, oregano and spice. Concentrated, ripe and elegant, the palate shows more spice and cream, with sound acidity framing everything quite nicely. (ES)

90 Henry of Pelham Estate Chardonnay 2013, Short Hills Bench ($19.95)

For the price, this wine packs a lot of punch. Medium body and well balanced, the pineapple, golden apple and honey of the grape is gently caressed by oaky notes of vanilla, spice and toast. On the palate, it is ripe with brisk acid and a long aftertaste of banana cream.  It should evolve well over the next four years. (ES)

90 Stratus Chardonnay 2013, Niagara-on-the-Lake ($48)

A strong oak presence melds with sweet pineapple, ripe peach, banana, tutti frutti, earth and white flowers. Rather fullish, there is some warmth, as well as a creamy finish. Drink now.

90 Norman Hardie County Chardonnay 2013, Prince Edward County ($39)

Classic Hardie style of reductive winemaking in play here. Currently, it is the new wood that dominates, with smokey minerals, lemon, lime and green apple snuggling up.  Bright acidity, fine length and a modest 12.2% alcohol make for a refined drop of Chardonnay. (ES)

89 Westcott Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2013, Vinemount Ridge ($26)

Toast, peach, honey, anise, baked apple, pineapple and smoke weave together on the nose in this mid-weight white. The palate reveals a creamy texture with a spine of minerality and great length. Cream based dishes are perfectly suited for this wine. (ES)

88 Malivoire Chardonnay 2013, Beamsville Bench ($19.95)

Here you will find a balanced Chardonnay with subtle oak flavours of cream, spice and vanilla that combine with peach, honey, lime, golden apple, cantaloupe, and citrus. Very good length and ready to drink. (ES)

88 Peller Estates Private Reserve Chardonnay 2013, Niagara ($18.95)

Peach, honey, anise, cream, honey, banana and crisp acidity all work together on a medium-bodied frame. Great length and ready to drink. (ES)

88 Westcott Vineyards Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Vinemount Ridge ($20)

Peach, baked apple, cream, tutti frutti, anise, white flowers and honey are all on display in this non-forested Chardonnay. Crisp acidity, a medium body and great length round everything out. (ES)

88 Château des Charmes Chardonnay St. David’s Bench 2012, St. David’s Bench ($19.95)

A complex nose of yellow plum, fresh sliced apple, vanilla cream, honey, lanolin and spice are all in play. Mid-weight, there is sound acidity, and it is ready to drink. (ES)

88 Ravine Vineyard Chardonnay 2013, Niagara ($25)

Some tropical notes combine with caramel, brioche, smoke, apple and citrus. Mid-weight, there is admirable depth and concentration with crisp acidity and a mineral backbone chiming in on the finale. Pair with creamy cheeses or filet of halibut. (ES)

86 Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, St. David’s Bench ($14.95)

Moderately aromatic, this non-wooded Chardonnay serves up aromas of peach, honey, nectarine, tutti frutti and lemon. Medium length, refreshing and ready to drink with chilled shellfish. (ES)



95 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2005, Champagne ($205.95)

Absolutely brilliant! Comtes is Taittinger’s Cuvee Prestige and is made from 100% Chardonnay. It possesses a pale gold colour with mature notes of toast, caramel, honey, mushroom, chalk, anise and binned apple.  On the palate, there is fabulous length, with well-integrated acidity and a punchy finale. There is at least another decade of life ahead, especially if you enjoy the complexity of aged Champagne. (ES)

92 Taittinger Prélude Grands Crus NV, Champagne ($79.95)

Made of equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, all the grapes were harvested from the top villages known as Grand Crus - hence the name. A medium gold colour and a bouquet of yeast, toast, apple, cream, lanolin, banana cream, cherry and earth beguiles. There is superb length with fresh acid rounding out the experience. (ES)

88 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint-Martin, Burgundy ($25)

A tad fuller than your typical Chablis. Green apple, lemon, chalky/salty minerals and a slight herbal element are present. Bright acid and fine length make the case for oysters or steamed clams.


94 Château Lamartine Cuvée Expression 2011, Cahors ($41.50)

Two-thousand-eleven was a superb vintage for the region of Cahors. Powerful and concentrated, this 100% Malbec, made from 60-year-old vines exudes blueberry pie, plum and dark cherry jam, vanilla custard, earth and smoke, which carries long into the sunset.  Make sure to pick up a few bottles for the cellar. Drinkability - over the next 20 years! (ES)

90 Château Lamartine Cuvée Particulière 2011, Cahors ($22.15)

A powerful Malbec which will probably appeal more to Argentinean lovers than Francophiles. Full bodied, the wine drips blackberry, blueberry, raspberry liqueur, cherry, spice, vanilla, smoke and molasses. Ripe, there is enough tannin to allow 10 to 12 years of cellaring, but with all of its upfront personality, there is no need to wait.  Cote de boeuf all the way! (ES)



87 Tetramythos Roditis 2014, Patras ($16.45)

Most Roditis tends be a neutral product, but this wine kicks it up a notch with its peach, honey, apple, yeast and mineral profile. Linear, there is fine length and fresh acid. Chill well and serve with fresh water fish or oysters on the half shell. (ES)


88 Tetramythos Agiorgitiko 2013, Peloponnese PGI ($16.70)

Organically grown and fermented via natural yeasts, this is a real crowd pleaser what with all of its cherry, raspberry, chocolate and spice/pepper personality. Fresh acid and soft tannins complete the package. (ES)

87 Tetramythos Black of Kalavryta 2014, Achaia ($17.40)

The Black of Kalavryta is an indigenous Greek grape that almost disappeared a decade ago. Thankfully, a handful of producers have started to repopulate in the vineyards of Achaia, located in the western portion of the Peloponnese. Stylistically, this wine reminds me of a solid Gamay with its pale colour and flavours of cherry, plum, black pepper, spice and red flowers. Soft and easy drinking, it should be served chilled, and paired with charcuterie or tomato based dishes. (ES)


92 Cordero di Montezemolo Barolo Enrico VI Villero 2011, Barolo ($90)

Full bodied, this Barolo has seen some new oak in the form of vanilla and cocoa which weaves between the tar, cherry, raisin, plum, anise, cured meats and floral elements. Rich and grippy, there is an exquisite aftertaste and twenty years of cellaring ahead. (ES)

91 Tenute Cisa Asinari dei Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Riserva Camp Gros Martinenga 2010, Barbaresco ($75)

Made in a modern style, the plum, toast, cherry, tobacco and spice qualities are built on a full-bodied frame. There is a sweet mid-palate, superb length with raspberry notes echoing long. All in all, an excellent expression of the Nebbiolo grape. (ES)

91 Boroli Barolo Villero 2011, Barolo ($75)

On the nose, cherry, plum, earth, floral, spice, cocoa and earth reveal themselves. The delicate palate exudes vanilla, cherry and raspberry flavours, which are long lasting. Drink over the next 15 years, (ES)

91 Paolo Manzone Barolo Serralunga 2011, Barolo ($70)

A deep colour paves the way to a complex wine full of cherry, plum, earth, spice, cocoa, earth, vanilla and dark cocoa. There is exquisite length and a grippy finale. Hold until 2017 and then drink until 2030. (ES)

91 Manzone Giovanni Barolo Gramolere 2011, Barolo ($75)

Gramolere is a single vineyard located in the village of Monforte d’Alba. Cherry, vanilla, earth, anise, licorice, bacon fat, smoke, earth and vanilla echo long. Well made in the modern style. (ES)

90 Batasiolo Barolo Briccolina 2011, Barolo ($50)

Elegant and flavorful with vanilla, cocoa, earth, spice, graphite, cherry and pencil shavings working there way out of the glass. It is ready to drink, preferably with Osso Bucco or pot roast. (ES)

South Africa

90 Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2013, Hemel-En-Aarde ($45)

Hemel-en-Aarde translates as Heaven on Earth and is a cool climate enclave in the Western Cape of South Africa. A golden colour and heavily toasted nose are the first things to greet the senses. Smoke, toast, pineapple, ripe peach, honey, leather, spice and yellow apple are all layered on a medium body full of cream and acid. Excellent length. (ES)

United States

92 Sandhi Bentrock Chardonnay 2013, Santa Rita Hills ($120)

This natural yeast fermented white shows great depth and a profile of peach, lime zest, white chalk, Macintosh apple and herbs. It is mid-weight, with fresh acidity and a long, graceful finish. (ES)


Wine Facts

The lip of a red wine glass is sloped inward to capture the aromas of the wine and deliver them to your nose.