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September 2003 Wine Ratings

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Chile

90 Errazuriz Syrah Max Reserva 2000, (976407, $20 approx., ON)

Shakes your hand more like and Aussie than a South American. Lots of blackberries, plums, spice, licorice and smoke on the nose with equal amounts of blackberries, vanilla and leather on the palate. Full bodied with a thick texture and firmish tannins on the finish. Drink over the next 5 to 7 years. Great Value. (ES)



France

92 Clos Bagatelle La Gloire de Mon Père 2000, Saint Chinian (912402, $36.75, PQ)

An amazing wine from the Languedoc laced with tons of fruit, vanilla, black pepper and spice. Left open for a full day, the wine improved. Full bodied with excellent length and enough tannins to take the enamel of your teeth at this point. From 2006 to 2018. A definite food wine. (ES)


89 Chateau Lynch-Moussas 2000, Pauillac (963256, $49.95, ON)

Let’s get this out of the way first-2000 Bordeaux is indeed a great vintage! Even the underachievers have turned in solid performances-take for example this wine. Dark ruby with a bouquet of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso grinds, mint and spice. Medium to full bodied with silky tannins and almost excellent length. From 2004 to 2014. (ES)



Greece

White

90 Kalliste 2001, Santorini (Whitehall Agencies, $20, ON)

Produced from grapes grown on the volcanic soils of Santorini, the wine tastes like something between a Riesling and a Chard. Rubber, minerals, vanilla, cream, light oxidative notes, fig and lots of citrus aromas are present on the nose. Nice concentration and persistency. Serve this up with “Greek style” grilled red snapper, topped with olive oil and lemon. (ES)


Red


89 Boutari Naoussa Grande Reserve 1997, Naoussa (Whitehall Agencies, $15.95, ON)

Made from the indigenous Xynomavro grape, it resembles a well made Syrah. A bouquet of violets, smokey bacon fat, raspberry, cassis, earth and herbs winds its way up the glass. The mouth is dense with chocolate, cherry, and vanilla flavors appearing. Medium bodied with almost excellent length and a touch of heat. Should age well. (ES)



Italy

93 Allegrini Amarone 1998, Veneto (705780, $85, ON)

A great follow up to the exceptional 1997. The grapes for this wine were dried for 4 months prior to fermentation. It displays an opaque purple/black cherry colour with a nose of plums, vanilla, spice and blackberries. The wine is so richly extracted, you barely notice the 15% + alcohol. Almost

outstanding in length with lots of cherry and plum flavors in the mouth. From 2005 to 2018. (ES)


91 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino 1997, Tuscany (392076, $79, ON)

Lots of sweet cherry and cassis on the nose with humus, red flowers and some tar thrown in for good measure. The palate is full bodied with lots of ripe fruit flavors, with a long finish and lots of velvety tannins. (ES)

Canada

White

90 13th Street Wine Corp Chardonnay "Naked" Musque 2002, Niagara (winery, $20, ON)
Naked means no oak, no lees stirring, and no malolactic. However Naked dos not mean lack of flavor- au contraire! Medium to full bodied with a nose of peach, flowers, honey and cream. Excellent concentration and length, with just a hint of residual sugar on the finish. Drink over next 3 to 4 years. (ES)

89 13th Street Wine Corp Riesling Funk Vineyard 2002, Niagara (winery, $15, ON)
A youthful white gold colour displaying aromas of peach, lemon, lime and minerals. Slim in the mouth, yet lots of citrus, mineral, peach, apricot flavors join the party. Great price and refreshing. Now to 2009. (ES)

86 Henry of Pelham Sauvignon Blanc 2002, Niagara (430546, $14.95, ON)
Pale yellow colour with a nose of citrus/gooseberry, fresh grass and mild passion fruit. Light to medium bodied with a lemony palate, finishing on a tangerine note. Try with goat's cheese and mushroom stuffed pyhllo purses. (ES)

86 Henry of Pelham Off Dry Riesling 2002, Niagara (557165, $14.95, ON)
Pale, almost white gold in colour with aromas of citrus, light minerals and pear. The wine is light bodied with medium length and a very tangy finish, which balances the sweetness nicely. Now to 2007. (ES)

86 Willow Heights Riesling 2002, Niagara (winery, $10.95, ON)
Katharine has taken over the winemaking duties at WH. And in my esteem has turned out their best Riesling to date. Peach, citrus, floral and some honey tones are on the nose. The palate is extremely crisp, with nice weight and medium length. Drink over the next 3 to 4 years. (ES)

86 Strewn Gewurztraminer 2000, Niagara (winery, $17.95, ON)
A very explosive Alsatian nose of peach, flowers, tropical fruits, spice and honey- a la Zind Humbrecht. On the palate the wine turns slim, becoming light bodied with more of the spicy, honey flavors. Ready to drink. (ES)

86 Angels Gate Riesling Sussreserve 2002, Niagara (winery, $12. 95, ON)
Sussreserve is a technique, where by fresh grape juice is added to a dry wine, to help balance the acid. An interesting nose of fresh flowers, bubble gum, pear and citrus. The palate is all citrus with a soft finish and good length. Drink over the next 2 to 3 years. (ES)

85 Henry of Pelham Dry Riesling 2002, Niagara (268375, $10.95, ON)
A crisp, light bodied wine with citrus and minerals, both on the nose and on the taste buds. Ready to drink. (ES)

Red

90 13th Street Wine Corp Meritage Sandstone 2001, Niagara (winery, $27 approx., ON)
13th Street, Ontario's foremost boutique winery continues to churn out impressive reds. Full bodied with a bouquet of mocha, herbs, cherry, vanilla, and black fruits and a lingering finish. Tasted from barrel, the wine is still an infant will put on more weight in the bottle. Requires a year in the cellar, before drinking over a decade. (ES)

88 Pillitteri Family Reserve Gamy Noir 2001, Niagara (winery, $22.95, ON)
Pillitteri has been lucky enough to source grapes from the same cuttings, that produce 13th Street's famous Gamay. This wine displays some of the same characteristics; namely plums, cherry, barnyard, vanilla and charred aromas. Medium bodied with very good length. Made from 5 year old vines and harvested at 1.5 tons/acre. A wine to watch for as the vineyards mature. (ES)

88 13th Street Wine Corp Gamay Noir 2001, Niagara (winery, $20, ON)
Tasted just before bottling. Medium ruby colour, with a nose of smoke, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla and black fruits. Very good length with lots of raspberry and strawberry on the mid palate. A year in the bottle will bring forth the classic barnyard quality, inherent to this wine. Drink from 2004 to 2009. (ES)

87 Willow Heights Meritage 2001, Niagara (winery, $18.95, ON)
Lots of smoky, chocolate, cherry and herbs greet you when smelling the wine. The palate opens up and delivers raspberry, cherry and vanilla flavors. Medium bodied with solid length and a moderately tannic finish. Drink over the next 5 years. (ES)

 

 

August 2003 Wine Ratings

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Canada


90 Stoney Ridge Founder’s Signature Charlotte’s Chardonnay 2002, Niagara (winery, $24.95, ON )

After a couple years in limbo, SR has returned to form-and what form it is! This unoaked Chardonnay displays ripe flavors of banana, melon, pineapple and mango undertones. There is good acid and a hint of residual sugar on the long finish. Drink over the next 3 to 4 years. Try with asian grilled salmon. (ES)

87 Stoney Ridge Pinot Grigio 2002, Niagara (winery, $11.95, ON)

A delectable little Grigio with moderate aromas of peach, flowers, candied white fruit and citrus. Light to medium body with very good length and a citrus finish. Drink now. (ES)

86 Hillebrand Chardonnay Showcase Sur Lie Unfiltered 2000, Niagara (981043, $35, ON)

Some might knock this wine for having had its lees bottled within. None the less these same lees gives the wine a distinctive yeasty aroma with added scents of butter, pear, fig and tropical notes. Medium bodied with medium plus length. Not as good as the 99 version. (ES)

86 Vineland Estates Chardonnay Musque, Niagara (winery, $18.95, ON)

Moderatley aromatic with a spritzy nose of flowers, spice, pear, citrus and green apple. Medium bodied with fresh acidity a lengthy finish, ending on a spicy note. Now to 2005. (ES)

85 Vineland Estates Meritage 2001, Niagara (winery, $49, ON)

The inaugural white Meritage from Vineland displays a pale yellow colour and a bouquet of citrus, melon apple, nectarine and white flowers. On the taste buds there is some herbal and spice notes which make an appearance. Medium bodied and length and ready to drink. (ES)


Reds


90 Stoney Ridge Cabernet Franc Reserve Fox Vineyard 2002, Niagara (winery, $22.95, ON)

This Cab Franc really impresses with its extract and concentration, all the more so that it was produced from 6 year old vines. Medium to full bodied with aromas of bell pepper, raspberry, tobacco leaf and vanilla. The palate adds spicy cigar and chocolate tones, with supple tannins and fresh acidity. Drink over the next 4 to 6 years. (ES)

87 Magnotta Cabernet Sauvignon Limited Edition 2001, Niagara (winery, $18.95, ON)

Deep ruby in colour with a nose of cassis, mint, black cherry and some tobacco/weediness. Medium bodied with very good length. Hold of until 2004 so as to subdue some of the youthful puckery tannins and drink until 2008. (ES)

86 Birchwood Cabernet Merlot 2001, Niagara (winery, $14.95, ON)

This little winery off the highway in Beamsville continues to produce an array of well made/well priced wines. Medium ruby colour with a bouquet of black fruits, BBQ spice, flowers and vanilla. Light to medium bodied with medium length and supple tannins. Ready to go

85 Stoney Ridge Pinot Noir 2002, Niagara (240903, $12.95, ON)

Thirteen dollars for this bottle or $20 for an over-cropped, thin generic red burgundy-the choice is yours. Pale to medium garnet with a nose of earth, cherry, vanilla, plum and some blackfruits. Medium length and ready to please. Try with wild mushroom risotto. (ES)

84 Birchwood Cabernet Franc 2001 Niagara (winery, $11.95, ON)

On the nose, bell pepper, vanilla and spice are apparent, while the palate gives more in the way of blackberries and smoke. Flavorful with good length and a smooth finish. Drink now.

82 Magnotta Merlot Merritt Road Vineyard 2002, Niagara (winery, $9.95, ON)

A no non sense, easy drinking Merlot with flavors of dark cherry, spice, raspberry and plum. Light bodied with good length and ready to drink this summer BBQ season. (ES)

France



93 Gourt de Mautens 2000, Rasteau (862771, $46.25, PQ)

Lovers of Southern Rhone wines should hunt high and low for this star on the rise! Made from low yields, on average 1.25 tons per acre, this 100% Grenache is super concentrated with flavors of black and red fruits, spice, licorice and herb de provence. Easily bests most Chateauneufs and has at least 10 years ahead of it. (ES)


Germany

93 Gunderloch Riesling Auslese Nackenheimer Rothenberg 2001, Rheinhessen (722405, $39.95, ON)

This Auslese was one of my favorites at the German Wine Fair this past April. Packed and stacked with loads of fruit- namely apricot, peach, pink grapefruit and citrus. With 110 grams of residual sugar and vibrant acidity the wines has 10 to 15 years ahead of it, eyes closed. Think peach flan, topped with crème anglaise. (ES)


92 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Ockfener Bockstein Auslese 2001, Mosel (720904, $44.60, ON)

Distinctivley yeasty on the nose with apricot, flowers and slate through in for good measure. Lots of vibrant acidity offsets the 70 g/l of residual sugar in the wine. Excellent length and with a great future ahead. Now to 2015. (ES)


91 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling Ockfener Spatlese 2001, Mosel (718791, $22.60, ON)

Very pale yellow colour with a citrusy, floral, peach jam and yeasty nose. The palate adds some tropical nuances. Medium bodied with a lingering finish and loads of zippy acidity. Now to 2012. (ES)


91 Anselmann Siegerrebe Spätlese 2001, Pfalz (722041, $13.75, ON)

An incredible value from Germany. Made from the singular Siegerrebe grape, it is reminiscent of a Gewurz with its fragrance of peach, flowers, honey and cloves. The wine is medium bodied, with some sweetness, which is buttressed nicely by the acidity and has a long fruity finish. Buy it buy the case! (ES)


91 Künstler Riesling Auslese (Gold Cap) Hochheimer Holle 1998, Rheingau (726513, $37.25, ON)

Showing its age, as witnessedby the petrolium overtones, along with apricot, peach, honey and minerals. In the mouth the wine has lots of vibrant acidity with citrus, mineral and creamy flavors. Now to 2015. (ES)


88 St. Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Ockfener Bockstein, Mosel (945535, $17.55, ON)

Almost water in colour with peach, citrus, flowers apple and minerals flavors. Light bodied yet packs weight and length. Drink until 2007. A refreshing wine for those 30° days in the middle of summer. (ES)

 

 

June 2003 Wine Ratings

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France

91 Chateau Barde Haut, St Emilion (738104, $59, ON )

This opaque black colored wine was slightly closed at the time of tasting. Ripe with aromas of black cherry, cassis, vanilla cream and hazelnuts. Medium to full bodied with supple tannins and a long finish, it exemplifies the style of the 99’s and is an absolutely delicious wine to consume over the next 10 years. (ES)

Italy

90 Rosso del Conte Tasca d’Almerita 1999, Sicily (741124, $45, PQ )

A big Sicilian wine packed with flavors of plum, cherry, spice and sultana raisins. Rich and ripe in the mouth, this low acid wine has excellent length and a somewhat viscous texture. Not as big as the 94 but darn close. Drink over the next decade. (ES)

89 Chateau Lagrezette 2000, Cahors (972612, $21.75, ON)

With all the hoopla around the 2000 Bordeaux, most people are over looking the South West. The region, which benefited from much of the same weather as Bordeaux offers great values in 2000. Big and burly the wine is as dark as a black hole with aromas of plum, vanilla, cherry, blueberry and pain grille. Easily 10 years ahead of it and for the price-a case in the cellar won’t hurt! (ES)


Canada

White

91 Cave Springs Riesling CSV 2002, Niagara (566020, $24.95, ON)

I was totally blown away by the quality of this wine when it first hit my lips. Later, winemaker Angelo Pavan told me that he thought 2002 is probably the best Riesling vintage since 1989. Still young and a bit tight, and might even move up in score when released later this year. Peach, pear, floral and lemon/lime flavors are readily apparent with lots of zippy acidity and excellent length. Now to 2012 and maybe beyond. (ES)

90 13th Street Wine Corp Chardonnay Sandstone 2001, Niagara (winery, $25 approx, ON)

It has now been three years straight that the Sandstone Chard has come away with a 90+ plus score. Still young but the nose is on target with caramel, tropical fruits, peach, smoke, flowers and vanilla. Excellent length with a creamy texture and a spicy finish. Drink now to 2008. (ES)

89 Cave Springs Chardonnay CSV 2000, Niagara (529941, $35, ON)

Scheduled for release late summer or early autumn. The wine displays caramel, citrus, vanilla, green apple and fig aromas working in unison within the glass. Full bodied with classic Cave acidity in the way of citrus/ apple flavors dancing on tongue, giving the wine a lengthy finish. Drink until to 2009. (ES)

88 Harvest Estate Riesling 1999, Niagara (winery, $9.95, ON)

Winner of the best Riesling Award and runner up in the Best White Wine category at this year’s Cuvee Gala. Mosel like, with aromas of petrol, citrus, flowers, minerals and uniquely enough, some mint undertones. Nice aacisd/sugar balance with very good length, all this for under $10. (ES)

88 Malivoire Riesling Icewine 2001, Niagara (winery, $36, ON)

A delicate icewine with a bouquet of peach, apricot, red berries, honey and spice. Possesses very good length with the fresh acidity giving the wine balance and clarity. Ready to drink. (ES)

86 Jackson Triggs Chardonnay Delaine Vineyard 2001, Niagara (winery, $16. 95, ON)

A promising new offering from 3 year old vines. Not as oaky as the Grand Reserve, which allows more of the apple, citrusy flavors to show through. Medium bodied with very good length and a refreshing finish. If this is indicative of the quality to come, it is a wine to definitely watch out for. Drink now. (ES)

85 Jackson Triggs Riesling Delaine Vineyard 2001, Niagara (winery, $15.95, ON)

This other offering from the Delaine Vineyard is displaying moderate aromas of petrol, citrus and mineral. Light bodied with a peppery/citrus palate and good length. Once again from 3 year old vines. Drink now. (ES)

85 Malivoire Pinot Gris 2002, Niagara (591305, $18, ON)

Cleanly made with moderate aromatics of pear, citrus, apple and cream. On the palate the wine is light to medium bodied with roasted nuts flavors and mineral notes. Ready to drink and very refreshing. (ES)

85 Puddicombe Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2001, Niagara (winery, $15, ON)

Lindsay Puddicombe has down a fine job with this inaugural Sauvignon Blanc as witnessed by the wine’s citrus, gooseberry, celery and floral aromas. Crisp in the mouth with more of the citrus/gooseberry qualities showing through. Drink now. (ES)

85 Puddicombe Estate Muscat 2001, Niagara (winery, $9.50, ON)

Looking for a deal on a dry aromatic white wine-here is your purchase! Orange blossom, citrus and spice deliver on the nose while the palate shows more spice, cream and apple flavors, while finishing on a slight bitter note. (ES)

 

Canada

Red


91 Peninsula Ridge Cabernet Franc Icewine 2001, Niagara (winery, $54.95, ON)

Pale cherry colour with aromas of cherry, vanilla, raspberry, chocolate and grenadine. Thick texture with low acid and lots of raspberry fruit filling out on the long finish.


90 13th Street Wine Corp Sandstone Merlot 2001, Niagara (winery, $27 approx, ON)

Damn Impressive! Tasted blind you would think this to be a good St Emilion (and at half the price) with its bouquet of chocolate, cherry, plum, and herbs. Full bodied and ripe with a solid mid palate and excellent length. Lay it away for at least a year and drink until 2012. (ES)


89 Marynissen Merlot 2001, Niagara (winery, $28 approx, ON)

Last year I went on record, stating that 2001 is the year of Merlot and so far the results have been solid. The wine is by no means your friendly, supple drinking Merlot. Looks and behaves like a Cab Sauv with a black /purple colour, tightly wound tannic structure and flavors of black fruits, cherry, coffee, chocolate and nuts. Needs at least until 2006 to start showing its pedigree. Drink until 2015. (ES)


88 Pillitteri Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc 2000, Niagara (winery, $29.95, ON)

One of the best late harvest CF’s I have tasted out of Ontario. Strawberry jam, mint, chocolate, cherry and herbs are present on the nose. Not cloying at all with very good length and a touch of bitterness at the end. (ES)


88 Malivoire Old Vines Foch 2001, Niagara (551036, $22, ON)

Malivoire continues its success with low yielding Marechal Foch grapes. Black/purple colour with a nose of chocolate, cherry, and gamey/meaty aromas. Medium to full bodied with a lingering finish, where the typical “hybrid’ acidity kicks in. Should age well. (ES)


87 Malivoire Rose 2002, Niagara (559088, $15, ON)

This year’s vintage release is made from majority Cabernet Franc and quite frankly is one of the best Rose’s I have tasted out of Ontario in a while. Dry and refreshing with aromas of cherries, red flowers and light vegetal notes. Has very good length and finishes on a chocolate note. Try with grilled salmon or tuna this summer.


87 Reif Estate Zinfandel 2001, Niagara (winery, $16.95/375ml, ON)

It has taken Reif 10 years of working with the grape before actually producing a Red Zin worthy of bottling. Not a bold in your face Californian rendition, but rather elegant and very much Canadian in style. The nose displays moderate aromas raspberry, chocolate, red flowers and vegetal tones, while the palate offers more in terms of flavor. Admirable density with very good length and a Frangelico finish. (ES)

 

 
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