Wine Review – 2007 Boutari Legacy 1879

A powerful Greek wine in a Janus-like way… This 100% Xinomavro offering from the Boutari/Naoussa Winery feels Greek to the core, at least in terms of the god Janus. Both the outside and inside of the wine appeared to have two sides. On the outside, the label had a dramatic, masculine appearance, with gold-on-black lettering … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Brella Pinot Noir

A classic Pinot Noir from Brella in Willamette Valley, Oregon… We enjoyed Brella’s Pinot Noir, a very good representation of the varietal. It offered classic red fruit and mushroom notes, as well as nice degrees of balance and complexity. It shined on its own, but also paired nicely with a creamy, camembert-like cheese from Quebec, … Read more

Wine Review – 2012 Kew Heritage

Another very good red from one of Niagara’s hidden gems… Made in Appassimento style, this bold red blend from Kew Vineyards in Beamsville Bench, Ontario, Heritage, has plenty to offer. Blueberries, leather, anise, grilled meat, and a hint of green cedar round out the aromatic bouquet. In the mouth, we enjoyed a complex array of … Read more

Wine Review – 2012 Pauillac Légende

An outstanding, robust red blend from Pauillac, and one worthy of the Barons de Rothschild name… This wine lived up to its name, Légende, offering a complex, balanced blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (70%) and Merlot (30%). As one would expect from the Pauillac region in Bordeaux, dark, ripe fruit, including plums, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries … Read more

Wine Review – 2013 Kew Pinot Noir

Another hidden gem from Southern Ontario, a classic Pinot Noir from the Beamsville Bench (Niagara) VQA… This classic, elegant red from Kew Vineyards Estate Winery in Beamsville Bench, Ontario, offers exactly what you’d expect in a Pinot Noir. It’s also another fantastic offering from Philip Dowell, an award-winning winemaker. The red fruit and forest floor … Read more

Wine Review – 2012 Stratus Red

A Niagara red Bordeaux blend that rivals, if not surpasses, many of its French counterparts… This bold, juicy red blend from Stratus Winery in Niagara offers plenty of complexity and balance in an Old-World style. Dark jammy fruit, black pepper, leather, and savoury spice dominate the nose, although we enjoyed the semi-sweet chocolate notes and … Read more

Wine Review – 2014 Kellerei Meran Lagrein Segen Riserva

An indigenous Italian varietal from Kellerei Meran, and one well worth a look, if not two… We received this wine as a gift from one of our esteemed Austrian-Italian-German colleagues, who billed it as his favourite red. Based on this trusted source, we couldn’t wait to give it a try after allowing it to settle … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon 815

A bold, juicy Cabernet Sauvignon from Joel Gott Wines… If you enjoy big, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon, look no further than this offering from Joel Gott Wines in Napa Valley, California. Well-balanced, complex, and well-made, this new world red offers plenty of aromas, most notably vanilla and cooked fruit, as well as an array of flavours, … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Noir

A dry-to-off-dry Pinot Noir, with plenty of fruit and spice… This Pinot Noir from Francis Ford Coppola Winery left an impression through its vibrant red fruit, mostly raspberries and plums, and plentiful spice, largely allspice and cloves. Made in a new world style, this wine might not appeal to Pinot Noir purists. Saying that, we … Read more

Wine Review – 2015 Sansonina Evaluna

A surprisingly, or perhaps unsurprisingly, good Cabernet blend from the well-known Amarone and Ripasso producer, Zenato… We thoroughly enjoyed this Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc blend, weighted on the Cabernet Sauvignon side, from Sansonina, the second label of the well-known Northern Italian producer, Zenato. A well-balanced, complex offering, and the tannins, although drying, did not … Read more

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