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 – 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

Wine Review – 2014 Le Vieux Pin Petit Rouge

A very good Bordeaux-blend with a twist… This Bordeaux-style blend, produced in British Columbia by Le Vieux Pin, impressed us in terms of complexity, ease of drinkability, and value. Similar to many blends produced on the Right Bank in Bordeaux, where Merlot dominates Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the twist of Petit Rouge comes in … Read more

Wine Review – 2013 Escudo Rojo

This Escudo Rojo blend could use more time in cellar… This Chilean red blend, a classy-looking offering bearing the heralded name of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, came across as bold, sharp, and a little aggressive, with green cedar notes and gritty tannins. And that was after having decanted it for a good hour. We’d recommend … Read more

Wine Review – Pillitteri Estates Cabernet Franc Family Reserve 2002

An excellent Cabernet Franc from Pillitteri that was well worth the wait… Name: Cabernet Franc Family Reserve Vintage: 2002 Producer: Pillitteri Region/Country: VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home as part of a birthday celebration (not saying which one). Recommended By: Received it as a gift from a beloved source. Cost: … Read more

Wine Review – 2009 Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Reserve

Not your typical Cabernet Franc, but still a fantastic offering from Hester Creek… Name: Hester Creek Cabernet Franc Reserve Block 3 Vintage: 2009 Producer: Hester Creek Region/Country: Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: A gift from a trusted source Cost: $28.99 CAD Bottle Presentation: Distinctive, classy label, … Read more

Wine Review – Domaine Gouron Chinon 2014

Expected a little more from this highly rated Chinon… Name: Domaine Gouron Vintage: 2014 Producer: Domaine Gouron Region/Country: Loire, France Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home on a lovely spring evening Recommended By: Last bin at the LCBO Cost: $16.95 Bottle Presentation: Simple, classic label. The italic font gives it a touch of class. … Read more

Wine Review – 13th Street Cellar Door Cabernet Franc 2013

13th Street Cellar Door Club members rejoice with this great, exclusive Cabernet Franc… Name: Cellar Door Cabernet Franc, Members’ Selection Vintage: 2013 Producer: 13th Street Winery Region/Country: Creek Shores, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Franc Consumed: March 25th 2017 at home Recommended By: Jean-Pierre Colas, the winemaker Cost: Gift Bottle Presentation: Distinct, with a somewhat … Read more

Wine Review – Château Vieux Chevrol 2010

An interesting Lalande-de-Pomerol given its strong flavours yet light body… Name: Château Vieux Chevrol Lalande-de-Pomerol Vintage: 2010 Producer: Château Vieux Chevrol Region/Country: Lalande-de-Pomerol, Bordeaux, France Grape Varietal(s): 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon Consumed: Brought with us to the Hotel Nelligan in Montreal to celebrate someone’s 40th birthday. Recommended By: Found at the … Read more

Wine Review – G. Marquis 2010 Epic

Surprisingly herbaceous, yet good with steak… Name: The Silver Line Epic Vintage: 2010 Producer: G. Marquis Vineyards Region/Country: Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada Grape Varietal(s): Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Consumed: At home Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $29.75 Bottle Presentation: Classic, classy, clean, and distinctive Appearance: Medium ruby red Nose: Herbs, cedar, and leather Taste: Wood, … Read more

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