Wine Review – Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso 2013

This Etna Rosso, with some interesting varietals, resulted in a good blend of fruit, herbaceous, and earth notes… Name: Calderara Sottana Etna Rosso Vintage: 2013 Producer: Tenuta delle Terre Nere Region/Country: Sicily, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio Consumed: At Le Club Chasse et Pêche in Montreal, to celebrate someone’s 40th birthday. Recommended … Read more

Wine Review – Montemercurio Messaggero 2008

A layered offering from Montemercurio in the tradition of the Montepulciano region… Name: Messaggero Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Vintage: 2008 Producer: Montemercurio Region/Country: Montepulciano, Siena, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese Consumed: On a Friday, after a long week. Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $29.95 Bottle Presentation: Very classic Italian, reminiscent of Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel. Appearance: … Read more

Wine Review – Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino 2011

A complex, tantalizing nose with plenty more to follow for this Brunello di Montalcino… Name: Filo di seta Brunello di Montalcino Vintage: 2011 Producer: Castello Romitorio Region/Country: Montalcino, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese Consumed: On a cold Canadian Saturday evening Recommended By: LCBO Cost: $58.00 Bottle Presentation: Artistic, distinctive label reminiscent of a painting from Monet … Read more

Wine Review – Tommasi Amarone 2011

A strong, balanced Amarone from Tommasi, just as one would expect… Name: Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Vintage: 2011 Producer: Tommasi Region/Country: Valpolicella Classico, Verona, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Oseleta Consumed: On a cold Canadian Saturday evening Recommended By: It was a gift Cost: It was a gift (apparently $49.95 at the LCBO) Bottle … Read more

Wine Review – White Wine Blind Tasting – December 2016

This series of reviews stems from a blind tasting of three white wines, all of which were touted as typical representations of their respective terroir/location. Our journey began in Burgundy, France, and ended in Alto Adige, Italy, via Marlborough, New Zealand. For our pick of the lot, read on… Wine 1: Louis Jadot Pouilly-Fuissé Vintage: … Read more

Wine Review – CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2009

You know you have a great bottle of wine when you look forward to drinking it again… Name: CastelGiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Vintage: 2009 Producer: Tenuta CastelGiocondo, Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi Region/Country: Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese Consumed: October 1st 2016 at home Recommended By: LCBO vintages Cost: $50 Bottle Presentation: Classic and distinctive. We … Read more

Wine Review – Supreno 2013

Young, full-bodied, and Intense… Name: Supreno Vintage: 2013 Producer: Alma – Santa Maria della Versa Region/Country: Puglia, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Sangiovese, Merlot Consumed: Firegrill Restaurant, Montreal Recommended By: An amiable waitress at the Firegrill Restaurant Cost: $59.00 Bottle Presentation: Modern, bordering on dramatic (somehow reminiscent of Dracula), would definitely stand out on the shelf Appearance: … Read more

Wine Review – Matto Barolo

Pleasantly surprised by this lighter Italian red… Name: Matto Barolo Vintage: 2011 Producer: Matto Wines Region/Country: Piedmont, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Nebbiolo Consumed: At Vittoria Trattoria Restaurant Recommended By: Chosen from the wine list Cost: $75 Bottle Presentation: Modern and distinct. Part of the label reminded us of an inkblot. Appearance: Light garnet, which is surprising … Read more

Wine Review – Folonari Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore

Bring on the pizza and pasta… Name: Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore Vintage: 2014 Producer: Folonari Region/Country: Veneto, Italy Grape Varietal(s): Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara Consumed: Le Vieux Four Manago, Saint-Sauveur Recommended By: Restaurant server Cost: $38 at the restaurant (apparently $19.95 at SAQ) Bottle Presentation: Classic, rich look Appearance: Medium-dark ruby Nose: Sour cherries, leather, … Read more

Wine Review – Diadema 2009

An intriguing IGT with a beautiful bottle that divulges its secrets over time… Name: Diadema Vintage: 2009 Producer: Diadema Wine & Champagne, SRL Region/Country: Tuscany, Italy Grape Varietal(s): 75% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, 5% Syrah Consumed: June 24, 2016 at home Recommended By: A good friend (we received it as a wedding gift) Cost: … Read more

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