WINE REVIEWS


 

WineReviews I taste and review many more wines that can feasibly be written up into lengthy articles or may not necessarily be included on the recommendations page, as they are on consignment/private order and are not available for purchase through wineries nor the LCBO, or are simply not recommended. This page is designed to fill this void and displays wine reviews from small tastings and from original articles for quick view.
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  • Bonterra Tasting at the iYellow Wine Cave.
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    Wines tasted April 2015

     

    Most people are familiar with Bonterra Winery, well that is not a coincidence as they export nearly 70% of their wines into Canada and of that, about half is sold here in Ontario. Another reason the winery is known, is because it is one of the very few organic and biodynamic wineries in California[1]. Lesser known fact is that Concha Y Toro (one of my favorite Chilean wineries) acquired Bonterra in 2011 and now has an influence over the winemaking. Chilean wine industry is known for their push and advances into biodynamic and organic wine growing, which has undoubtedly increased Bonterra’s quality in the recent years.
    The iYellow Wine Club put together a tasting of 4 Bonterra wines guided by Bonterra’s John Kinney and they were paired with two-course, tasty dinner “tossed” together by Chef Damian Harington’s skilled hands (literally…one should not forget the cheese pairing).

     

    The 2013 Bonterra Viognier, with added Muscat (3%) and aged in oak for 6 months, has creamy, mouthwatering notes of green apple and muscat, together with subtle lees and cucumber on the nose and green apple, apricot, vanilla and oak on the palate. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with forward yet round acidity and a medium to long finish. It is a food friendly wine; enjoy now to 2018+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: quite NICE, 88 pts.
    Score 88 pts. $19.95 Vintages September 2015 release.
    The 2013 Bonterra Chardonnay, sourced from Mendocino county and composed of 89% Chardonnay, 6-7% Viognier and Muscat and aged for 8 months in both French and American Oaks; has inviting aromas of toast, butter, vanilla, pecan and quince on the nose and gooseberry, pineapple and wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity and a long finish. It is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now and for the next 5-10 years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 88-89 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 88-89 pts. $19.95 Vintages 342436
    The 2013 Bonterra Pinot Noir, aged in French Oak for 10 months; has intensely perfumed aromas (though atypical of Pinots) of red currant, prune, smoke, cigar box and wood on the nose and sour cherry, blueberry, dark chocolate, vanilla and wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, subtle to refined tannins and a long and inky finish. It is both food friendly and sipping wine; drink now and for the next 5 years (cork enclosure). My impression: NICE, 89-90 pts – recommended for its quality and value – recommended as a good wine, not due to its trueness to the varietal.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89-90 pts. $19.95 Vintages 317685
    The 2012 Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, made up of 97% Sauvignon, 3% Syrah and less than 1% Carmenere and aged in oak for undisclosed time; has desirable aromas of toast, graphite, strawberry and black cherry on the nose and black cherry, plum, dark chocolate and stone like texture on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with good acidity, dusty/grippy tannins and a medium to long finish. This wine is a sipper; very enjoyable now though cellaring for few years will enhance it even further (+1-2 evolution points), drink now to 2025 (cork enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 (+1-2 Ep) pts – recommended for its quality and value – stock up half to a full case into the cellar.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90-91 (+1-2Ep) pts. $19.95 Vintages 342428

     

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  • #ShirazWeek – Australian Wine Tasting.
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    Wines tasted February 2015

     

    As the hashtag suggests, a 1/52nd-of-a-year-long is dedicated to celebrating the Shiraz varietal. This year, that occasion fell onto the February 21st to March 1st week, for which iYellow Wine Club organized a tasting of 17 Australian Shirazes at their Wine Cave in Toronto. Available shirazes were quite well known brands, common to pretty much even the smallest of LCBO stores, so it was a great opportunity to be able to taste them side by side and to compare what Australia places on the shelves in general section (mostly) of the LCBO. The iYellow team has done a great job choosing the order to taste them in – starting with the least complex and containing residual sugar and moving onto dryer, typically older wines. Below are tasting notes of 12 Shirazes in the order that I’ve tasted them.

     

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    The 2013 Jacob’s Classic Creek Shiraz has vegetal notes of green pepper, stems, plum and dates on the nose and plum and red currant on the palate. It is a medium bodied, perceivably extra dry/dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink this table wine with food, best now to 2018 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 86 pts.
    Score 86 pts. $12.00 LCBO 548644
    The 2013 Hardy’s Stamp Shiraz Cabernet has faint notes of red currant and plum on the nose and plum followed by figs on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Serve with pasta dishes, can take some spicy heat, now to 2017 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL, 85 pts.
    Score 85 pts. $9.85 LCBO 338012
    The 2012 Hardy’s Butcher’s Gold Shiraz Sangiovese has seductive aromas of black berry and black currant on the nose and red and black currants on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine, drink now to 2019 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87 pts – recommended on quality basis – acidity and body are in harmony.
    RECOMMENDED Score 87 pts. $14.95 LCBO 219139
    The 2012 Hardy’s Bankside Shiraz has fullish aromas of blackberry and prune on the nose + palate, and is also joined by dates on the latter. It is a medium to full bodied, dry/off-dry, fruity wine; with good acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Should pair well with spicy foods, drink now to 2017 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NOTHING SPECIAL to NICE, 86 pts.
    Score 86 pts. $15.00 LCBO 333948
    The 2012 Wyndham Estate Bin 555 Shiraz has expressive aromas of blackberry, black & red currants, together with subtle eucalyptus and graphite on the nose and blackberry with prune on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink with food – now to 2019+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts – with this complexity, the wine would score higher if it wasn’t for its notable sugar level, recommended none-the-less – especially when on LCBO’s limited time offer usually once a year.
    RECOMMENDED Score 87-88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 189415
    The 2012 Henry’s Drive H Syrah has impressive notes of black currant, blackberry, oak, vanilla and pencil lead on the nose and sour cherry, pomegranate, black cherry and oak on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity to integrated wine; with fresh acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine, drink now to 2020 (screw cap enclosure). My impression: quite NICE, 89+ pts – recommended for its quality (would fare better, too bad it is not extra-dry).
    RECOMMENDED Score 89+ pts. $24.95 Vintages 402693
    The 2013 Rosemount Diamond Shiraz has deep aromas of prune on the nose and prune, plum, red currant and wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with lively acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long finish. Enjoy this wine with food or by itself, drink now to 2018+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88 pts.
    Score 88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 302349
    The 2011 Tik Tok Pocketwatch Shiraz has elegant aromas of eucalyptus, graphite, pine, black cherry and blackberry on the nose and oak, vanilla, figs and red currant on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long, silky finish. This is a sipping wine, drink now to 2018+ (screw cap enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – recommended for both, its quality and value.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90-91 pts. $15.95 LCBO 187187
    The 2013 JimJim (The Down-Underdog) Shiraz has lifted, green aromas of underbrush, sour cherry and wood on the nose and sour cherry and red currant on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, dry/off-dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Drink with food, drink now and for the next few years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts.
    Score 87-88 pts. $15.95 LCBO 682005
    The 2012 – 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif has appealing aromas of sour cherry and red currant on the nose and the palate, followed by black cherry. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with good, forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine, drink now and for the next few years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88 pts.
    Score 88 pts. $18.95 LCBO 369777
    The 2011 Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz, sourced from McLaren Vale and aged in a combination of French and American Oaks, has seductive aromas of succulent black currant, cigar box, oak and vanillin on the nose and blackberry, black currant and vanilla on the palate. It is medium to full bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; with good acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. This is a sipping wine – enjoy by itself; drink now to 2020-25 will get better in the next 5 or so years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – not recommended value-wise, but recommended for its quality (for this price, it better be good).
    RECOMMENDED Score 92 pts. $34.95 LCBO 390872
    The 2010 Small Gully The Formula Robert’s Shiraz has intense aromas of black currants, wood and dark chocolate on the nose and blackberry and black currant on the palate. It is a full bodied, extra-dry/dry, integrated wine; with crisp acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. This is both food friendly and a sipping wine; drink now to and for the next 5+ years (screw cap enclosure). My impression: NICE, 89-90 pts – recommended for its quality and value.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89-90 pts. $19.95 Vintages 142935
    The 2014 Yellow Tail Shiraz – this wine is too young to be even mildly enjoyable now, and hence should not be touched for at least two years after which I would gladly revisit it. Curent impression: DRINKABLE BUT WHY, 80-82 pts – not recommended despite being on LTO for $11 until March 29th
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    Score 80-82 pts. $12.00 LCBO 624544

     

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  • Burrowing Owl wine series tasting.
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    Wines tasted November 2014

     

    The 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Chardonnay, aged in French and American oaks (90%/10%) for 9 months, has creamy aromas of sweet vanilla, toast, oak and ripe apple on the nose and yellow apple, toast, vanilla and oak on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine; with lively acidity and a long, creamy finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now and for the next 5 years (screw enclosure). My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended for its quality. Tasted in Nov/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $33.95 Vintages 208694
    The 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Pinot Noir, aged for 9 months in French, Russian and Hungarian oaks; has appealing cranberry, raspberry and old wood notes on the nose and rosehip, pomegranate, red currant and old wood on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with forward/crisp acidity, subtle tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now and for the next 2-3 years (cork enclosure). My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted in Nov/14.
    Score 88-89 pts. $40.95 Vintages 556613
    The 2012 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc, aged in combinations of French, Russian, Hungarian and American oaks for 22 months; has expressive aromas of toasted oak, vanilla and milky black cherry on the nose and pomegranate, dates and oak on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink from 2015/16 till 2020 – evolution potential of +1 (cork enclosure). My impression: NICE, 89 (+1 EP) pts, quite expensive for what it is. Tasted in Nov/14.
    Score 89 (+1EP) pts. $43.95 Vintages 349019
    The 2010 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot, aged for 16 months in French, Russian, Hungarian and American oaks; has attractive aromas of pine, clove, leather and blackberry on the nose while the palate gets immersed with red currant, blackberry and black currant fruits interwoven with nicely integrated oak. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with lively acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. Enjoy this wine on its own; drink now till 2022+ (cork enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – recommended for its quality. NOTE, the vintage at LCBO is indeed 2010, not the listed 2011. Tasted in Nov/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 92 pts. $40.95 Vintages 585737
    The 2010 Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Athene is composed of 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon that were co-fermented (an uncommon practice for fine wines) and then aged in French and American oaks (60/40% – 40% new) for 18 months before bottling. The wine has succulent bouquet composed of black currant, blackberry, blueberry, cedar, leather and toasted vanilla on the nose and figs, black currant, leather, vanilla and oak on the palate. It is a full bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with fresh acidity, dusty/refined tannins and a long and silky finish. This is a sipper that should be enjoyed uninterrupted; drink now till 2020++ (cork enclosure). My impression: BEAUTIFUL to DIVINE, 92-93 pts – recommended for its quality. Tasted in Nov/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 92-93 pts. $44.95 Vintages 371336

     

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  • iYellow’s Trapiche tasting with the winemaker Sergio Eduardo Casé and Carla Castorina
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    Wines tasted September 2014

     

    iYellow Wine Club organized tasting of two Trapiche’s wines, one tasting of an unoaked “PURE” Malbec took place at TOCA Bistro within Ritz-Carlton and was paired with hard cheese, sirloin steak appetizer and chocolate; for the second tasting of “Extravaganza” we relocated to ‘The Cave’ and was paired with Frog legs, Duck Tongue Tacos and Chocolate covered Crickets – prepared by SLICED

     

    The 2013 Trapiche Pure Malbec, sourced from foothill vineyards in Uco valley and crafted without any use of oak, has attractive aromas of earthy blackberry and black cherry on the nose and blackberry, red currant and subtle stems on the palate. It is a full bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined/dusty tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine that goes well with hard cheese or steak; drink now and for the next few years (composite cork enclosure). My impression: quite NICE, 89 pts – recommended for its quality and value – excellent complexity rarely found in unoaked wines and should find its place to many cellars for short term cellaring.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89 pts. $15.95 LCBO 370924
    The 2013 Trapiche Extravaganza, composed of 55% Malbec, 35% Bonarda and 10% Syrah that briefly saw French Oak, has intense notes of vanillin, oak, black cherry and blackberry on the nose and black cherry and sweet vanilla on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, off-dry, fruity wine; with forward acidity, grippy tannins and a medium to long finish that tends to gum up the palate. This is an easy-drinking party wine that goes down better with food; drink short term (composite cork enclosure). Rated 85 pts.
    Score 85 pts. $15.95 LCBO 360776
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  • Austrian tasting of mainly Grüner Veltliner wines presented by Andreas Wickhoff, Austria’s third Master of Wine, at the Fine Wine Reserve.
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    Wines tasted April 2014

     

    The 2013 Sattlerhof vom Sand Sauvignon Blanc (100%), aged in stainless steel tanks on lees for 5 months, has attractive aromas of stems, subtle lees, zest and pineapple on the nose and light lees, lemon and pineapple on the palate. It is a light bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with good acidity and a medium to long finish. Drink this refreshing wine with food; drink now to 2018. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts – recommended for its quality and value. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 88-89 pts. $19.95 Private order Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2013 Wieninger Wiener Gemischter Satz DAC was made with Grüner Veltliner (<50%), Weissburgunder (>10%), Welschriesling and Chardonnay varietals grown on Bisamberg and Nussberg vineyards located within Vienna’s city limits. It has fragrant aromas of muscat, melon, honeydew melon, pineapple and lime on the nose and melon, pineapple and lime on the palate. It is a light bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now and for the next few years. My impression: NICE, 88 pts – recommended for its quality. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 88 pts. $20.95 Consignment Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 Nigl Gärtling Grüner Veltliner has subtle notes of wet slate minerality, and green apple and lime on both the nose and palate. It is a light bodied, dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now to 2016+. My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts. Tasted in Apr/14.
    Score 87-88 pts. $21.95 Consignment Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 F.X. Pichler Loibner Klostersatz Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, sourced from Wachau, has light mineral aromas as well as lemon and apple notes. It is a light bodied, dry, fruity wine; with good acidity and a long, lightly creamy finish. Enjoy this wine with food; drink now to 2016+. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted in Apr/14.
    Score 88-89 pts. $37.95 Consignment Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2013 Loimer LOIS Grüner Veltliner Niederösterreich, aged on fine lees for 4 months, has perfumed aromas of green apple, gooseberry and light minerality on the nose and both yellow and green apples, lemon and light lees on the plate. It is a light bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with excellent acidity and a palate cleansing finish of medium length. Enjoy this wine with food or sip by itself; drink now to 2018+. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89 pts – recommended for both quality and value. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89 pts. $18.95 Private order Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2013 Loimer Langenlois Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC, aged in stainless steel tanks on fine lees for 4 months, has intense aromas of slate minerality, lemon zest, pineapple and juicy apple. It is a light bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with forward/crisp acidity and a medium, clean finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now and for the next few years. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended for both quality and value. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $22.95
    Consignment – LCBO in October Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 Loimer Langenlois Grüner Veltliner Terrassen Kamptal DAC Reserve, sourced from 20-40 year old vines and aged on fine lees for over 6 months; has rich aromas of green apple, melon, lemon, light butter and vanilla on the nose and green apple, lees, light butter and vanilla on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine; with refreshing acidity and a long, creamy finish. Though food friendly, this is a sipping wine; drink now and for the next 3-5 years. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – recommended for its quality. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 91 pts. $39.95 Private order Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 Loimer Langenlois Spiegel Grüner Veltliner Kamptal DAC Reserve, aged in large oak casks for nearly a year on fine lees, has elegant, creamy aromas of gooseberry, pineapple and lemon. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine; BALANCED with good acidity and a long, lightly creamy finish. Enjoy this wine on-its-own; drink now to 2020+. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended for its quality. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $64.95 Private order Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 Heinrich Zweigelt, sourced from vines up to 30 years old that were then aged in large oak vats for about a year before bottling, has seductive notes of pine sap, violets, forest berries and pomegranate on the nose and stewed berries, and pomegranate on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, subtle tannins and a clean, smooth finish of medium length. Enjoy with food; drink now to 2018+. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts. Tasted in Apr/14.
    Score 88-89 pts. $24.95 Consignment Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2012 Heinrich Blaufränkisch, sourced from vines up to 25 years old and subsequently aged in oak barrels for over 9 months, has appealing aromas of wood, dates and plums on the nose and black cherry and pomegranate on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; BALANCED with forward acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. Enjoy with food or by itself; drink now to 2018+. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended for both, quality and value. Tasted in Apr/14.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $24.95 Private order Le Sommelier Inc.

     

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  • Wines herein were tasted at California Wine Fair event in Toronto that took place at the Royal York Hotel.
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    Wines tasted April 2014

     

    The 2011 Schug Carneros Estate Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose full of smoked meat, pine, thyme and red currant. It is a medium bodied, dry/off-dry, fruity wine; bit disconnected with some heat, good acidity, refined tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now – 2017. My impression: NICE, 88-89 pts.
    Score 88-89 pts. $46.50 Ponte Wine & Spirits
    now under Lifford Wine & Spirits
    The 2012 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, sourced from the Russian River Valley, has captivating aromas of cigar box, oak, almond, vanilla and black cherry on the nose and black cherry and lightly stewed dates on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry/dry, fruity wine; with checked/lacking acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. It is a sipping wine; drink now – 2017. My impression: NICE, 89 pts.
    Score 89 pts. $?? Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants

     

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    The 2011 Francis Ford Coppola Director’s Cut Zinfandel, from Dry Creek in Sonoma, has attractive aromas of blackberry, black cherry and vanilla on both the nose and palate. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with good acidity, dusty tannins and a medium to long, smooth finish. This party favorite is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now – 2020. My impression: quite NICE, 90 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $32.95 Vintages 203208
    The 2010 Ironstone Rous Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, sourced from Lodi from vines planted in 1909, has concentrated nose full of pine, clove, blackberry, figs, black cherry, oak and faint leather aromas. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with good acidity, refined, dusty tannins and a long, smooth, silky finish. Enjoy this wine on-its-own; drink now – 2020. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 92 pts – recommended for both, its quality and value.
    RECOMMENDED Score 92 pts. $17.00 May 10th Vintages release.
    The 2011 Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel, sourced from Lodi, has intense aromas of red currant and oak on the nose and plum and dates on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with very good, refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now and for the next 5 years. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 89-90 pts.
    Score 89-90 pts. $19.95 Vintages in August
    The 2011 Kenwood Zinfandel, sourced from Sonoma County, has attractive aromas cigar box, tobacco, vanilla, sour cherry, red currant and pine on the nose and red currant, dates, oak and vanilla on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, dusty tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now and for the next 3-5 years. My impression: NICE, 89 pts.
    Score 89 pts. $20.95 Rogers & Company
    The 2012 Geyser Peak XY Old Vine Zinfandel has notes of strawberry, raspberry and blackberry on the nose and cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with crisp acidity, dusty tannins and a medium finish. Drink this wine with food; now to 2018. My impression: NICE, 87-88 pts.
    Score 87-88 pts. $17.00 Mondia Alliance
    The 2011 Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel, from Amador County, has alluring bouquet of eucalyptus, toasted oak, blackberry, and vanilla on the nose and the same plus raspberry and pomegranate on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with good acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. Enjoy this wine on-its-own; drink now to 2025. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – though heavily influenced by oak, recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90-91 pts. $?? not represented.
    The 2011 Pedroncelli Zinfandel, sourced from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, has seductive aromas of leather, barnyard, old wood, pine, vanilla and blackberry on the nose and dates, blackberry and vanilla on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a long and silky finish. Sip this wine on-its-own; drink now to 2020+. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 91 pts. $?? Kylix Wines
    The 2012 Hann Estates Boneshaker Zinfandel, sourced from Lodi, has concentrated aromas of almond, blackcurrant, bilberry, strawberry and stemmy red currant on the nose and red fruit, vanilla and oak on the palate. It is a medium bodied, dry, fruity wine; with good acidity, refined tannins and a long and smooth finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now to 2020. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 90-91 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90-91 pts. $31.50 Ponte Wine & Spirits
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    The 2009 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Napa Valley, has intense aromas of red and black currants, vanilla, coconut and oak. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, refined/dusty tannins and a long and silky finish. Enjoy this heavily oak influenced wine on-its-own; drink now to 2018+. My impression: NICE, 89 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89 pts. $?? Halpern Enterprises
    The 2010 Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, has rich aromas of eucalyptus, wood, black currant, blackberry, black cherry and vanilla. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine; with crisp acidity, dusty tannins and a tongue coating, medium to long finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now to 2020+. My impression: NICE, 89 pts.
    Score 89 pts. $59.95 Vintages 382325
    The 2009 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, has deep notes of tobacco, toast, wood, cherry/black cherry, red currant, vanilla and dates. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; BALANCED with good acidity, refined tannins and a long finish. Though food friendly, sip this wine; drink now to 2020+. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – recommended for quality and value.
    RECOMMENDED Score 91 pts. $19.95 Vintages LCBO in June.
    The 2010 Stonestreet Monument Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, has appealing aromas of cigar box, wood, cherry and vanilla on the nose and pomegranate, cherry, dates, vanilla and tobacco on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; with refreshing acidity, refined tannins and a medium to long finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; drink now to 2020. My impression: NICE to BEAUTIFUL, 90 pts – recommended for quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 90 pts. $54.95 Vintages 285098
    The 2011 Peju Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Napa Valley, has attractive notes of stems, oak, black cherry, coconut and vanilla on the nose and stewed red currant, blackberry, dates and vanilla on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with checked acidity, dusty/grippy tannins and a medium to long finish. This is both, food friendly and sipping wine; drink now to 2018+. My impression: NICE, 89 pts.
    Score 89 pts. $?? Le Sommelier Inc.
    The 2011 Delicato Family Vineyards Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Napa Valley, has pleasing aromas of eucalyptus, wood, black cherry and vanilla on the nose and red currant and raspberry on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with refreshing acidity, grippy tannins and a long and silky finish. Enjoy this one as a sipping wine; drink now to 2025. My impression: BEAUTIFUL, 91 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 91 pts. $29.95 Vintages LCBO in June.
    The 2011 Somerston Estate Priest Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Napa Valley, has alluring bouquet of pine, oak, eucalyptus, anise, coconut and sweet vanilla notes on the nose and black cherry cola blackberry, coconut and vanilla on the palate. It is a medium to full bodied, extra-dry, fruity to integrated wine; with good acidity, drying tannins and a long finish. This is a food friendly and sipping wine; cellar for few years (evolution potential of +1) drink 2017 to 2025. My impression: NICE, 90 pts.
    Score 90 pts. $53.95 Profile Wine Group
    The 2011 Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.5% Cabernet Franc and rest being made up the Merlot that was sourced from Napa Valley and aged in French Oak for 18 months, has subtle notes of stems, oak, barnyard and red currant on the nose and smoked meat, pomegranate and red currant on the palate. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; with good acidity, tight tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; cellar for few years (evolution potential of +1) drink 2016 to 2019. My impression: NICE, 88 pts.
    Score 88 pts. $119.95 Profile Wine Group
    The 2010 St. Michelle Wine Estates Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Napa Valley, has pleasant aromas of sour cherry and eucalyptus. It is a light to medium bodied, extra-dry, fruity wine; BALANCED with refreshing acidity, drying tannins and a medium finish. This is a food friendly wine; drink now to 2018. My impression: NICE, 89 pts – recommended for its quality.
    RECOMMENDED Score 89 pts. $68.95 Profile Wine Group

     

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