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June 2016 - Volume 9
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A Few Words Before We Begin
Hello <<First Name>>,
As I tweak this monthly edition of the newsletter into what I think you need, I realized something: This newsletter is all about the Ontario wines YOU NEED TO GET - the wines that are A MUST for any Ontario wine fan.  Serious or casual, if you like Ontario wines these are the wines that are the MUST HAVES right now, and whether you drink them now or in the future they are the wines that'll make YOU realize how GREAT the wines from Ontario can be.

This month's top wines:  Two Sisters, Hidden Bench, Creekside, Trius and Strewn are the wineries that make 'em, read below to see what they are - by hook or by crook these are wines you just gotta have.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK ... check out the bottom of this newsletter for a first look of the wines from a winemaker whose former winemaking gig rhymes with "Hailey".


Michael Pinkus - Grape Guy

The Tasting Bar ...
Hidden Bench 2012 La Brunate
($85.00 - Winery Only)
A very small production, best vintage Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (12%) and Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec (4% each) aged 19 months in French oak and bottled un-fined and unfiltered – which means its best years are still ahead of it. Here we have a soft and supple red wine (mainly due to the Merlot) that expresses the fruit incredibly well: a mix of both red cherry and black cherry with cassis and wood smoke along with a good tannin backbone. This one you’ll be enjoying well into the 2020’s. 
Rating: **** ½
Hillebrand / Trius 2012 Grand Red
($55.00 - Winery Only)
Grand Red is the pinnacle of Trius winemaking, and in 2012 it really was just that: 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 27% Cabernet Franc are sourced from Carlton and Clark Farms (you’ll recognize these from Trius Showcase bottlings), they are fermented and aged separately for 12 months, then blended and put back into barrel for an additional 6 months. The layers in this wine are incredible with the fruit and spice playing well together along with some intense mocha and cherry then a little smoke makes its way in there too; this is one to lie down for a decade or more.
Rating: **** ½
Creekside 2012 Syrah, Unbroken Press
($42.95 - Winery Only)
This is a bigger bolder Syrah from the folks that brought you the Broken Press Syrah. An 8 barrel offering, 100% Syrah, aged 20 months in mostly French with one lone new American barrel in the mix … it’s a meaty version with generosity of both fruit and spice.  Big tannins, smoky black pepper, pipe tobacco and cigar notes with a mouthful of dark fruits before spicy-oak and vanilla roar onto the finish. Only 184 cases produced and you’ll wanna get your hands on a few – where at least one has to make its way into the cellar. Drink thru 2030.
Rating: **** ½
Two Sisters 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
($62.00 - Winery Only)
If you’ve visited Two Sisters winery you quickly realize that you’re not in Kansas anymore because it is one impressive place … though some say pricing is too high you can’t knock the quality of the wines winemaker Adam Pearce is putting out the cellar doors.  This Cabernet Sauvignon is a great addition to their line-up ... (click here for full review)
Rating: **** ½+
Strewn 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon,
Winemaker’s Art

($23.95 - Winery Only)
It starts off with those welcoming (though typical) aromas of butter and vanilla, but then the white fruit component takes over: pear, apple and peach with a touch of salted caramel on the finish and a simple dash of white pepper ... nicely balanced with that sweet fruit, acidity and Chardonnay typicity.
Rating: **** ½
Exclusive First Look

Meldville wines is the new virtual project from former Lailey winemaker Derek Barnett ... the first three wines will be a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc ($20), 2015 Chardonnay ($20) and 2013 Cabernet Franc ($25) ... both Barnett's name and "First Edition" appear prominently on the front label ... availability will be announced soon.

Quick Review (full to come):
2015 Chardonnay (****+)
2015 Sauvignon Blanc (****+)
2013 Cabernet Franc (needs time to settle)
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