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End of June 2016 - Volume 10
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Must Watch ...
Video Wine Reviews:
Ontario Wine Review Video #182: Creekside 2014 Marianne Hill Riesling

2014 Riesling
Marianne Hill

Ontario Wine Review Video #181: Cave Spring Cellars 2012 Pinot Noir Estate
Cave Spring Cellrs
2012 Pinot Noir Estate
Ontario Wine Review #180: Chateau des Charmes 2012 Equuleus
Ch. des Charmes
2012 Equuleus
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The Side Bar ...
Cellar Tastings and more:
Taste it Again:
Andre, Gamay, Franc & more
From the Cellar:
Another Brother Dinner
From the Cellar:
Talmard 2011 Macon-Uchizy
From the Cellar:
Santa Caroline 2003 Cab Sauv
Vintages Release:
June 11, 2016
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A Few Words Before We Begin
Hello <<First Name>>,
Happy almost Canada Day ... as usual 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: The 5 MUST HAVE wines come from Strewn, Two Sisters, Leaning Post, KEW Vineyards and Back 10 Cellars - by hook or by crook these are wines you just gotta have.

The reviews are in ... right below this little note you'll see the reviews for Derek Barnett's very first solo wines under the label Meldville Wines and being sold through Legends Estates starting July 16, 2016.


Michael Pinkus -Grape Guy

Derek Barnett is Back
(former Lailey winemaker)

Derek Barnett is back with his inaugural wines from his very own virtual label - which will be sold through Legends Estates starting Saturday July 16, 2016 (a year to the date he left Lailey behind) ... there are customers and clients clamoring to get these “First Edition wines which are in limited supply (only 780 cases in total):

Click on wine for full review:
Meldville 2015 Chardonnay (****+)
Meldville 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (****+)
Meldville 2013 Cabernet Franc (needs time to settle)
The Tasting Bar ...
Back 10 Cellars 2014 Chardonnay,
Start From Scratch

($27.95 - Winery Only)
Last time I wrote something glowing about Back 10 Cellars it was for their Cabernet Franc ... now it’s all about their Chardonnay. Here we have a six barrel effort, wild fermented and resting in Canadian oak for one year. Results are a nose that borders the exotic with vanilla, pineapple and coconut, and a palate that delivers buttery, coconut husk, vanilla and gentle spice – different yet fun with a fully realized complexity from beginning to end. I’m told this one is going fast.
Rating: ****+
Leaning Post 2015 Rosé
($20.00 - Winery Only)
A real refreshing Rosé that blends 60% Gamay with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and shows a real beauty of fruit, perfect for your summer activities (read: lying about / relaxing). Strawberry, apple skin and lime notes gives you a light flavourful wine that’s dry with good acidity and a long raspberry-strawberry-pomegranate finish.
Rating: ****+
KEW Vineyards
2011 Pinot Noir Rosé, Rosalie

($29.95 - Winery Only)
Not sure if I was just dreaming of Chinese food when I was tasting this wine or maybe thinking what it might pair with – but aromas were reminiscent of sweet and sour chicken sauce all with a squeeze of lemon (odd I know) – but this 4-years on lees Pinot Noir-based bubbly was a true delight on the palate: lovely creamy mouthfeel with lime meringue, raspberry and strawberry. KEW is really making a name for themselves with their line-up of affordable bubblies and this one to me tops that list … paired with or without the Chinese food.
Rating: ****+
Two Sisters 2012 Eleventh Post
($39.00 - Winery Only)
When you’re talking about the reds at Two Sisters they are made to age – but winemaker Adam Pearce wanted to give you the chance to enjoy his efforts earlier with a more approachable offering. A 50% Merlot blend with Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvingon each wielding 25% of the blend. It spent 26 months in a 75% / 25% mix of French and American oak with only 15% being new … and approachable it truly is with plenty of red and dark fruit a la cherry and plum with a dollop of mocha for added enjoyment.
Rating: **** ½+
Strewn 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
($23.95 - Winery Only)
This Cab spent a total of 30 months in a mix of equal parts French and American oak (70% older barrels) and it delivers on every level a good Cabernet Sauvignon should. Aromas start with a big hit of baker’s chocolate backed by plum and cherry … palate seems to mimic the popular Appassimento-style (but isn’t); Read more
Rating: ****+
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