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Ontario Wines: 

Best Bubbles of 2016

New & Noteworthy Wines, the Latest Video Reviews, Podcasts and more


December 2016 - Volume 17
Must Watch
Video Wine Reviews:

Ontario
Pillitteri 2012 Commendatore (Ontario Wine Review #198)
Pillitteri
2012 Commendatore
Marynissen 2014 Gamay Noir, Platinum Series (Ontario Wine Review #200)
Marynissen
2014 Gamay Noir
Platinum Series
International
Deep Roots
2015 Gamay
(British Columbia)
Prats & Symington 2011 Prazo de Roriz (The Wine Review - Ep. 74)
Prats & Symington
2011 Prazo de Roriz (Portugal)
The Side Bar ...
Cellar Tastings and more:
Newsletter 275:
All I Want for Christmas
Vintages Release:
December 10, 2016
Taste it Again:
Cattail Creek 2007 Reserve Merlot
Taste it Again:
Six from Ontario
Taste it Again:
Coyote's Run 2009 Pinot Noir Brut Rose
From the Cellar:
Barde Haut meets Pirramimma (France / Australia)
From the Cellar:
A Double Dose of Farina Ripasso (Italy)
From the Cellar:
Howling Moon 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi (California)
Recent Podcasts
Episode 26:
Talkin' Holiday Wines for You
Episode 25:
Talkin' Gadgets & Gizmos A-PLenty
A Few Words Before We Begin
 
Hello <<First Name>>,
 
For the last newsletter letter / e-blast of the year I thought it only fitting to tell you about the best Ontario Sparkling wines I had all year - since I usually put six reviews in this blast I'll pass along my top six bubbles (plus a bonus, just to spread the love around) - these are the wines you'll want to bring the New Year in with and share with your friends and family over the holidays, because without a doubt, Ontario is making some of the BEST sparkling wines anywhere.

For those looking for more to keep them busy over the holidays ... there are plenty of videos to look at, podcasts to listen to and reviews to read. I would also like to take a moment to thank all of you for your continued support,  follow me on social media and for your newsletter subscription - and I in turn will continue to deliver you great content and reviews of the best wines and news from right here in Ontario and around the world.

May you all have a safe, healthy and happy new year and all the best for 2017.

Cheers.

Michael Pinkus -Grape Guy
www.michaelpinkuswinereview.com

The Tasting Bar ...
Hinterland
2009 Les Etoiles

($49.00 - Winery Only)
It’s really not hard to recommend Hinterland bubbles, over the years they’ve just been so damn good and so damn consistent; but the 2009 Etoiles takes things to a whole new level. 5 years on lees with no dosage has brought about lemon drop and zest with hints of lime and green apple, but it also shows off it’s mineral-side along with a dry-yeasty quality and good bracing acidity that makes sparkling wine such a versatile food pairing wine (this one in particular). This 60/40 Chard/Pinot sparkling may not be perfect but it’s pretty damn near close; and the real surprise is how fresh it is after 5 years in this very bottle. Drink / Hold 5-10 years.
Rating: **** ½+
 
(Also from Hinterland:  2013 Rosé)
Henry of Pelham 
Rosé Brut, Cuvee Catharine

($29.95 - Winery & LCBO)
(2016 Tasting) … Every few years it’s nice to re-visit and re-retaste some of these non-vintage sparklers, as the base wine can sometimes cause thing to change (a bit) – and wow is this batch of the Cuvee Catharine Rosé a winner (base is from 2012 – which makes it all the more incredible): gorgeous raspberry / strawberry and lime on the nose with a great citrus finish, good mousse and brilliant acidity … I’d go out on a limb here and say it’s truly one of the best Cuvee Catharine’s to date.
Rating: **** ½
Lighthall Vineyards
2011 Culmination

($35.00 - Winery Only)
One of the ‘F’ wineries in Niagara (Flat Rock or Featherstone) started the crown-cap trend on sparkling and it seems to be catching on, all the way to Prince Edward County, where Lighthall has picked up the mantle on is his first traditional method bubble. 100% Chardonnay aged 4 years on lees delivering dry, lemon and lessy-yeasty notes with dusty apple, mineral and melon rind flavours. A great first effort that shows Lighthall is on the right track with its limited production portfolio. 
Rating: ****+
Rosehall Run
NV Ceremony Blanc de Blanc

($34.95 - Winery Only)
This is the first traditional method bubbly made by Rosehall Run – it’s 100% Chardonnay with grapes coming from their own vineyard and seeing some barrel aging of the base wine; that’s what really gives this sparkler it’s depth of character. Aromas of mineral, hazelnut and smoky-toasty notes – give me the shrugs – but while the nose leaves a little to be desired the palate more than makes up for it: the upfront hit of acidity that really brings this one together, no matter how creamy or toasty the wine gets that acidity brings everything back into balance. This is the first 500 bottles of a proposed rotating launch that’ll see a lengthening of the time on less (this one was 22 months) – in total 3000 bottles will be produced.
Rating: ****+
 
Trius
Brut Rosé

($29.95 - Winery Only)
(2016 Tasting) … New Gamay dosage gives this wine a lift of fruitiness amongst the lovely citrus acidity. Raspberry and strawberry tickle the olfactories before they playfully dance across the tongue. This Rosé has always played second fiddle to the Trius Brut, but with the new addition I think it can proudly come out from the shadows and play all by its lonesome … but remember to share, bubbles are always better that way. 
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: ****+
 
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