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April 2016 - Volume 7
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A Few Words Before We Begin
Hello <<First Name>>,
Time to look at some of the best wines I've tasted over the last month from Ontario.  This month Creekside, Peninsula Ridge and EastDell were on top of my top Cuvee list, while wines from Norman Hardie, Hillebrand and Adamo also make the grade - take a look.


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Creekside 2012 Syrah, Broken Press
($42.95 - Winery Only)
Once again the Broken Press is a beauty worthy of sipping on as well as pairing – this should be by the glass at In the Smoke, Creekside’s back deck bistro overseen by Chef Nathan and his outstanding array of smoked meats. Aged 24 months in 30% new French and doling out what Syrah should: meaty, smoky, brooding dark fruit, tart cassis, smoked meat, robust tannins – there’s fruit lingering in the background ready to pounce in a few years (so lie this one down 2-3 years for best results) … there’s even a hint of mocha on the finish, just to make you say “wow”.
Rating: **** 1/2
EastDell 2014 Viognier, Black Label
($17.95 - Winery Only)
First vintage off this 4-acre single vineyard planting … it’s no wonder it got this special treatment: the fruit here is awesome and alluring: aromas are pineapple, peach, apple and floral – flavours keep that tropical feel with some mineral and green apple inter-mingling between that juicy fresh finish … only 280 cases produced so you’ll wanna get your hands on some for summer.
Rating: ****
Peninsula Ridge 2012 Merlot,
Vintner’s Private Reserve

($29.95 - Winery Only)
The 2010 vintage of this wine was a real beauty, so I’m not surprised the next hot vintage version follows the same path. Made from all estate fruit aged 18 months in a mix of French and American  oak (20% new) … specially selected barrels are then chosen and 200 cases are finally produced. A yummy mocha entry with blackberry, wood smoke, raspberry, cassis and good tannin bite on the finish.
Rating: ****
Hillebrand 2013 Pinot Noir,
Clark Farm – Showcase

($35.00 - Winery Only)
Although Pinot Noir has been in the Hillebrand portfolio for many years they just aren’t known for the grape: this year’s version is the “launch pad” to the new improved Pinot program at Hillebrand (according to winemaker Craig McDonald) – wild fermented, fewer barrels, all French, 30% new and 11 months of ageing with a serious focus on the grape. Nose is black cherry, cranberry and floral; palate shows a delicacy and finesse that has not been there before: feminine, floral, earthy, cranberry, black cherry with a raspberry-cranberry finish dosed with white pepper … if this is the new beginning they’re off to a great start.
Rating: ****+
Adamo 2013 Chardonnay Oaked
($29.95 - Winery Only)
Adamo is a northern Ontario winery property owned by the folks at Hockley Valley; they have 16 acres of Vidal, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling planted up there – and partake of the services of Jonas Newman, winemaker and owner at Hinterland (he does sparkling wine so he’s got plenty of time on his hands). This Chardonnay is part of their Grower’s Series, meaning not from their home farm fruit. Two barrels (1 new / 1 old) were combined to provide a nice balance of fruit to oak and sweet vanilla to spice notes: … peach, apple cobbler along and some spiced-vanilla on the palate, this is one Chardonnay you’ll certainly enjoy.
Rating: ****
Norman Hardie 2012 Chardonnay, Cuvee L
($60.00 - Winery Only)
Norm’s ode to his sister really shows its feminine side … a 70/30 blend of Niagara/Prince Edward grown fruit Chardonnays from this hot vintage shows plenty of apple and spice with a nice creaminess mid-palate while the finish sweeps in with balancing acidity – it’s young so it has a muscular middle, but with a finish that really shows off those floral-feminine hints.
Rating: ****+
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