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

March 2017 - Volume 18
Must Watch
Video Wine Reviews:

Greenlane 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Ontario Wine Review #208)
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Peller 2012 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Ontario Wine Review #209)
2012 Signature
Cabernet Sauvignon
International Wine Videos
Elderton 2013 High Altitude Cabernet Sauvignon (The Wine Review - Ep. 83)
2013 High Altitude
Cabernet Sauvignon
Montgras 2014 Antu Syrah (The Wine Review - Ep. 84)
2014 Antu Syrah
The Side Bar ...
Cellar Tastings and more:
Vintages Release:
February 18, 2017
Newsletter 277:
Read & React -
Report from Italy
Taste it Again:
Hillebrand / Trius
2010 Red Shale Cabernet Franc
Taste it Again:
Inniskillin 2002 Reserve Franc
From the Cellar:
Luis Felipe Edwards 2010 Reserve Roussanne (Chile)
On the Road:
Mark Anthony Tasting (Agent Tasting)
Recent Podcasts
Episode 31:
Talkin' to Louis Moreau
Episode 32:
Talkin' to Len Pennachetti
A Few Words Before We Begin
Hello <<First Name>>,
Pinot Noir, Cabernet-Merlot blends, Sparkling wine, there are some real gems to be found in the e-blast this morning ... and they all answer the question: "What should I drink next?"

Also in this e-blast be sure to check out the latest videos and podcasts - all links available for your watching and listening pleasure.


Michael Pinkus -Grape Guy

The Tasting Bar ...
16 Mile Cellar
2012 Pinot Noir, Rebel

($22.95 - Winery Only)
The simplicity of Pinot Noir is on full display for all to see: earthy and sour cherry lead things off, within there are also notes of cassis that linger in the background … there’s welcome a juiciness mid-palate before finishing with gentle tannins and spice. 
Rating: ****
Chateau des Charmes
2012 Cabernet-Merlot, Old Vines

($21.95 - Winery Only)
There’s an initial quiet leanness right off the hop, but if you let the wine sit and come together in the glass you’ll be rewarded: cedar, cassis, blackberry, coffee, and black tea – there’s also big tannins right out of the bottle so either decant or give it another 2 years before opening it up.
Rating: ****
2013 Les Etoiles

($39.00 - Winery Only)
A 60/40 Chardonnay-Pinot Noir sparkling with 3 years on lees ... here it’s the acidity that really shines, and it should it’s bubbly after all; there’s also a lovely lime-citrus note to carry it along plus pear, apple and grapefruit just to add a little something extra; I’m almost getting tired of saying this but this is yet again another great little bubbly from Hinterland. 
Rating: ****+
Flat Rock Cellars
2014 Pinot Noir

($20.40 - Winery & LCBO)
These “off years” always seem the best for Flat Rock’s entry-level Pinot: clean, fresh and very Pinot in both aroma and palate. You’ll find earthy, cranberry and beet root notes along with white pepper and good acidity on the finish. 
Rating: ****
2013 Cabernet-Merlot

($17.50 - Winery Only)
This ’13 Cabernet-Merlot has some real appeal, first off it’s smooth on the palate – it seems to add the right layer at the right time: black cherry, cassis and mocha all come before a slight bit of spice on the finish. Well made, good structure, and pleasant lingering finish – what more could you want.
Rating: ****
2014 Red

($22.95 - LCBO & Winery)
This iconic Ontario red is Cabernet Franc dominant this year at 55%, then adding Merlot (25%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). It’s also celebrating 25 years – the brand not the wine. It’s a little on the ‘lean’ side, which lends itself to an attractive finish and potential ageing that could give it some elegance in the future. It’s silky smooth with tobacco and black cherry as its jumping off point. Give it a couple of years then re-investigate, you should be pleasantly surprised. 
Rating: ****
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