A look at some of the BEST Canadian wines I've tasted recently.
The Grape Guy's Top 3

Canadian Edition

April 2016 - Volume 8
Best Canadian Wines
Recently Tasted

Hello <<First Name>>,
It's time for my Canadian Top 3 ... homegrown wines that are all just top notch.

In this edition you'll find two red blends: one from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, the other from Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, then we go white with a Riesling from the famous Beamsville Bench also in Ontario - take a look at who made the grade this time out:


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Laughing Stock 2013 Portfolio
($54.95 - #071464 @ Vintages April 30)
--- British Columbia ---
This version of the Portfolio is a blend that begins with Merlot (41%), adds 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Cabernet Franc then 8% Malbec and 7% Petit Verdot finishes the blend off … it’s aged 19 months in a mix of new and older French oak, of which 36% is new … but that only tells the tale by the numbers, and for a winery that is based around the numbers that should be it … but it ain’t: nice cassis and vanilla take control of the nose while on the palate there’s plenty of black fruit and ripe tannins with a silky, spicy and long finish.
Rating: ****+
Pondview 2013 Meritage, Bella Terra
($44.95 - Winery Only)
--- Ontario ---
A Cabernet Sauvignon heavy blend (47%) with Cabernet Franc (31%) and, by comparison, a minimum of Merlot 12% … bottled “unfiltered” for added longevity in the cellar, this Meritage is loaded with complexity on both the nose and palate … there’s definitely some grit from the tannins but also dark berries, blueberry skin, raspberry, white pepper and spice thrilling all your senses; on the finish you’ll find the fruit but also a little oak and vanilla / cinnamon.  
Rating: ****+
Vineland Estates
2014 Riesling, Dry

($14.95 – Winery & LCBO)
--- Ontario ---
The first thing you get here – and I mean the very first – is the acidity, and it’s what carries this wine all the way to the finish: lime cordial, delicious apple and peach up-front with a finish loaded with green apple tartness – giving this wine a long cheek-hugging finish. One of Niagara’s best Riesling producers does it again … in spades – you gotta love ‘em tart and this one delivers. 
Rating: ****+
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