A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 867: Lakeview Cellars Wines

Lakeview Cellars winemaker Scott McGregor

Lakeview Wine Co. Sparkling Brut 2017 (Niagara Peninsula, $45)
Bright straw, active mousse of small bubbles. Toasty, apple nose with a light floral note; medium-bodied, crisply dry, lemony-apple flavour; fresh and lively on the palate. (89)

Fresh Wines Sparkling Rosé (Ontario, $17.95)
Charmat process. Riesling & Gamay. Pale pink; a nose of yellow cherries; light-bodied, just off-dry, watermelon flavor. Well-balanced. (88.5)

Lakeview Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (Niagara Peninsula, $22)
Palest straw in colour; grassy, lanolin and gooseberry nose; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, grapefruit and gooseberry flavours with a light floral note. Finishes crisply. (90) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 866: An Assortment

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Cave de Hoen Mausberg Brut Blanc Crémant d’Alsace ($18.95, CSPC #416578)
Bright, pale straw in colour; minerally, crabapple nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted apple flavour; fresh and lively on the palate. Good value. (90)

White House Wine Co. Riesling Pinot Grigio ($14.45, Niagara Peninsula, $14.95; CSPC #219022)
Made by Henry of Pelham. Light straw in colour; minerally, lemon and grapefruit on the nose; light-bodied, dry, lightly floral, apple and lemon flavours. Well-made. (89)

Red House Wine Co. Baco Cabernet Sauvignon (Ontario, $14.45 [$12.45 until January 29], CSPC #279521)
Deep purple colour; spicy, vanilla, blackberry bouquet with a smoky, charred note; medium-bodied, just off-dry, juicy, blackberry and black plum flavour with fresh, balancing acidity. Easy drinking. (88) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 865: Kacaba & Township 7

Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2019 (Niagara Escarpment, $33.15)
Deep ruby in colour with a purple hue; cedary, toasty, spicy, tobacco nose of plum and blueberry; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, red plum and cherry flavours carried on fresh acidity. Nicely balanced, with firm but pliant tannins. (88.5)

Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet/Syrah 2020 (Niagara Peninsula, $24.95)
Deep purple-ruby colour; spicy, Christmas cake bouquet with a sweet vanilla oak note; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced currant and red fruit flavours, firmly structured with well-integrated oak. Lovely mouth-feel. (90) Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 864: Happy 2023!

Saw in the New Year with this excellent traditional method sparkler from Luxembourg: Bernard-Massard Cuvée de T’écusson Brut. A blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Riesling. Bready nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted apple and pear flavours. (90)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 863: An Eclectic Bunch of Canadian Wines

Ruff Pinot Noir 2019 (St. David’s Bench, Niagara)
Made by Andre Proulx at Rockway Vineyards. Light ruby in colour with a tawny hue; raspberry and tea leaf nose with a light fragrance of violets. Medium-bodied, sinewy, red plum and cranberry flavours with a fresh finish. (88) Continue reading

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