Wine of the Week for December 5, 2019

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Cyan de Matarromera Prestigio 2006 (Toro, Spain)
($24.95, Vintages #11133)
Deep purple in colour; cedary, spicy, black fruits, vanilla and tobacco nose with a smoky note; full-bodied, dry, rich and full on the palate with savoury plum, dark chocolate and licorice flavours, ending on grainy but ripe tannins. Beautifully balanced wine. (91)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 748: Rosewood

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Rosewood

Tasted wines from Rosewood Estates Winery and Meadery in Beamsville: Continue reading

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Wines of the Week for November 27, 2019

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Ego Bodegas El Goru 2018 (Jumilla, Spain – $13.95, Vintages #443945)
A true bargain! A blend of Monastrell, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Deep ruby in colour; spicy, toasty, lightly smoky nose of baked plums; medium to full-bodied, dry. Spicy and savoury black fruit flavours with lively acidity. (91)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 747: Martin’s Lane and Other Wines

Martin’s Lane is Anthony Von Mandl’s homage to his late father, a spectacular winery that specializes in Riesling and Pinot Noir. Winemaker Shane Munn produces some of Canada’s finest wines here. Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 746: On Seven

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Vittorio De Stefano with his first On Seven Chardonnay

On Seven is Niagara’s newest winery, located on Line 3 in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The name speaks to the acreage that Vittorio De Stefano and his wife Sula purchased in 2009.

With consulting winemaker Peter Gamble, the couple replanted the vineyard (clay-loam soil with calcareous sediment) to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The goal was to produce “classic” (read Burgundian) wines. It took 8 years of hard work in the organically-farmed vineyard to achieve the first On Seven vintage – the 2017 Pursuit Chardonnay (107 cases of twelve bottles, priced at $45 a bottle, vinified at Southbrook Winery).

The plan, De Stefano explained, is to have three tiers of Chardonnay – “Dedication,” the entry level wine, “Pursuit” and the flagship wine, called “Devotion.”

The inaugural vintage of Chardonnay is most impressive. If I had tasted it blind I would have thought it was a Chassagne-Montrachet. Continue reading

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