A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 698: New Notes


Sunset at Niagara-on-the-Lake

Latest tasting notes.

Cipes Blanc de Blanc 2012 (Okanagan Valley – 100% Chardonnay: $46): pale straw colour; active mousse; minerally nose of apples and brioche; light-bodied, dry on the palate with a suggestion of toast and honey and apple and a light note of white blossoms. Long, lemony finish. (91)

Mouton Cadet Blanc 2016 (Bordeaux – $15.20; LCBO #2527): light straw colour; earthy, minerally, citrus nose with forest floor notes; medium-bodied dry, with lemon, cut grass and grapefruit flavours. (88)

Summerhill Organic Riesling 2017 (Okanagan Valley – $25.29): very pale straw in colour with a lime tint; minerally, grapefruit and apple nose, developing petrol notes; medium-bodied, off-dry, honeyed grapefruit and peach flavours; well-balanced with floral grace note. (88.5)

CedarCreek Gewurztraminer 2017 (Okanagan Valley – $18.99): very pale straw in colour; aromatic, lightly floral, peach with a note of ginger on the nose; medium-bodied, off-dry, sweet grapefruit flavour with a peachy-lychee flavour. (88.5)

Summerhill Alive Organic Wine 2017 (Okanagan Valley – $21.28; a blend of Kerner, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer “with a pinch of Chardonnay and Riesling”): pale straw colour; spicy, aromatic nose of apple and forest floor; medium-bodied, dry, sweet and sour flavours with a bruised apple finish. (87)

Summerhill Alive Organic Wine 2017 (Okanagan Valley – rosé of Pinot Noir): light salmon pink in colour; earthy, strawberry nose; medium-bodied, just off dry, strawberry jam flavour with balancing acidity. (87.5)

Summerhill Organic Syrah Malbec Rosé 2017 (Okanagan Valley – $26.45): pale ruby in colour; minerally, strawberry nose; medium-bodied, just off-dry with strawberry and rhubarb flavour. A well-made rosé. (89)

Summerhill Alive Organic Wine 2016 (Okanagan Valley – $26.44; a blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc): deep ruby colour; cedary, spicy, plum and blackberry bouquet with vanilla oak notes; medium-bodied, dry and savoury, blackberry flavours with a touch of sweetness. (89)

Château des Charmes Cabernet-Merlot 2016 (Niagara-on-the-Lake – $15.95; LCBO #556951): deep purple-ruby in colour; cedary, currant blueberry bouquet; medium-bodied, richly extracted, plum flavour with grainy but ripe tannins. Good value. (88)

Saturday, June 16th: Deborah and I attended the 30th anniversary celebration of Konzelmann Estate Winery. MC Joe Pillitteri was hilarious.


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