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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 831: Light Tasting Week but Serious Wines

CVNE Imperial Reserva 2016 (Rioja, $39.95, Vintages #424390) Dense purple in colour; spicy, coconut, strawberry nose with a cedary, lead pencil note; medium-bodied, dry, strawberry and plum flavours with lively acidity and well-integrated oak. (90)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 830: Dealcoholized Wine, Burrowing Owl and Other Delights

As a wine writer, I had never really taken dealcoholized wine seriously. It was rather like driving a Ferrari and never getting out of first gear. But, putting prejudice aside, I decided to accept some samples that were kindly offered … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 829: A Light Tasting Week but Great Quality

Inniskillin Montague Vineyard Chardonnay 2019 (Four Mile Creek, Niagara; $25.95, Vintages #238642) Bright, golden straw in color; lightly toasty nose of apple with a floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced, apple and lemon flavours with a suggestion of oak … Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 828: Flat Rock’s Tasty Rieslings and a Brace of Malivoires

Malivoire Stouck Merlot 2018 (Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara; $39.95) Dense purple in colour; cedary, vanilla, black plum and blackberry nose with oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced, with blackberry, plum and black cherry flavours, finishing on ripe tannins. (91)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 827: New World Wines with a Nod to the Old

Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot 2020 (Short Hills Bench; $15.95 [$13.95 until January 30], CSPC #504241) Opaque purple in colour; cedary, spicy, floral nose of plums with a toasty note; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, savoury plum and currant flavour. (88)

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