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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

March 30/12: BC Wine Tasting wtih Wine Writers' Circle of Canada

 The Date and Time:   Friday, March 30, 2012  10:30PM to 1:30PM
The Event: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada monthly tasting. The theme
this month was BC wines.
The Venue: LCBO Summerhill location
The Target Audience: WWCC members
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available in BC or through
Terroir Wine + Spirits, the agency bringing these BC wines to Ontario.
Minimum order: one case.
The Quote/Background: The company reps about 35 wineries in all, quite
a substantial number.
The Wines: There were 15 wineries here, for a total of some 36 wines
presented.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Meyer Family McLean Creek Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2010, $44.95
-Meyer Family Sonja Gaudet Tribute Series Chardonnay 2010, $44.95
-Meyer Family McLean Creek Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, $59.95
-Moon Curser Winery Dead of Night 2009 (tannat, syrah), $44.95
-Blackwood Lane Viana Roja 2008 (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec),
$47.95
-Cassini Cellars Syrah Collector's Series 2009, $44.95
-Moon Curser Border Vines 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenère,
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot), $44.95
-Cassini Maximus 2009 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec), $47.95
-Mt. Boucherie Summit Reserve Merlot 2008, $29.95
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***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price
Rating terms):
-Meyer Family Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010, $59.95
-Meyer Family Central Okanagan Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, $59.95
-Desert Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $39.95
-St. Hubertus Pinot Noir 2010, $18.95
-ACES Wine even Deuce 2009, $27.95
-Mt. Boucherie Estate Semillon 2008, $17.95
-Mt. Boucherie Pinot Gris 201, $21.95
-LuLu Island Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $19.95
-Church & State Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $43.95
-Eau Vivre Chardonnay 2008, $24.95
-Eau Vivre Pinot Noir 2008, $24.95
-Fort Berens Chardonnay 2010, $32.95
-Fort Berens Meritage 2009, $49.95
-Summerhill Pyramid Cipes Rose Sparkling [organic pinot noir] NV,
$44.95
 
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-ACES Wine Pocket Kings 2007, $39.95
-ACES Wine Straight Flush Blush 2010 [rose], $16.95
-Moon Curser Winery Merlot 2009, $44.95
-Moon Curser Winery Syrah 2009, $44.95
-LuLu Island Winery Meritage 2010, $24.95
-Silkscarf Ensemble Rouge 2008, $46.95
-Silkscarf Ensemble Blanc 2011, $32.95
-Summerhill Pyramid Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, $31.95
-Meyer Family Chardonnay 2010, $44.95
-Meyer Family Gewurztraminer 2010, $44.95
The Contact Person: Jamie Crain  jamie@terroirwineandspirits.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90
 
 

1 comment:

Michael Pinkus - Grape Guy said...

My take on the wines ...

Blackwood Lane ...
2008 Vicuna Roja ($47.95) ... red cherry, hint of dark chocolate, red currant and cassis, red licorice, touch of anise; nice plummy finish (****+)

Cassini Maximus
Cassini Cellars ...
2009 Maximus ($47.95) ... lots of fruit, cherry and strawberry, lovely big fruited good tannin balance with decent acidity, bittersweet chocolate, peppery notes that compliment the complexity of the fruit - lots of chalkiness (**** 1/2)
2009 Collector's Series Syrah ($47.95) ... lovely sweet fruit notes, blackberry, touch of milk chocolate, raspberry jam, cherry and anise notes (****)

Aces Wine ...
2009 Seven Deuce ($27.95) ... juicy, plummy, black cherry, cassis, nice peppery notes (****)
2007 Pocket Kings ($39.95) ... black cherry, smoky vanilla, smoked meat spice, hint of white pepper and touch of chocolate (*** 1/2)

Moon Curser Winery (formerly Twisted Tree) ...
2009 Dead of Night ($44.95) ... Tannat-Syrah blend - chocolate nose, chocolate and licorice on the palate, deep dark black cherry and lovely spice and white pepper on the finish; just a lovely smooth and delicious wine (**** 1/2)
Moon Curser Merlot
2009 Merlot ($44.95) ... this is just lovely and chocolatey, dark fruited with juicy deliciousness and a hint of pepper (**** 1/2)
2009 Border Vines ($44.95) ... alcohol is noticeable, but there is an element of chocolate; big spice but still smooth over the palate; a nice silkiness (*** 1/2+)

Mt. Boucherie ...
2010 Pinot Gris ($21.95) ... grapefruit cocktail, with a hint of sweetness on the palate, the 14% alcohol keeps it from being delicate but it is tasty. (*** 1/2+)
2007 Summit Reserve Merlot ($29.95) ... juiciness of fruit and a bit of chalkiness; interesting wine with some depth (*** 1/2+)

Lulu Island Winery ...
2010 Meritage ($24.95) ... dark cherry, which follows nose to mouth, juicy cherry, though it seems to be almost a one note wonder with that fruit (*** 1/2)

Church & State ...
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($43.95) ... nice mouth feel, big tannins, acidity is okay, almost too woody, needs some time to see if everything will come into balance (*** 1/2)

Eau Vivre ...
2008 Pinot Noir ($24.95) ... juicy, cranberry, cherry, hints of strawberry with nice acidity (*** 1/2+)
2009 Cabernet Franc ($29.95) ... tobacco spice and black cherry, a little tough almost chewy, nice stony component to the finish (*** 1/2+)

Silkscarf ...
2011 Ensemble Blanc ($32.95) ... Gewurztraminer / Pinto Gris / Riesling - sweet floral notes, Gew is all over this. (***)
2008 Ensemble ($46.95) ... juicy and red cherry, simple yet pleasureable (***+)

Fort Berens ...
2009 Meritage ($49.95) ... silky smooth, cherry liqueur, cassis and kirsch (****)
Meyer - Reimer Pinot Noir

Meyer Family ...
2010 Chardonnay - McLean Creek Road Vineyard ($44.95) ... creamy, buttery, vanilla - very Chardonnay. (***)
2010 Chardonnay - Sonja Gaudet Tribute Series ($44.95) ... nicest of the Chardonnay tasted, some creaminess and supple of fruit and flavour; nice creamed vanilla and with a little limeade and meringue (*** 1/2+)
2010 Chardonnay - Okanagan Valley ($44.95) ... almost spritzy, minerally, apple and lemon notes (*** 1/2)
2010 Pinot Noir - McLean Creek Road Vineyard ($59.95) ... floral, sweet cranberry, cherry, nice acidity (****)
2010 Pinot Noir - Reimer Vineyard ($59.95) ... intense cinnamon and vanilla, spice and cherry, lovely acid balance, good dark fruit with elegance, finesse of fruit and a great finish. (****+)

Cheers,
Michael Pinkus
www.ontariowinereview.com