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Monday, September 1, 2014

The Event: a tasting of the Cuvee 2014 Winemakers selections, August 27/14

The Date and Time: Wednesday, August 27, 2014  1PM to 3PM
The Event: a tasting of the Cuvee 2014 Winemakers selections.
The Venue: LCBO Summerhill Scrivener Square
The Target Audience: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada plus guests.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available through the winery and, in some cases, also through the LCBO.
The Quote/Background: WCO had stopped previewing Cuvee wines for the press, and in the transfer of Cuvee to Brock University, there was an opportunity for the WWCC to taste the wines as they came to market. Next year's tasting is expected to be in March.
The Wines: we tasted some 35 wines. I personally enjoyed the Wild Ferment savvy from Hillebrand and the Benchmark Red from Thirty Bench best of all. The Coyote's Run Meritage was the only red wine with a screw cap; about half of the whites had cork closures. There were no sparkling or ice wines submitted in Cuvee.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bachelder, Niagara 2011    Chardonnay, Wismer Vineyard $44.95   
-Cave Spring Cellars    2010    Riesling CSV Estate Bottled $29.95   
-Hillebrand Estates 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Clean Slate, Wild Ferment $32 (MY FAVE WHITE)
-Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Lincoln Lakeshore $12.95   
-Peller Estates    2013    Sauvignon Blanc, Private Reserve $18.75   
-Southbrook    2011    Winemakers' White "Whimsy"    Chard / Sem / Muscat    $35   
-Strewn    2011    Chardonnay, French Oak $24.95   
-Cornerstone Estate Winery     2010    Cabernet-Merlot $19   
-G. Marquis    2010    Epic - Silver Line    M / CS / CF    $29.95   
-Henry of Pelham Family Estate     2011    Baco Noir Reserve    $24.95   
-Inniskillin    2012    Merlot Reserve Series    $24.95   
-Rennie Estate Winery    2011    Assemblage "G"    M / CS / CF     $55    (16.9% ABV)
-Rockway Vineyards    2011    Small Lot, Block 11-140 Cabernet Franc $24.95   
-Thirty Bench     2010    Benchmark Red, Small Lot Meritage Blend $60 (MY FAVE RED)
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Jackson Triggs Niagara Estate2012 White Meritage, Grand Reserve SB 80/Sem 20 $24.95   
-Nyarai Cellars    2012    Viognier $21.95   
-Peninsula Ridge    2013    Sauvignon Blanc, Wismer Vineyard $19.95   
-Big Head Wines     2012    Pinot Noir    $48   
-Chateau des Charmes    2012    Merlot, St. David's Vineyard $29.95   
-Cooper's Hawk Vineyard    2012    Merlot Reserve $34.95   
-Pillitteri Estates Winery    2010    Exclamation Winemakers's Red Reserve $45   
-The Foreign Affair    2012    The Conspiracy    Meritage Blend    $19.95   
-Stratus    2010    Red     CS/M/PV/CF       
-Coyote's Run Estate Winery    2010    Meritage     $39.95 (the only red with a twist top)
-Hidden Bench Vineyards    2011    Pinot Noir, Beamsville Bench    $32.75   
-Kacaba    2011    Syrah, Terrace Vineyard    $24.95   
-Le Clos Jordanne    2011    Pinot Noir, Village Reserve $30   
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Calamus Estate Winery    2013    Pinot Gris     $16.95   
-Pelee Island Winery    2012    Singing Moon Pinot Blanc    $14.95   
-Reif Estate Winery    2012    Gewurztraminer Reserve    $19.95   
-Ridge Road Estate Winery    2013    Pinot Gris $16.95   
-Thirteenth Street Wine Co.    2011    Essence Arôme    White Blend    $34.95   
-Domaine Queylus    2011    Pinot Noir Reserve $45   
-Magnotta    2010    Limited Edition Cabernet Franc $18.95   
-Malivoire Wine Co.    2011    Courtney Gamay    $24.95   
-Vieni    2011    Aglianico Al Passo    Aglianico    $29.95   
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The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 95.


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