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The Time and Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 6PM to 9PM
The Event: Lailey Vineyard double header: a tasting of 2007 vintages AND a comparison of syrah aged in oak from three different countries.
The Venue: Faculty Club, University of Toronto
The Target Audience: OWS members and friends, wine press.
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines were available for ordering from the winery.
The Quote/Background: we began with 2008 Vidal, made as a social beverage (slightly off-dry), and 2007 Chardonnay, a creamy wine good for food. All the red wines were tasted blind.
The Wines: I confused the US oak with the French oak (mainly because older, used barrels were employed), but I identified the Canadian oak AND all the other wines (including the mystery wine).
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Impromptu 2007 [syrah, cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, petit verdot], $45
-Lailey Meritage 2007 [cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot], $30
-Lailey Syrah American Oak 2007, not available for sale.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Cabernet Franc 2007, $30
-Lailey Chardonnay 2007, $20
-Lailey Vidal 2008, $14
-Lailey Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $30
-Lailey Syrah French Oak 2007, $25
-Lailey Syrah 2007 [the blend], $25
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Lailey Pinot Noir 2007, $25
-Lailey Syrah Canadian Oak 2007, $35
The Food: basic appetizers of cheese, fruit, veggies, pate, breads.
The Contact Person: www.ontariowinesociety.com
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 89.
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