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Friday, July 24, 2009




A: From Artisan Wine Company in BC -- two new releases in Ontario.


-Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Ogopogo's Lair Pinot Grigio 2007 VQA Okanagan: more delicate than it should be, unoaked, 13% ABV, tropicality but also peaches, clear and clean finish. $15.15 via Mark Anthony.


-Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery Fats Johnson Pinot Noir 2007 VQA Okanagan: medium styled all the way, light and lingering strawbs and tartish cherries, light spices, great for summer. +92304, $15.95 General List.


B: From Stonechurch Vineyards, Niagara


Stonechurch Vineyards Quintet 2007 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, $19.95 at winery: smooth, almost ripe tones of hot climate Bordeaux with a cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and merlot blend. Some olives, pepper. 12.8% ABV. Gold Medal at All Canadian Wine Championships.


C: From Stoney Ridge Estate Winery in Vineland


-Stoney Ridge Charlotte's Chardonnay 2008 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, $12.95 at winery: 13% ABV, from the Black Capsule series, named in honour of Jim Warren's wife who didn't want any oak in her chardonnay. All stainless, good minerals, Chablis-like. Cuesta Vineyard, twist top. 555 cases.


-Stoney Ridge Gewurztraminer 2008 VQA Four Mile Creek, $14.95 at

winery. 12.3%. Gold Capsule series. This one is thick in body with mounds of Gewurz flavours, off-dry lingering finish, kind of yummy. Slight petillance, so could settle. Silver Medal in All Canadian Wine competition. 555 cases.


-Stoney Ridge Founder's Pinot Noir 2007 VQA, about $14.95: Vintages has purchased the entire 100 case production, so it will be in limited supply. 11.7% ABV and unfiltered. Expect mounds of flavour in a Euro mode.


-Stoney Ridge Warren Classic Pinot Noir 2006 VQA Niagara, $12.95: 13.4% ABV. Black Capsule series. Barrel aged for 18 months, then blended with 15% Pinot Noir from 2007 to promote that Euro burgundy complexity. Silver Medal in All Canadian Wine competition, 275 cases.


-Stoney Ridge Riesling 2008 VQA, Gold Medal in All Canadian Wine competition, 650 cases. 12% ABV. Dry Alsatian mode, long lingering finish.


-Stoney Ridge Chardonnay Musque 2008 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, 13.1% ABV, 500 cases. $14.95. The trendiest grape in Ontario right now, a muscat-like clone of Chardonnay which promotes those peachey and tropical aromas.


D: From Karl Kovacs Agencies,


-Puklus Tokaji Szamorodni Dry 2002, +48058, $13.95 for 500mL (June 20, 2009 Vintages) replaces the previously available 1997 vintage, which was a popular brand. This is a sherry-like wine, made from a late harvest blend of ripe and botrytisized aszu berries (Furmint grapes). Residual sugar is a low 2 g/l, but the flavours are intense. Expect dried apricots, figs, rancio sherry tones (there is a flor sometimes because the barrels are not generally topped up). Not fortified, best with cheeses or just sipped. A gold medalist at the 2005 Hungarian Wine Competition.


E: From Familia Zuccardi, Argentina:


-Fuzion Shiraz/Malbec 2008, +83188, $7.45, 13.5% ABV, twist top, probably needs no introduction. It is off-dry (sugar code = 1) with many black fruit tones, medium palate, and a longer finish than expected. A bit more edgy than the first vintage released in Ontario.


-Fuzion Chenin/Chardonnay 2008, +119800, $7.45, 13% ABV, twist top, just introduced in time for summer. It probably has juice from younger chardonnay vines which could ameliorate the chenin blanc sweetness which is often flabby. It is off-dry (sugar code = 1), showing off some floral-flower complexity on the nose, and some apple-citrus tones on the mid-palate. A real crowd pleaser, better, in my mind, than the red.


-Fuzion Syrah Rose 2008, $7.45 – part of the seasonal rose program, and probably sold out. No sample for review, but sugar code = 1 and alcohol levels are at 13% ABV, and twist top. A question: why is the red listed with shiraz grapes while the rose is listed as syrah grapes? What's the difference here?



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