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Friday, September 9, 2011

Some new wines in Ontario

1. SKN Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Napa Valley, +218834, $16.96 General
List: currently, this is the only red Napa Valley wine on the General
List. It is being promoted as such. SKN stands for "Screw Kappa Napa",
a sort-of West Coast fraternity (Greek letters would have been a nice
logo). The wine comes from Don Sebastiani & Sons. Expect a mid-weight
wine (low oaking levels), with 13.5% ABV but expressive of typical Napa
flavour MVC components – tobacco leaf, cedar, dark berry fruits, mocha,
cloves from the oak. It is ready to drink now (the 2007 is about four
years old).
2. THE GOOD WINE RIESLING 2010 VQA Niagara, $20 at winery small lot production (155 cases), 9% ABV,
twist top, sugar code of 2, something along the lines of an MVC Moselle
profile. Expect juicy orchard fruit after tropical fruit aromatics,
best for service on patios or at parties with appetizers.
3. [yellowtail] Bubbles NV, +50625 Vintages, $13.95: a lazy day of lazy
citric bubbles, wafting upwards – several days after opening. The re-
launch of Bubbles now has a new closure that allows for resealing for
freshness for up to five days. It works. But it is hard to believe that
people actually want to reseal any sparkling wine beyond a few hours.
There's 11.5% ABV, and the taste goes up against the Prosecco market.
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