Tag: Review

Stoneleight Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Stoneleight Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Today’s selection is a table wine from New Zealand’s South Island that I purchased at Iqaluit’s local beer and wine store. I wasn’t terribly taken with it, given the price, but it is still eminently drinkable…

  • Winery: Stoneleigh Vineyards
  • Price: $18.95 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sugar: 3 g/L

This Pinot Noir is light ruby in color and slightly effervescent on decanting. The nose is aromatic but the fruit is indistinct and almost matched by a vegetal, and also somewhat meaty quality. There are some woody notes and an ephemeral hint of spice. The body is medium light and the effect is dry with a high acidity that impacts immediately. The tannins assert themselves only near the end and, though not strong, have a noticeable astringency. Sour red fruit dominates, but this is matched by a strong forest mushroom presence. There is some woodiness, but not a great deal else in the way of highlights. It is not bad, but not especially interesting.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva 2013

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva 2013

This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (actually a blend) is classified as a ‘Gran Reserva’ from the Maipo DO in the Valle Central wine region. The Gran Reserva classification is meant to denote a wine of superior quality, and, for the price, this particular product and vintage certainly merits the distinction. I purchased it at our local beer and wine store and was told, when I placed my order, that it was a very good wine. I am happy to say that the recommendation was more than just sales pitch… Continue reading “Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva 2013”

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz

Rosemount Estate Diamond Label Shiraz 2015

I like Shiraz based wines from Australia generally. This one is drinkable, to be sure but it is a bit blunt as far as complexity goes, and a little too sweet for my taste.

  • Winery: Rosemount Estate
  • Price: $15.85 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sugar: 5.5 g/L
  • Blend: Gamay 90% – Pinot Noir 10%

The color is a dark cherry and the body thick and quite silky. The nose is moderately aromatic and rich with red fruits and berries, notably raspberry and red-currant. There is also a pleasant highlight of straw along with touches of wood. The primary flavor is a mix of dark fruit and red-berries but the highlights are limited  to some woody notes. All in all, the effect is rather flat. This wine is pleasantly drinkable, if a bit sweetish, but not overly complex overall.

Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz 2015

Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz 2015

Today’s selection is a table wine from Australia’s South Eastern wine-making region. I happened to try the 2014 vintage a year or so ago and gave it a three star rating. This vintage is a bit better in my opinion, and, having regard to the very decent price, I awarded it another star…

  • Winery: Lindeman’s Wines
  • Price: $12 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: 8.2 g/L

This Shiraz is a dark cherry color with a slight purplish tint.  It has a somewhat muted yet aromatic nose with dark berries, some floral notes, a slight woodiness and even a very faint spicy hit of liquorice. It is quite full bodied with a creamy texture and is quite dry. Acidity is moderate to high and impacts quickly with robust tannins developing only a moment later. Sour cherry and blackcurrant dominate and the faint floral quality of the nose is much more noticeable. There is a faint earthiness and nice notes of pepper. The finish is decently long but the acidity near the end breaks the more rounded effect earlier on. It is a very decent wine for the price.

Levert Frères Coteaux Bourguignons 2015

Levert Frères Coteaux Bourguignons 2015

The Coteaux Bourguignon AOC in Burgundy produces reds, white and rose wines, and the reds can be Gamay,Pinot Noir, or a blend of the two. This one is a blend, heavy on the Gamay…

  • Winery: Compagnie Vinicole de Bourgogne
  • Price: $13.35 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: 2.1 g/L
  • Blend: Gamay 90% – Pinot Noir 10%

This Gamay-Pinot Noir is a clear, slightly pinkish garnet. The nose is quite muted with a faint candied fruit quality that is accompanied by an earthiness, some aromatic dried flowers, and  a touch of leather. It is medium bodied and quite dry with moderate acidity and tannins that don’t assert themselves at first, but which lend a bit of astringency towards the end. The floral quality is much more obvious in the mouth than the nose and nearly dominates the sour red and black fruit forming the base. There is a woodiness, with a touch of vanilla, and a few peppery notes as well. It is not a great wine, but pretty decent for the money. A little more aging might improve some of the rougher edges, perhaps.

Review: A’Roma Meze – Ottawa

239 Nepean St, Ottawa

A'Roma Meze 1

Date of Visit: April, 2018 – Website

I have to begin by saying, right off the bat, that this place is a little gem of a find. I had it on my list of places to visit on four or five visits to Ottawa and never managed to make it until just recently. I am just sorry, now, that I didn’t get there earlier … Continue reading “Review: A’Roma Meze – Ottawa”

Review: 222 Lyon – Ottawa

222 Lyon St N, Ottawa- Website

222 Lyon 1

Date of Visit: April, 2018

This place was my last restaurant visit on a recent trip to Ottawa. It is a Tapas Bar with a pretty decent selection of different small plates, and though I went at lunchtime, which has a much smaller menu than in the evening, I had some fairly good selections and a pretty decent time…  Continue reading “Review: 222 Lyon – Ottawa”

Domaine du Clos Salomon Montagny Le Clou 2015

Domaine du Clos Salomon Montagny Le Clou 2015

The Chardonnay featured today is a Burgundy from the Cote Côte Chalonnaise sub-region, and, more specifically, the Montagny AOC. Personally, I am much more of a red wine drinker, and when I do go for whites, Chardonnay is not generally my first choice. I like trying new wines of all sorts, though, and this particular one turned out to be decidedly good…

  • Winery: EARL Clos Salomon
  • Price: $27.70 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: < 1.2 g/L

This Chardonnay has a very pale straw color with a slight greenish tint. It has green and golden apples on the nose with faint floral notes, some peach and a touch of honey. It is medium full bodied with a rich, almost buttery texture. The acidity is refreshing and the initial impact is robust with the sharp savor of green apple followed by a more mellow fruitiness. It has some floral tones, and a woody note along with a very faint hint of fennel. The overall effect is well-rounded and very nice indeed.

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2016

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2016

Two summers ago, I tried the 2014 vintage of this particular Pinot Noir and my notes, though brief, were not all that complimentary and I gave it a two star rating. I gave three stars to a 2013 Merlot from the same winery, but again, my notes didn’t sing high praises and I was thus not expecting a great deal here. As it happens, though, this selection turned out very nicely…

  • Winery: Kim Crawford Wines
  • Price: $20.00 at SAQ
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: 2.7 g/L

The color is a medium dark ruby and I noted a tiny bit of effervescence on decanting, although this dispersed quickly. The nose is muted, though very slightly aromatic, and there is a base fruitiness of raspberry and cherry along with a very faint floral scent. The body is medium light and the texture quite smooth. It is off dry and the acidity quite strong with tannins that present intermittently yet are still nicely prominent here and there. The dominant impact is of tangy, almost citrus-y, red-fruit, and this is complemented with a nice woodiness, and a faint touch of pepper. It is a nice refreshing sipping wine.