Canadian wines have really come into their own in the past decade. This week’s release has some great wines featured that make them easy to access. Just in time for the Canada Day holiday weekend! Keep reading -there are some international outstanding values that deserve mention as well!
Canadian Wines Featured
Vieni Momenti (Niagara) 435784 $13.95
This is a steal at $13.95. Made in Prosecco style, according to Vintage panel it is ‘a wine with impressive floral, stone fruit and lemon citrus tones on the nose and palate. Crisp and fresh with a touch of mineral.
(See my tasting notes for Vieni Momenti and other Vieni wines here.)
Hidden Bench Locust Lane Rosé (Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment)
068833 Score 91 $21.95
John Szabo of winealign.com describes this pure pinot noir a ‘crystallin, bone dry, sophisticated wine, very classy and complex blended from the estate’s three vineyards. There’s genuine density and concentration, fruit of low yielding vines, saliva-inducing acids and an appealing saltiness, not to mention excellent length.’ He goes onto suggest this is one of Canada’s top pinks.
Bachelder Niagara Chardonnay (Niagara)
302083 Score 90 $24.95
John Szabo of winealign.com describes ‘Oatmeal, honey brioche and white chocolate notes derive from long lees contact characterize the palate, while the length is very good to excellent. Fleshy, satisfying, even slightly salty, in the best way; fully ready to enjoy.’
Featherstone Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2015 (Niagara)
14 2 Score 4/12 out of 5 stars $21.95
André Proulx of andrewinereview.ca describes ‘vanilla, citrus and golden delicious apple. The balance to this wine is outstanding with nice weight on the palate and a creamy texture that is met with nice acidity…butterscotch and baking spice…apple and orange… finish lingers leaving a bit of that funk from the nose and some spice…one of the best priced hidden gems from the province, ignoring the fact that this is an indigenous ferment made using Canadian oak barrels simply put – this is a kickass Chardonnay.
Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer 2013 (Niagara)
302059 Score 91 $17.95
David Lawrason of winealign.com says this may be the best Gewurz Ontario has yet produced. ‘..fragrant and flamboyant nose packed with exotic lychee, orange marmalade, honey mustard and ginger. It’s medium weight, fleshy, warm and dense on the palate, with perfume on the finish. Medium dry, well balanced with a very good to excellent length.’
Cuddy by Tawse Cabernet/Merlot 2013 (Niagara)
469031 4/5 stars $25.95
André Proulx describes ‘the nose is heavy with lots of vanilla and cocoa notes layered over raspberries and blackberries. The flavours are smooth and drink very easy. The flavours of raspberry, blackberry, currant are definitely in the backseat with vanilla and smoke driving this wine. The finish soft and velvet with nice cocoa lingering on the palate.’
Other high rated wines in this release:
There are a few wines that deserve mention because of their high rating and value equation.
Joseph Cattin Brut Crémant D’Alsace (France) 281329 Score 90 $17.95
Sumarroca Brut Reserva Cava 2013 (Spain) 482661 Score 91 $14.95
Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (New Zealand) 441394 Score 90 $18.95
Pierre Sparr Réserve Pinot Gris 2015 (France) $18.95
Domaine de la Renne Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (France) $14.94
Saint-Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah/Grenach 2014 (France) Score 90 $15.95
Tedeschi Capitel Nicalo 2015 (Italy) 984997 $17.95
Baron de Ley Gran Reserva 2010 (Rioja, Spain) 642496 Score 91 $29.95
Chateau des Roques Vacqueyras 2012 (France) Score 90 $23.95 Drink from 2018.