Tasted: Canada Rocks!

By / Wine + Drinks / January 15th, 2015 / 3

Come mid-January, it is always a struggle to remember why it is we love being Canadians. Unless, of course, you enjoy living somewhere where the air is so cold, it hurts your face. Here are a few reminders of why Canada rocks…oh yes, hockey too!

Kacaba Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Reviewed by: Evan Saviolidis
Editor Rating: Very Good
$19
Niagara, Ontario

Review Summary:
This Cab is still tight and requires another year in bottle before showing its full potential. That being said, mocha, spice, cassis, coffee, plum and herbs are all in the mix. Very good length and firm tannins round everything out. Serve it with grilled rosemary-scented lamb chops.

Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2011

Reviewed by: Tony Aspler
Editor Rating: Excellent
$24
Ontario

Review Summary:
A stunning Riesling from winemaker Marlize Beyers. Pale straw colour with a floral, minerally nose developing petrol notes; medium-bodied, crisp lime and grapefruit flavours with racy acidity.

Rosehall Run Rosehall Vineyard Chardonnay JCR 2011

Reviewed by: Rick VanSickle
Editor Rating: Excellent
$30
Prince Edward County, Ontario

Review Summary:
The nose displays integrated pear, apple and lemon fruit with toasted spices along a vein of minerality. It shows great freshness and verve on the palate with quince and citrus fruit joined harmoniously with the inherent minerality this vineyard consistently delivers. This wine is more about balance than rich, layered fruits, and should bring pleasure for many years to come.

Tantalus Pinot Noir 2010

Reviewed by: Harry Hertscheg
Editor Rating: Very Good
$30
Okanagan, British Columbia

Review Summary:
Fragrant floral, Bing cherry and caramelized spice aromas. Vibrant acidity bolsters lively plum, tangy raspberry and earthy rhubarb flavours. Allspice, cinnamon and quinine linger long on the elegantly tannic finish. Delicious with duck.

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