An unusual blend for Ontario — 2% Chardonnay and 8% Sauvignon Blanc. Pale straw in colour with a green tint, it has a leafy, green plum and apple nose. On the palate it’s crisply dry with green apple, green plum and grapefruit rind flavours; it’s well balanced and lingering on the palate. A well-made wine.
At this time of the year it’s port season. This innovative style is lighter than a Late Bottled Vintage but there’s no sacrificing intensity of flavour. A nose of blackcurrants, smoke and tar gives way to more elegant flavours of raspberry and plum on the palate.
Polished medium-gold. Nose of ripe apples with pears and spice. Full-bodied with high acidity. A clean, pure Pinot Blanc, tasting of apples with overtones of banana and honey. Drink now.
Clear, deep garnet with a pinkish rim. Fairly robust nose of raspberry, blackberry and blueberry, also sweet almond and a definite tinge of maple syrup. Medium-bodied, with simple, juicy red-berry flavours. Tannins still noticeable, but this is drinking best now.
Very dark. Complex nose of cooked red and black fruits, kirsch, tapenade and notes of vanillin. More than full-bodied, it is dense and generous in the mouth; its chewy texture coats the palate with satisfaction. Great future.
Floral and red-berried aromas pop from this rose-coloured blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir. Flavours of sweet strawberry, raspberry and candy apple splash the juicy palate. Serve well chilled with spicy barbecued fare.
Equal blend of four Rhone varietals: Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Clairette and (my favorite grape name) Bourboulenc. Medium-deep gold. Medium-intensity nose of cantaloupe, pineapple and lime. Light bodied. A bone-dry food wine despite the sweetness of the aromas. Tastes of apple, pear and grapefruit with grapefruit pith bitterness on the long finish. Powerful flavors do well with full-flavoured foods. Pricey but worth it as a treat. Drink now.