LCBO "Taste Ontario"

AGO, Toronto

Tasted September 22, 2010 by Jhcwine with 713 views

Introduction

Tasting of 2007 to 2009 Ontario merlot, cabernet franc, meritage, pinot and chardonney wines. Did not taste reislings.

Flight 1 (33 notes)

White
2008 Colio Estate Vineyards Chardonnay Musqué Canada, Ontario, Lake Erie North Shore VQA
70 points
Tasted at LCBO Taste Ontario. This is plonk.
Red
2007 Colio Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir CEV Canada, Ontario, Ontario VQA
80 points
Tasted at LCBO - Taste Ontario event. Nose - passable - 85. Palette - 80 at best.
Red
2007 Creekside Estate Winery Laura's Red Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
80 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - passable - 85. Palette - 80.
White
2007 Henry of Pelham Chardonnay Barrel Fermented Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Escarpment VQA
75 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. Nose and Palette - plebian wine.
White
2009 Flat Rock Cellars Chardonnay Unplugged Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
75 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - below 80. Palette - below 80. Plebian wine.
Red
2007 Henry of Pelham Pinot Noir Speck Family Reserve Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Short Hills Bench VQA
85 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. Better than some other Ontario pinots, but that is not saying much. Nose - abit rustic - 85. Palette - also rustic - 85.
White
2008 Le Clos Jordanne Chardonnay Talon Ridge Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Vinemount Ridge VQA
80 points
Catchy name, but this was Jordon Wines. Nose - abit plebian, but getting there - 85. Palette - doesn't live up to nose - 80.
Red
2008 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Le Clos Jordanne Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
87 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. Nose - nice - 90. Palette - does not live up to nose - better than other Ontario pinots but the quality is just not there. Palette - 85. Also poor QPR at $40. I'll get better value with a Beaune Village or Cote de Nuit Village wine.
Red
2008 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Le Grand Clos Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench VQA
87 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. Nose - nice - 90. Palette - does not live up to nose. Harsh. Off tastes. Aging will help somewhat, but will not deal with the off tastes. And I can buy an very good Beaune or Cote de Nuits Premiere Cru for the $70 Cdn that Jordanne is asking. Adding Clos to your name doesn't create the terroir or clonal diversity necessary for fine pinot. Sorry, Jordan(anne). The wine tastes contrived, forced, as if the winemarker is trying force depth and complexity that is just not there. This being said, Clos Jordanne is headed in the right direction. I tasted a 2007 pinot (the bottle that won an Ontario wine award). It was getting there, but was quite thin.
Red
2007 John Howard Cellars of Distinction Pinot Noir Megalomaniac Sonofabitch Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
70 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. "Niagara" was right. This is plonk.
Red
2007 Tawse Meritage Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
89 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario'' event. The only decent red wine there. Nose - fairly soft. Merlot is clearly evident; also abit of glue, definite cherry, redcurrent. Palette - similar to nose. Score 89 on both nose and palette. Keep on working at this, Tawse. Your getting close.
White
2008 Tawse Chardonnay Sketches of Niagara Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
88 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario" event. Nose - closer to a chablis, given mineral notes. 89. Palette - better than the other Ontario wines tasted there, but still abit plebian. Say 87.
White
2007 Thirty Bench Chardonnay Small Lot Thirty Bench Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Beamsville Bench VQA
80 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - Not bad - 87. Palette - 79.
Red
2008 Thirty Bench Red Thirty Bench Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Beamsville Bench VQA
81 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - not bad - 87. Palette - a let down - 80
White
2007 Cattail Creek Family Estate Winery Chardonnay Musqué Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
70 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Plonk.
Red
2007 Cattail Creek Family Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
70 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Not sure whether this was / is the estate bottled or generic. I'm guessing that it is estate bottled. Nose - nothing there. Palette - plonk. Don't see how anyone would give this a 90, relative to the quality of other new or old world wines. Plonk is plonk, even it is produced in our home province.
White
2008 Château des Charmes Chardonnay Musqué Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
85 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - gerwitzraminer, which doesn't belong in a chardonnay. Plebian nose. Maybe 85, at best. Palette - closer to a reisling. But this is a chardonnay. So, 85. Still, ths was better than other chardonney musque at the event.
White
2008 Coyote's Run Estate Winery Chardonnay Black Paw Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Four Mile Creek VQA
80 points
Tasted at LCBO "Taste Ontario' event. Nose - 85. Palette - 79.
Red
2008 Coyote's Run Estate Winery Pinot Noir Black Paw Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Four Mile Creek VQA
85 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose - 87. Palette - 83. Abit harsh.
Red
2007 Coyote's Run Estate Winery Meritage Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Four Mile Creek VQA
79 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose and palette - 79. Harsh.
White
2008 Lailey Vineyard Chardonnay Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara River VQA
80 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose and palette - 80
Red
2008 Lailey Vineyard Pinot Noir Canadian Oak Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
86 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose - 87 - abit astringent. Palette - 85. Better than many other Ontario pinots, but still not comparable to Beune or Cote De Nuits Village wine or Oregon or New Zealand. Keep trying.
Red
2008 Lailey Vineyard Pinot Noir Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara River VQA
86 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose - 87 - not alot there. Palette - some off tastes, - 85. Better than many other Ontario pinots, but still not comparable to Beune or Cote De Nuits Village wine or Oregon or New Zealand. Keep trying.
Red
2008 Mike Weir Estate Winery Pinot Noir Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
70 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose - passable at best. Palette - plonk.
Red
2008 Mike Weir Estate Winery Cabernet-Merlot Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
70 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Pure plonk.
White
2007 Ravine Vineyard Chardonnay Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
70 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Pure plonk.
Red
2008 Ravine Vineyard Merlot Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
83 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. - Its difficult to ruin a Merlot, so this wine is passable (barely). But there is nothing to this wine.
Red
2008 Ravine Vineyard Merlot Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
86 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose - abit overpowering. 85. Palette - not bad - 87.
White - Sweet/Dessert
2008 Southbrook Winery Chardonnay Whimsy Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula
70 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Whimsically aweful.
Red
2007 Southbrook Winery Cabernet Franc Whimsy Watson Vineyard Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
70 points
Not sure this is from the Watson vineyard. However, the price is similar. Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Whimsically aweful. There is no way that this wine is an 89 or 90, relative to other much better California Meritage or Bordeaux wines.
Red
2007 Southbrook Winery Cabernet-Merlot Poetica Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA
79 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. There is just no way that this wine is a 91, relative to other much better California Meritage or Bordeaux wines. I just drank a Chateaux Pontet-Canet 2001 that CT members rated at 91, that is vastly superior to this. There is quality and there is plonk. This is pure plonk.
White
2008 Norman Hardie Chardonnay Unfiltered Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
79 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose and palette - plonk.
Red
2008 Norman Hardie Pinot Noir Unfiltered Canada, Ontario, Niagara Peninsula, Niagara Peninsula VQA
79 points
Tasted at the LCBO "Taste of Ontario" event. Nose and palette - plonk.

Closing

Disappointing wines, with the exception of Tawse Meritage (score 89) and Lailey Pinot Noir (score 86). Clos Jordanne is over rated and over priced. Everything else is plonk or low to mid 80s' (with few of those). Some GrapeStory members have succumbed to the hype and are over rating Ontario wines, relative to vastly superior old world and established new world wines (Bordeaux, Burgundy, California, etc.). Fine wine is fine wine and plonk is plonk. So ... Ontario has a ways to go yet, with afew exceptions. This being said, some wineries were not there, and many that were there, were not showing their best wines (such as reserve wines with limited availability, etc.). Also note that I did not taste reislings (not one of my preferred grapes), and I understand that Ontario is doing better with this grape. Cheers. JHColman

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