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Red
2019 Alta-Yarí Gran Corte Valle de Uco Malbec Blend, Malbec (view label images)
1/27/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear deep purple with big staining legs; clean medium plus nose of cassis, barnyard, leather and garrigue; dry; high acidity; medium plus grippy tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of sour cherries and cocoa; long finish; drink now or in a few years; great value wine - punches above its price point
Red
2018 Jonata Winery Todos Ballard Canyon Syrah Blend, Syrah (view label images)
1/27/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear deep ruby; clean medium plus nose of barnyard, cassis and garrigue; dry; high acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; drink now or in a few years; blinded as a meh southern Rhone GSM; a little disappointing - not as intense or complex as the 2016 - or perhaps an off bottle?
Red
1/22/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium plus nose of soil, red cherries and savoury herbs; dry; high acidity; medium minus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; drink now or in 5 years; still fairly simple out of the bottle; wished for more development
Red
2018 Burrowing Owl Athene Okanagan Valley VQA Red Blend (view label images)
1/21/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear medium ruby/purple; clean medium plus nose of blackberry jam, soil, barnyard and savoury herbs; dry; medium plus acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; drink now or in 5 years; fresh, well made wine - wished for more intensity and complexity - a little simple; would benefit from further development
Red
2016 K Vintners King Coal Washington Cabernet-Shiraz Blend, Red Blend (view label images)
1/21/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Clear medium ruby/garnet; clean medium plus nose of tomato leaf, savoury herbs, balsamic, cassis and fresh blackberries; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa and wood smoke; long finish; drink now or in 5 years; beautifully balanced wine that Devon found soft and feminine - even after she saw the bottle art
White
1/13/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear pale lemon; clean medium nose of wax, yellow beans and fresh lemon; dry; high acidity; noticeable phenolic bitterness; high alcohol; full body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of pith and orange blossom; long finish; drink now or in 10 years; aging gracefully - still has a lot of years left; hoped for more tertiary at this point; beautifully crafted wine - definitely better with sushi than on its own
Red
1/17/2023 - Brent25 wrote:
87 points
Clear pale/medium ruby; clean medium nose of plum jam, red cherries and cigar box; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of slight tar; medium plus finish; drink now; pretty basic and serviceable - not very interesting but what do you expect for the price point?; Velvet Devil is more approachable for the price
Red
1/14/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Clear deep black cherry; clean medium plus nose of cassis, blueberry, balsamic, vanilla, black licorice and baking spices; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; full body; medium plus/pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; drink now or in 10 years; big powerful wine that avoids being a fruit bomb through the presence of beautiful tertiary notes
Red
2008 Château Tronquoy-Lalande St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/14/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear medium/deep ruby/garnet; clean medium nose of dust, fall cracked leaves, graphite, dried plum and green pepper; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of soil; medium plus finish; drink now or in a few years; great LCBO release - especially for the price point!; fun to be able to drink aged Bordeaux without a massive markup or time in the cellar; not as intense or complex as an aged higher price point Bordeaux but still very enjoyable
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White
1/13/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear pale yellow; clean medium plus nose of vasoline, pink lady apples, honey and pith; sweet; high acidity; low alcohol; full body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate follows nose; long finish; drink now; sweet but well balanced; respectable and punches above its price point; great with sushi
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Red
1/8/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium nose of confected red cherries, baking spices and garrigue; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of black licorice and cocoa; long finish; drink now; disappointing given the price point - wished for less confected notes; big jammy wine
Red
1/8/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear pale brick; clean medium nose of red cherries, soil and barnyard; dry; high acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; drink now or in 5 years; focused beautiful Ontario Pinot
Red
1/7/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear deep purple with big staining legs; clean rich medium plus nose of stewed cassis, black licorice, vanilla, cocoa, baking spices and dried figs; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; full body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate has fruit payoff of concentrated cocoa, raisins and dried figs; long finish; drink now or within 5 years; developing nicely and already throwing a fair amount of sediment - not sure it’s built for much more; slightly less RS than the regular bottling but fruit payoff still perceptible; better value with O’Shaughnessy, Altagracia, Anderson’s Conn Valley, etc.
Red
1/7/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear deep plum; clean medium plus nose of vanilla, sweet barnyard, plum/blackberry jam and cedar; dry; high acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa and coffee; medium plus to long finish; drink now or in a few years; surprisingly good wine with a slight confected note; crowd pleasing
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Red
1/2/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear pale ruby/brick; clean medium plus nose of red cherry jam, wood, leather, dirty soil and mushroom; dry; medium plus acidity; medium minus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cabbage; medium plus finish; drink now or in a few years; better than the first bottle that we had with some nice tertiary developing
Red
1/2/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear pale ruby; clean medium plus nose of pine, dried red cherries, barnyard and smoke; dry; medium plus acidity; medium minus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter and slightly tangy with distinctive smoke and soil notes; medium plus finish; drink now; quirky wine - fresh and dirty at the same time
Red
1/1/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear medium ruby/garnet; clean medium plus nose of barnyard, ripe red cherries, soil, pine and savoury herbs; dry; medium plus acidity; low tannins; high alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; wait a few more years for more tertiary to develop; better than first bottle but still disappointing - given the price point, hoping it continues to improve
Red - Fortified
1/1/2023 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
96 points
Clear pale caramel brown; clean pronounced nose of caramel, figs, milk chocolate and walnuts; semi-sweet; high acidity; low tannins; high alcohol; full body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate follow nose with addition of coffee, orange peel and molasses; long+ finish; drink now or in 20 years; beautiful complexity and balance - perhaps a touch hot
Red - Fortified
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear deep purple; clean medium plus nose of alcohol, stewed blackberries/plums and baking spices; sweet; medium plus acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; full body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate follows nose; long finish; drink now or in 10 years; disappointed with how the alcohol dominated the nose and palate - tough to pick up much else; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
Red
1998 Henry of Pelham Cabernet-Merlot Niagara Peninsula VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear deep purple; clean medium plus nose of green pepper, plum and black pepper; dry; medium plus acidity; medium tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; plate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; drink now - not sure it will evolve any further; surprise of the evening - was expecting something undrinkable but it was actually a respectable green pepper bomb; from magnum; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
Red
2013 Stratus Gamay Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA (view label images)
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium plus nose of dirt, charred meat and red berries; dry; medium plus acidty; low tannins; medium alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; drink now or in a few years - not sure it will develop much more; some development but remains very crunchy and fresh; poured from magnum; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
White
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear medium gold; clean medium plus nose of kitchen lemon, almonds and brioche; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter and follows nose; medium plus finish; drink now - starting to turn; great example of aged Ontario Chardonnay; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
White
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear medium gold; clean medium plus nose of wax, vasoline and pear; dry; medium plus acidity; medium alcohol; full body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of fuji apple; medium plus finish; drink now - starting to break down; great example of aged Ontario Riesling but we’ve had better results with a 10 year CSV drinking window; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
White - Sweet/Dessert
2017 Château Suduiraut Lions de Suduiraut Sauternes Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
87 points
Clear deep gold; clean medium plus nose of candied apricots and honey; sweet; medium plus acidity; medium alcohol; full body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate follows nose with addition of caramel; medium plus finish; drink now; lovely and unctuous but without the precision, tension and complexity that one finds in a good Sauternes; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
White - Sparkling
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear light gold with fine bubbles; clean medium plus nose of crisp lemon and lime; dry; high acidity; medium alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of slight biscuit; medium plus finish; drink now; a serviceable champagne - low on complexity so likely crowd-pleasing; part of Treadwell’s NYE tasting menu
Rosé - Sparkling
12/31/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
88 points
Clear pale salmon; clean medium nose of strawberries and citrus; dry; high acidity; medium alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of biscuit and gummy bear; medium plus finish; drink now; fun, easy sparkler to start the night; crisp with a hint of RS that makes it very good friendly; great way to commemorate Elif’s 50th birthday :)
Red
12/28/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear medium black cherry; clean medium nose of plum jam, cassis, leather and savoury herbs; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of black licorice and cocoa; long finish; drink now or in 5 years; really stunning wine - great value compared to other Eisele bottlings
Red
12/28/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear deep black cherry; clean medium plus nose of blackberry jam, cocoa, figs and black licorice; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium body; medium flavour intensity; palate is tarter; long finish; drink now or in a few years; aging very nicely but intensity of palate is a little weaker than we remembered; blinded as IGT
Red
12/27/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
97 points
Clear pale tawny brown; clean medium plus nose of sweaty leather, burnt caramel, balsamic+ and wet loamy soil; dry; medium plus acidity; low tannins; medium alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of baked apple/raspberry crumble, smoked meat and dried flowers; long finish; drink now; elegant - still so precise with fascinating tertiary notes; paired perfectly with rosemary lamb shank; popped and poured - started to fade after about an hour
Red
12/27/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium plus nose of jammy red cherries, blackberries, leather and savoury herbs; dry; high acidity; medium minus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of dried fruit; long finish; drink now or wait a few years; fruit forward nose gives way to juicy but serious palate; better in a few years when the tertiary develops?
White
12/26/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
87 points
Clear watery yellow; clean medium plus nose of herbaceousness, ammonia and cheese; dry; high acidity; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of ripe peach; medium plus finish with confected aftertaste; drink now; not as good as our first few bottles - still a young wine but past it’s prime?
Red
12/26/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear pale garnet; clean medium plus nose of soil, dried red cherries and leather; dry; high acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter and follows nose; long finish; drink now or in a few years; beautiful wine
White
12/25/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear medium gold; clean medium nose of fresh kitchen lemon and minerality; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter and almost tangy with addition of caramel; long finish; drink now or in a few years; very elegant and precise Chardonnay which became slightly more lush with time in the glass
White
12/25/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear medium hazy gold; clean medium plus nose of lemon curd, vanilla and caramel; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter and a little muddy; long finish; drink now - seems to be on the down slope with palate a little out of balance
Red
12/17/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
89 points
Clear deep ruby; clean medium plus nose of gingerbread, molasses, black licorice, cigar box and cassis; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of green pepper; medium plus finish; drink now or in a few years; a little disappointing - blinded as Ontario Cabernet Franc due to the thinness and greenness; better than our first bottle which was a little cooked
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Red
12/17/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Clear deep ruby; clean medium plus nose of blackberry, strawberry, graphite, baking spices, vanilla and cigar box; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of black licorice and cocoa; long long finish; drink now or in 5 years; wow - still a baby but showing so well right now out of the bottle; started to mellow after about an hour; a vintage for early drinking?
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Red
12/11/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Clear pale/medium ruby/garnet; clean medium nose of leather, slight balsamic, blackberry jam, fruit cake and cigar box; dry; high acidity; high tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of tar, black licorice and cocoa; very long finish; drink now or in a few years; still going strong and benefited from a short decant; fantastic concentration and intensity
Red
12/11/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear pale ruby/garnet; clean medium plus nose of strawberry jam, leather and fresh figs; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter; long finish; very precise and elegant wine; needs a few more years to develop
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Red
12/10/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium plus nose of musty shed, sour yeast, green pepper, black pepper and fresh blackberries; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of leather and cocoa; medium plus finish; drink now or in 5 years; typical Pearl yeast blew off after about 30 minutes in the glass; very precise and well made wine; however, green pepper is not my favourite flavour profile
White
12/4/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear very pale lemon; clean medium plus nose of grapefruit, citrus blossom, pith and dried lemon: dry; medium plus acidity; medium alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter; long finish; lovely fuller bodied white
White
2013 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc Pessac-Léognan Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
93 points
Clear pale lemon; clean medium plus nose of cheese, kitchen lemon and herbaceousness; dry; high acidity; medium alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate follows nose with addition of caramel; long finish; drink now or in 10 years; beautiful white Bordeaux; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
Red
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
91 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium nose of cassis and green pepper; dry; medium plus acidity; high tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of dark cocoa; medium plus finish; big and bold with opportunity for tannins to integrate; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
Red
2010 Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium nose of green pepper, musty/dusty library and strawberry/ raspberry compote: dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; plate is tarter with addition of cocoa; medium plus finish; big and muscular with lots of opportunity to develop; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
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Red
2006 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Clear deep ruby; clean medium minus nose of cassis and graphite; dry; high acidity; high tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; muscular wine with enough tannins and structure to develop for decades; drink now if you like power or wait if you don’t; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
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Red
1996 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Clear medium garnet; clean medium plus nose of balsamic, musty/dusty library and blackberry jam; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter and follows nose; long finish; drink now or in a decade; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
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Red
1999 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
96 points
Clear medium ruby/garnet; clean medium plus nose of balsamic, cigar box, leather and cassis; dry; medium plus acidity; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of fall leaves and wood; long finish; still going strong with beautiful tertiary notes; best wine of the night; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
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Red
2009 Château Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
95 points
Clear deep ruby garnet; clean medium nose of cassis, dusty, fall cracked leaves and vanilla; dry; high acidity; high tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; wow - still a little closed and young; incredible intensity on the palate - this has decades left to develop; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
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Red
2011 Château Quintus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
92 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium nose of musty/dusty library and cassis; dry; medium plus acidty; medium plus tannins; high alcohol; medium plus body; medium plus flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of licorice, cocoa and raspberry; medium plus finish; drinking much better than the 2015 with many years left to develop; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
Red
2015 Château Quintus St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/30/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
90 points
Clear medium ruby; clean medium nose of cassis, blackberry and leather; dry; high acidity; medium tannins; high alcohol; medium body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa; long finish; drink in 3 years; decent but a little hot and one dimensional - maybe it will come around?; tasted at Haut Brion LCBO dinner
Red
12/3/2022 - Brent25 Likes this wine:
94 points
Clear pale/medium garnet; clean medium nose of dusty work shed, dried figs, slight iodine, charred meat and horse saddle; dry; high acidity; medium plus tannins; medium plus alcohol; medium body; pronounced flavour intensity; palate is tarter with addition of cocoa, black licorice, tar and coffee; long finish; drink now or in 5 years but seems close to peak now; beautiful wine!; notes are for straight out of the bottle; the wine was noticeably subdued after about 30 minutes in the glass; we like our Brunellos with a little edge so we’ll be popping and pouring our next bottle
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