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Red
5/5/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
94 points
Consistently phenomenal. Same progression as previous - On opening, lots of dark earthiness and strong tannin. As it sits for a while, it gives way to wonderful, bright fruitiness and vibrancy. If you wait long enough, these elements come together to create what I think is the perfect new-world pinot experience. If a wine can be a steal at $80, this is it.
Red
2/18/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
Quite good for $20 CAD. Fruity, full and earthy, there is a lot going on here. On opening, it had a bit of sour funk to it, but this may go away with some air. I look forward to revisiting this tomorrow.
Red
2005 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
2/14/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
I echo all of the positive statements below. Classic Bordeaux style, but with a little more fruit. Great nose, great palate (licorice, dark fruit, lush mouthfeel) and a decent finish. Excellent value wine. Recommend!
Red
2/10/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
96 points
So absolutely, unbelievably good. The nose is intensely earthy and fruity. The palate is lush, full and loooooooong. It tastes like a fresh, juicy plum, but isn't overly fruit-centred. The thing I love about wine is how there are so many different incarnations of "excellent". Bordeaux, Burgundy, Shiraz, new world, old world... Each one has it's own elements of "excellent". This wine is the epitome of Chateauneuf.
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Red
1/31/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
I had forgotten how much I paid for this. Fairly standard nose for a French syrah, but the palate is quite interesting. Lots of licorice/aniseed flavours. Tastes very much like I imagine the landscape looks. I like it more and more as it opens up. Perhaps a little pricey at $32 CAD, but interesting and enjoyable.
Red
1/28/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
78 points
Not good. Sour. Tastes like bad cough syrup. Not your typical Syrah, in any case. Fruit-centred, rather than strong and earthy. A gift from my dear wife. I don't have the heart to tell her...
Red
1/24/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
85 points
Not actively bad. It doesn't have any of those "crappy wine" elements (vegetal/overoaked, etc), but it doesn't have too many good wine elements, either. Nose? Fine - Some earth, dark fruit. Palate - Same. Finish - decent (~10 sec). I don't know what it cost, but it was probably too much for what it is.
Red
2007 Hauts de Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
92 points
Holy crap is this ever a good deal at $36 CAD. Drank over three days, and the wine was interesting and different on each day. At first, earthy, tannic elements dominated. It clearly needed to open up, but still exhibited excellent structure and backbone. As it evolved, much more fruit appeared created a balanced, full experience that was ethereal. The '05 is twice as expensive but nowhere near twice as good. Recommended, if you can find any!
White
1/14/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Quite a bit of caramel and creme brulee on both the nose and palate. Very interesting and enjoyable wine. I wouldn't call it a great deal at $33, but it's not overpriced, either. Excellent if you like a creamier, butterier chardonnay. I do.
Red
1/14/2012 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
Pop and pour. On first opening, this had a very funky, grape juice flavour - not appealing. As it took in some air, it developed some wonderful flavours and aromas. Cherries, plums and violets on the nose. Lots of depth and breadth on the palate. Paired very well with duck breast. Excellent, and a steal at $25.
Red
12/28/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
86 points
Almost a complete absence of aromas on the nose. Sorely disappointing in this regard. Nice enough on the palate - not sour or disjointed. Not too tannic. Unfortunately, it's much too easy to talk about the things this wine is not. There isn't really much positive to say about it except "It's not bad".
White
12/25/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
Nose is good, but not overly expressive - some grassiness, minerality. Palate - honey, melon, mild butter and nuttiness. Excellent, but not quite the "buttery, nutty chardonnay" that the vintages lady promised. Still outstanding.
Red
12/25/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
92 points
Nose of cherries, raspberries and plums. Also very fruity on the palate. Not a lot of earthiness. Long finish. Excellent, but expensive.
Red
12/23/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
Much milder than other vintages I've had. I drank it yesterday, so I don't really remember what the nose was like. The palate had very strong preserved cherry/plum/prune elements. It wasn't overly acidic and didn't have a lot of earthiness at the outset, but some earth started to peek through after an hour or so. Drinking quite gently for a 2009. This will surely change as it ages. It was excellent and will no doubt continue to be so, regardless of any changes it might undergo.
Red
12/17/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Very typical new world Cabernet Sauv, but an excellent one. Lots of dark fruit, richness and finish. Great on its own or with food. A steal at under $20.
Red
12/11/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
No rating, as I was in a noisy kitchen with a good deal of cooking aroma happening. The wine seemed excellent, showing a nice nose and lush, dark palate. Probably still too young, but that is the type of "refined" quality I'm apt to miss in this type of environment. At this stage, it seems like a great wine at a very good price.
Red
2006 d'Arenberg The Sticks and Stones McLaren Vale Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo (view label images)
12/10/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
I drank this over the course of a week. It was as good on day 7 as on day 1. Decent nose, but excellent palate - Cherries, black licorice, earthiness. Really quite excellent, and great value at under $30 CAD. Recommend.
Red
12/3/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
94 points
Super good. Needed time to breath a bit, as it was a little tight on opening. Ended up having a decent nose, fantastic palate and long finish. Lots of black licorice, dark fruits, earth and a bit of vanilla. Grips the inside of the mouth quite strongly, indicating that it is still a very young wine. Reeeeeally expensive ($120 CAD), but excellent. Hard to say that any wine is worth that much, but this didn't disappoint.
Red
11/26/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
Very nice. Lots of fruit up front with a decent finish. A little tartness and sourness on the back end take this down a notch. Having said that, these elements would help it pair really well with certain foods (beef stew comes to mind). Excellent value for $20 CAD. Recommend!
Red
2007 Stratus Red Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/20/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
92 points
Damn good. The nose is good (pretty straight ahead, but good), but the palate is really, really good. Lush fruits, balanced oak and a long finish. Are there wines of equal quality for less? Yes. However, the fact that it is from Ontario (where I live) and uses sustainable practices make it attractive to me. Not cheap, but very high quality and perpetually enjoyable.
Red
11/6/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
84 points
I saw this rated a 90 in the store. This must be an off bottle. It's fine. Not offensive, but nothing here that really sets it apart from about 1000 other wines. For under $20CAD you can't really complain, but I've been on a bad streak lately. It's been a while since I had something that made me say "Wow!". This doesn't.
Red
11/4/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
83 points
Yucky. Thin, sour and devoid of any fruit. I'm starting to think that I really don't like Italian wine...
Red
10/31/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
85 points
Had a weird, sour smell and taste on opening, lasting a few minutes. After it went away, what was left was a little acidic, a little thin in spots. Not too bad - Good fruit, good tannins/weight/finish. Borderline 85.
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
10/23/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
85 points
Dull. Fine, but totally unexciting. No real nose, thin on the palate. Pleasant enough fruits and tannins, but way too little to justify the price.
Red
2006 Château Garderose Lalande de Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/11/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
Great nose, good balance of oak/cedar and fruit on the palate. Nice!
Red
2005 Château Castegens Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
88 points
Excellent, but not outstanding. Quite a smoky/peaty note on the nose. Lots of up front fruit and earth. Fresh and tasty, but won't last more than a few years. Drink now.
Red
2006 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/4/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Well, this was interesting. I forgot I had some left in the bottle and it sat there for 3 days (it had already been open for 3). Wow, what a difference. The nose and palate are much more interesting now. I suppose this attests to its youth. I shouldn't be surprised, as the drinking window doesn't even start for another couple of years. I'm still not sure it's worth $85, but at least it now presents as an excellent wine. HOLD!!!
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Red
2006 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
85 points
Not any better on day three. Perhaps the worst QPR wine I've ever had. Don't get me wrong - it was not bad or offensive, just ordinary. FOR $85! I've had more exciting wine for under $20. A classic example of paying for name and region. Not recommended.
Red
2006 Château Calon-Ségur St. Estèphe Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
10/1/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
87 points
Unimpressive as a "big name" St. Estephe. Decent enough. Nose of wet dirt, black fruits, but quite muted. The palate is better, but mostly on the finish. The attack and mid-palate are a little thin. Perhaps this will be better after two days in the bottle?
Red
9/16/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
94 points
So good. Dark, fruity, earthy nose. Wonderful fruit, oak and "cabernet dirt" on the palate. The only flaw I can find is that it is clearly young. The tannins are a little strong, but this is to be expected with a 5 year old wine of this quality. It will last, but only if you can prevent yourself from drinking it.
Red
2006 Château Piron Montagne-St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
9/10/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Another great example of excellent value from lesser-known Bordeaux appellations. Nose - A mix of oak/cedar and blueberries. Palate - A little earth, some fruit, not much oak. Fairly well-balanced. Medium finish. The nose alone warrants an "outstanding" rating, and the palate is pretty good, too. For $17, this is a steal.
Red
9/8/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
I wouldn't classify this as "outstanding", so no rating of 90. It is very good. The initial attack is a little weird - almost prickly. Great nose of macerated fruit (?) Cherries and other red berries on the palate. Very good, but expensive at $60 Canadian. Towards the more feminine side of pinot, with a little kick.
Red
9/2/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
93 points
This has progressed the same way it did last time. On first opening, it was quite earthy and strong, but did not have a lot of fruit. Today the body seems a bit weaker, but there is a great deal of fruit on the nose and palate. If previous experience holds, tomorrow it will be ethereal. I suppose this means that it needs time, but I enjoy the whole process so much that I will have a difficult time keeping my hands off of the other bottles that I have!
White
8/29/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
flawed
Ditto for this one. Damn!
White
8/29/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
flawed
Failed cork. It must have dried out as wine was virtually leaking from the top of the bottle when I removed the foil. Spoiled.
Red
8/28/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Spicy, bold and in-your-face. Very good. Paired really well with a spicy spaghetti squash casserole. Excellent QPR.
Red
8/27/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
87 points
Decanted for 4 hours. The nose was mute on first pour, but opened up a great deal while decanting. Aromas of oak and earth. I had hoped that decant would open up the flavours, too. This didn't quite happen. Good flavours - dark fruits, earth, mushrooms, but not nearly intense enough for me. Almost watery. I paid $27 CAD for it, and this feels like a little too much. This is better than a $12 "off the shelf", but not as good as I had hoped.
Red
8/23/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
84 points
Good. Not great. Not complex. Won't get any better. Good. Worth about $10. Luckily, I paid 0.
Red
8/19/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
88 points
Good, but not spectacular. No formal notes - we drank it last night.
Red
8/8/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Dark colour. Nose of wet earth, berries and oak. Plums and cherries on the palate. This isn't new, different or "important", but it's really, really good. $34 CAD borders on quite a bit to pay for a bottle. This delivers on the price. Recommend.
Red
8/1/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
Lots of fruit, but rather one-dimensional as far as palate goes. It's good. Nice nose, decent finish. Questionable buy at $30 CAD, but with Pinot you're always going to pay a bit more, no? This is right in between the "ethereal fruit" and "dirty barnyard" elements of this varietal. Very good.
Red
7/28/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
85 points
Simple but good. Plums and cherries on the palate. Not too much oak. Not complex. Enough flavour to be interesting. (84-85)
Red
7/21/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Having been open for three days, I thought this would be totally past drinking. It wasn't. It was excellent. The best description I can come up with is liquefied Nibs candy. Medium-bodied and full of red fruits. Perhaps lacking in complexity, but this is one of the better values I have had. Recommend! (89-90)
Red - Fortified
7/20/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Just as good as the Taylor Fladgate 10 year old and $10 cheaper. In fact, this is comparable to the Fladgate 20 year old, which rings in at a stunning $70CAD. This is great port at a great price. Quite a strong nose of raisins and prunes. Excellent chewy, sweet and balanced flavours on the palate. Highly recommended.
Rosé
7/18/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
78 points
I'm starting to think that whenever a producer charges less than $20 for their wine, it's like they're saying "I'm sorry, this is crap". This is crap. It's sour and tart. There is little fruit to speak of and it's nowhere near "medium dry", as the label at the LCBO said. It was only tolerable when we mixed it with homemade lemonade. Please avoid.
Red
7/16/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
87 points
I wouldn't call this "excellent", but it's really good. Excellent value and pairs well with any strong flavour. Tonight it complemented slow BBQ'd pork ribs. Fresh aromas and flavours of red berries and licorice. None of it's qualities are exceptional, but it more than meets expectations across the board. Recommend.
Red
7/13/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
91 points
Decanted for two hours. Colour - Starting to show some brick at the very edges. Nose - Absolutely amazing! From the moment we first sipped to the dregs of the bottle, it smelled like a field of blueberry flowers. I know that such flowers don't exist, but if they did, this is what they would smell like. I desperately wanted it to taste like it smelled. It didn't. Palate - Good attack, hollow mid-palate and a good finish. Tasted like good wine, but not what one expects from a first-growth Bordeaux. Lots of tannin - still quite young. Exhibited some fruit, but mostly earthy, mushroom-y tannin. Some asparagus?

My first "first-growth" experience. Undoubtedly a great wine, but as always, it's tough to justify the cost. Thanks to my friend Kevin for sharing.
White
7/12/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
90 points
Popped and poured. Not cold enough at first. Colour - Gold. Looked like a Spatlese or Auslese Riesling. Nose - Muted at first. Some petrol, honey and grass. Palate - Honey, melon. Prickly, almost as if sparkling. Disappointing at first. Better when we chilled it a bit. For the price, this is a huge letdown. $160CAD is an extraordinary amount to pay for a bottle of wine, and implies an absolutely ethereal experience. This was great, but not extraordinary. It had quite a streak of acid, so would probably have complemented food quite well.
Red
7/9/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
89 points
Distinct nose of caramel. On the palate, it tasted like blueberries dipped in caramel. Very interesting and quite enjoyable. Perhaps lacking a bit of body on the mid-palate. Recommend.
Red
2007 Hauts de Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
6/26/2011 - KevinMc wrote:
92 points
Drank it a couple of days ago, so this might be a little vague. Another case of having a bottle open for a couple of days before it really comes together. By the third day, it was spectacular. Classic Bordeaux, with plenty of body and fruit. An absolute steal at $36 CAD.
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