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The "& More" Wines (France / British Columbia)

15 Dec 2015

(August 26, 2015) ... After a tasting of 7 older Ontario Pinots we turned our attention to some other wines - and Pinot played a role in the first non-Ontario bottle opened: Faiveley 2010 Mercurey ... To be honest, and I know this is a bit of a pun but I am literally crazy 'bout a Mercurey, one of my favourite regions within Burgundy, so my bias shows through here: I simply loved this wine: fresh, fruity and lively, a true joy and pleasure to drink, vibrant like it was just made yesterday and that's saying something for a 5 year old bottle to taste that way ... I think the others enjoyed it as well, but I enjoyed it way too much to care (sorry).

My next bottle was one my guest had brought me years ago, I thought now might be a good time to share it:  Painted Rock 2007 Syrah from British Columbia ... a little funky but fun to drink with leathery, smoky and cassis notes.  

We ended the evening off by once again heading to France, this time we traveled south into the Rhone Valley:  Olivier Ravoire 2011 Cairianne with its concentrated dark fruit, silky smoothness with great acidity and tannin for balance - another fabulous bottle.

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