On the Road with the Grape Guy

On the Road with the Grape Guy is a on-going feature that follows me from event to event ... I post my thoughts, feelings and reviews of what happened and what I tasted ... basically it is here that I review the events I attend and the things that thrilled me.

Ontario Wine Reviews: 49 Wines from 30 Wineries

30 Mar 2018

Not all reviews make the newsletter, there's just so many good wines and not enough space ... so every three to six months (or so) I clear out the backlog of wines ... here are the reviews that were written but until now have never seen the light of day.  (click on the wine name to link to the full review)

Aure 2011 Chardonnay, Wild Ferment Reserve
Aure 2015 Chardonnay, Unoaked
Broken Stone NV Exuberance
Burnt Ship Bay 2016 Chardonnay
Casa-Dea 2016 NV Dea’s Cuvee
Casa-Dea 2016 Pinot Grigio
Casa-Dea 2016 Riesling Sparkling, “Embrace”
Cattail Creek 2016 Rosé, Serendipity
Cave Spring 2015 Chardonnay
Chateau des Charmes 2016 Aligote
Coffin Ridge 2016 L’Acadie Blanc
Colchester Ridge Estate Winery 2015 Chardonnay
Creekside 2015 Shiraz-Cabernet


De Simone Vineyards 2015 Riesling
De Simone Vineyards 2015 Vidal
De Simone Vineyards 2016 Chardonnay
Dover Vineyard 2013 Chardonnay Reserve, Smoke & Gamble
Henry of Pelham 2015 Chardonnay, Speck Family Reserve
Henry of Pelham 2016 Cabernet-Shiraz, Red House Wine Company
Henry of Pelham 2016 Riesling, Estate
Henry of Pelham 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Fume, Estate
Henry of Pelham 2016 Vidal-Muscat, White House Wine Company
Honsberger 2015 Riesling
Huff Estates 2016 Riesling, Off-Dry


Jackson-Triggs 2015 Chardonnay, Grand Reserve
Kacaba 2015 Meritage
Konzelmann 2015 Chardonnay, Reserve
Konzelmann 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Konzelmann 2016 Chardonnay, Unoaked
Konzelmann 2016 Merlot
London Born 2015 Pinot Blanc Reserve
London Born 2016 Viognier
Meldville 2015 Cabernet Franc, Second Edition
Meldville 2015 Chardonnay, Barrel Select
Peller 2015 Chardonnay, Private Reserve


Redstone 2016 Gewurztraminer
Reif Estate 2015 Chardonnay, Steel
Rosehall Run 2016 Pinot Noir, Hungry Point
Rosehall Run 2016 Rosé, Just One Rose
Rosewood Estates 2014 Chardonnay, Origin
Rosewood Estates 2016 Gamay Rosé
Rosewood Estates 2016 Mead Blanc, Gewurztraminer Pyment  
Sprucewood Shores 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Tawse 2013 Chardonnay, Quarry Road Vineyard
Tawse 2016 Rosé, Growers Blend
Two Sisters 2016 Riesling
Vineland 2016 Chardonnay, Unoaked
Wayne Gretzky 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Series
Westcott 2016 Chardonnay, Lillias

 

 

 

Report from: Vini Ad Arte in Romagna 2018

22 Mar 2018

So Romagna decided to sub-divide their region into 14 sub-regions, this was brought to our attention last year and more so this year as they highlighted those sub-regions on the tasting sheet beside each wine. In my opinion, Romagna is on the cusp of a breakthrough ... but I have said that about a number of regions in the past.  But the reason I see Romagna ready for a break-through is because it has something special going for it, and the willingness and passion to push it over the finish line - they just need to harness it:  they just need the right push, either marketingwise or winemaking wise and this might be the vintage to do it. I also would point out this is the most wines I have scored in one Anteprima and that would suggest that things are getting better on the winemaking side of things.

Having been to the region the past 4 years I have developed certain thoughts on the Sangiovese wines being made there – though a further and more in-depth investigation is required to bring those notions into further focus. Vintage variation is important here and during the tasting you could see the differences, here are a few words about each of the vintages showcased (and from past recollection):

2014 – tough and hard to wrap you head around
2015 – rich fruit and low acidity, it’s a slutty fruit forward vintage
2016 – well rounded fruit and acidity
2017 – nice balance, too early to tell

Bertinoro …

Bissoni 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Girapoggio” … (*** ½)
Braschi Enoica 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Il Costone” … (*** ½)
Celli 2017 Albana Secco DOCG “I Croppi” … (*** ½)
Tenuta La Viola 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Frangipane” … (*** ½)
Madonia Giovanna 2015 Sangiovese DOC Riserva “Ombroso” … (*** ½+)
Madonia Giovanna 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Neblina” … (*** ½)
Tenuta de Stefenelli 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Rondo” … (*** ½)
Tenuta de Stefenelli 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Preludio” … (*** ½+)
Tenuta La Viola 2014 Sangiovese DOC Riserva “P. Honorii” … (*** ½+)


Brisighella …

Ballardini Riccardo 2015 Sangiovese DOC Riserva “Torricello” … (*** ½)
Bulzaga 2015 Albana Secco DOCG “Coronilla” … (***)
Podere La Berta 2016 Albana Secco DOCG … (***+)
Podere La Berta 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Solano” … (***+)
Trere’ 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Amarcord d’un Ross” … (*** ½)
Trere’ 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Sperone” … (*** ½)


Castel San Pietro …

Fratta Minore 2016 Albana Secco DOCG … (***)


Castrocaro …

Ca’ Di Rico 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Pezzolo” … (*** ½)
Corte San Ruffillo 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore … (*** ½)
Villa Bagnolo 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva … (***+)
Villa Bagnolo 2017 Albana Secco DOCG … (*** ½)


Faenza …

Caviro SCA 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Romio” … (*** ½)
Caviro SCA 2017 Albana Secco DOCG “Romio” … (*** ½)
Trere’ 2017 Albana Secco DOCG “Arlus” … (*** ½)


Imola …

Merlotta 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Petali di Viola” … (*** ½+)
Podere delle Rocche 2014 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Signorello” … (*** ½+)
Poderi delle Rocche 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Compadrona” … (*** ½)


Marzeno …

Ca’ Di Sopra 2015 Sangiovese DOC “Cadisopra” … (*** ½)
Fattoria Zerbina 2015 Albana DOCG Passito “Scaccomatto” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Zerbina 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Pietramora” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Zerbina 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Torre di Ceparano” … (*** ½)


Mercato Saraceno …

Braschi Enoica 2015 Albana Secco DOCG “Campo Mamante” … (*** ½)
Tenuta Casali 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Valleripa” … (***)


Oriolo …

Poderi Morini 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Sette Note”  … (***+)
Spinetta 2016 Albana Secco DOCG “Afrodite” … (*** ½)
Tre Monti 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Campo di Mezzo” … (*** ½)
Tre Monti 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Thea” … (***+)
Tre Monti 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Petrignone” … (*** ½)


Predappio …

Noelia Ricci 2017 Romagna Sangiovese DOC “Il Sangiovese” … (*** ½)
Fattoria Nicolucci 2017 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Tre Rocche” … (*** ½+)
Berti Stefano 2016 Romagna Sangiovese DOC “Nono” … (*** ½)
Drei Dona’ La Palazza 2016 Romagna Sangiovese DOC “Notturno” … (*** ½+)
Noelia Ricci 2016 Romagna Sangiovese DOC “Il Sangiovese” … (*** ½+)
Fattoria Nicolucci 2016 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Tre Rocche” … (***+)
Conde 2015 Romagna Sangiovese DOC “Chiara Condello” … (*** ½)
Conde 2015 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Riserva “Le Lucciole” … (*** ½)
Fattoria Nicolucci 2015 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva … (*** ½)
Fattoria Nicolucci 2014 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva … (*** ½)
Berti Stefano 2013 Romagna Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva ... (*** ½)


Rimini …

Enio Ottaviani 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Sole Rosso” … (****+)
Enio Ottaviani 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Caciara” … (*** ½+)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2014 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “Il Mastino” … (*** ½)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “I Diavoli” … (*** ½)
Le Rocche Malatestiane 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “I Diavoli” … (***+)
Podere Dell’Angelo 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Angelico” … (*** ½)
Podere Vecciano 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva “D’Enio” … (****)
San Valentino 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Scabi” … (***)


San Vicinio …

Tenuta Casali 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore”Palazzina” … (***+)


Serra …

La Franzona 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore … (*** ½+)
Stefano Ferruci 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Centurione” … (***+)
Stefano Ferrucci 2015 Albana DOCG Passito :Domus Aurea” … (*** ½)
Tenuta Masselina 2017 Albana Secco DOCG … (***+)
Tenuta Masselina 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore … (*** ½+)

 

Barrel Samples …
Rated on their potential: Good / Better / Best because the wines are unfinished.

GOOD

Ca’ Di Sopra 2017 Albana Secco DOCG
Casadei 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Massarola”
Conde 2015 Sangiovese DOC Riserva “Raggio Brusa”
Conde 2016 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Conde”
Fattoria Montincino Rosso 2015 Sangiovese DOC Superiore Riserva
Fiorentini Vini 2015 Sangiovese DOC “Vigna dei Dottori
Galassi Maria 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Ca’ Storta”
Villa Papiano 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Le Papesse”

BETTER

Ca’ Di Sopra 2016 Sangiovese DOC
Ca’ Di Sopra 2017 Sangiovese DOC Superiore “Crepe”

BEST

Ballardini Riccardo 2017 Albana Secco DOCG
Ballardini Riccardo 2017 Albana Secco DOCG “Leggiadro”

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