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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.

The Galleon Odyssey Tasting – September 2018

21 Jan 2019

 

Dandurand is an Ontario agent for wine, Galleon is their “fine wine” division and these were the wines that wowed during their inaugural tasting that showcased 21 different producers from 9 different countries …

Araex Grands (Spain) Galleon Odyssey 1
Gorka Izagirre 2016 G22 Bizkaiko Txakolina DO … (*** ½+)
Rolland & Galarreta 2016 Rueda DO … (*** ½)
Luis Canas 2014 Rioja Crianza DO – magnum … (*** ½+)
Rolland & Galarreta 2016 Ribera del Duero DO … (****) – full review here

El Esteco (Argentina)
2017 Blanc de Blancs … (*** ½)
2017 Old Vines Torrentes … (*** ½+)
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon … (*** ½)
2015 Fincas Notables Malbec … (****+) – full review here

Galleon Odyssey 2 Errazuriz (Chile)
2015 Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve … (*** ½)
2007 La Cumbre Syrah … (****+) – full review here

Fontannafredda (Italy)
2017 La Lepre Dolcetto di Diano D’alba DOC … (*** ½)
2014 Ebbio Langhe Nebbiolo DOC … (*** ½)
2012 Barolo, Vigna La Rosa DOCG … (****) – full review here

Frescobaldi (Italy)
2017 Tenuta Ammiraglia Alie Rosé … (*** ½+)
2016 Castello di Pomino Benefizio Chardonnay … (*** ½+)
2007 Castelgiocondo Lamaione … (*** ½+)
2013 Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino … (****) – full review here

Georges Duboeuf (France)
2015 Domaine du Rosiers Moulin-a-Vent … (*** ½)
2015 Domaine Jean-Ernest Descombes Morgon … (***+)

Jose Maria da Fonseca (Portugal)
2015 “J” Jose de Sousa VR Alentejano … (*** ½+)

Les Cordeliers (France)
Prestige Brut Rosé, Cremant de Bourdeaux … (*** ½)
Prestige Brut, Cremant de Bordeaux … (****) – full review here

M. Chapoutier (France)
2016 Lirac … (*** ½+)
2016 Gigondas … (*** ½+)
2013 Monier de la Sizeranne Hermitage … (*** ½+)

Peter Lehmann (Australia) Galleon Odyssey 3
2016 The Barossan Shiraz … (****) – full review here
2013 Stonewell Shiraz … (****+) – full review here

Castorani (Italy)
2013 Amarone Montepulciano D’Abruzzo … (*** ½+)
2010 Riserva di Montepulciano … (*** ½+)

Galleon Odyssey 4 Poggio al Tesoro (Italy)
2016 Solosole Bolgheri Vermentino … (*** ½)
2013 Mediterra Toscana … (*** ½)
2014 Il Seggio Bolgheri … (****+) – full review here
2014 Sondraia Bolgheri Superiore … (**** ½) – full review here

Chateau Ste. Michelle Wine Estates (Washington / California)
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2013 Canoe Ridge Merlot … (*** ½+)
Columbia Crest 2015 Kiona Vineyards “Heart of the Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon … (*** ½+)
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2015 Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon … (*** ½)

Thunevin (France)
2015 Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bodeaux … (*** ½)
2015 Bad Boy Bordeaux … (*** ½+)
2014 3 de Valandraud, St. Emilion … (*** ½)
2006 Chateau Valandraud, St. Emilion … (*** ½)

Familia Torres (Spain)
2015 Salmos … (****+) – full review here

Trapiche (Argentina)
2014 Medalle Malbec … (*** ½)
2013 Terroir Series “Finca Laborde” Cabernet Sauvignon … (****) – full review here

Trinchero Family Estates (California) Galleon Odyssey 5
2016 Neyers Vineyards Left Bank Red … (*** ½+)
2015 Neyers Vineyards “Neyers Ranch – Conn Valley” Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon … (****+) – full review here

Villa Maria (New Zealand)
2016 Single Vineyard Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc … (*** ½+)
2014 Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir … (****+) – full review here

 

Ontario Wine Reviews: 46 Wines from 17 Wineries

14 Jan 2019

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)

Lake Erie North Shore

Pelee Island Mousseux de Pomme
Pelee Island 2016 Meritage, Vinedressers
Pelee Island 2017 Riesling Late Harvest
Pelee Island 2017 Pink

 

Niagara Escarpment

Angels Gate 2015 GSM
Creekside 2016 Semillon “Naked”
Creekside 2017 Backyard Bubbly
Creekside 2017 Gamay Noir
Creekside 2017 Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon, Iconoclast
KEW Vineyards 2015 Rosalie
KEW Vineyards 2016 Pinot Meunier

Magnotta 2016 Pinot Noir, Venture Series
Magnotta 2017 Dry Rosé, Venture Series
Malivoire 2016 Chardonnay, Forgotten Row
Malivoire 2016 Chardonnay, Small Lot
Redstone 2016 Sparkling Rosé
Rockway 2016 Staterra Red
Tawse 2014 Blanc de Noirs, Laundry Vineyard
Tawse 2015 Chardonnay, South Bay
Tawse 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Growers Blend

 

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Pondview 2016 Riesling
Queenston Mile 2016 Mile Red
Queenston Mile 2017 Mile High
Queenston Mile 2017 Mile White
Queenston Mile 2017 Pinot Noir Rosé
Reif Estates 2015 Meritage
Reif Estates 2016 Shiraz Reserve
Trius 2017 Cabernet Franc


Prince Edward County

Fieldbird 2017 Black Tail
Fieldbird 2017 Buzzing Chatter
Fieldbird 2017 Northern Spy


Other Regions & Virtual Wineries

Fogolar Wines 2015 Chardonnay
Fogolar WInes 2016 Riesling

Meldville 2017 Chardonnay, Third Edition
Meldville 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

Nyarai Cellars 2014 Cadence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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