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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.

Loving Those Dinners with Dave

15 Aug 2018

Tenshan(December 21, 2016) ... My friend Dave pulled out bottles for our annual festive dinner ... And I always appreciate what he pulls out, finishing with his patented Dav-itage (a mixed glass of wines opened that night). It was here that I also learned about the game Cards Against Humanity

Tenshan 2015 White - California ... It's Roussanne, Viognier, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc blend that brings pineapple, apple, vanilla, melon rind, rich, lanolin, vanilla, star fruit, and candied papaya to the table - Judd's Hillreally neat and a great starter.

Judd's Hill 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel - California ... This plastic cork weilding zin is 15.5% alcohol and would run you about $43 USD ... its pretty standard fare: sweet cherry, plum, vanilla, subtle spice but far from exciting - there is a burnt cherry mid palate and it is a touch over extracted; and with time in glass it just seems to go all sweet fruit-ish on the finish ... By the end of our tasting we both thought it unbalance. That $43 feels like a rip off and way too expensive for a lackluster zin under plastic cork, so I certainly wouldn't age it either.

PrecedentPrecedent 2014 Zinfandel, Evangelho Vineyard - California ... On the other hand, this Precedent is simply too gorgeous for words: fruit forward with sweet red cherry and raspberry, it's supple, smooth and silky showing notes of vanilla, cinnamon and black raspberry on the finish ... And there is 14.5% alcohol which is not apparent so look out - but man it was hard not to have a third glass.

VengeVenge Vineyards 2013 Scout's Honor - California ... Sticking with the Zin theme Dave pulled out this Zinfandel (71%) with Petit Sirah (15%), Charbono (10%) and good old regular Syrah (4%) ... Another beauty: chocolate, black cherry and spice lead things off ... with layer upon layer of enjoyment to follow. Vanilla, plum, sweetness without being over the top and too extracted. This is what the Judd was hoping to be but never made it.

MithiasMithas 1997 Amarone Della Valpolicella (Corte Sant'Alda) - Italy ... Needed time, but once it got what it needed (air) it developed a spiced-raspberry-prune note with a soft leathery suppleness and smoothness.


#GoGamayGo from BC and Ontario

10 Aug 2018

My love for Gamay seems to know no bounds, and although it is a French grape from the Beaujolais region and Canadian winemakers have started to really embrace it and show it some love; and in turn wine-lovers of Canada are showing their love right back.

Gamay Article LinkI recently posted my Quench article on the topic of Canadian Gamays (#GoGamayGo) and decided to now post the full extent of my reviews and the scores that I gave them at the time … and as a bonus I am posting some extra reviews, wines I have tasted over the past few months on my own and at the All Canadian Wine Championships … if there is a Canadian grape we can all learn to love and get behind it is most assuredly Gamay … #GoGamayGo

British Columbia Gamay …

Bella Wines NV Gamay, Cavada Vineyard Sparkling*** ½+
Deep Roots 2016 Gamay****
The Hatch 2016 Gamay****
Pipe ‘Dreams 2015 Gamay*** ½+
Rust Wine Co. 2017 Gamay*** ½+
Volcanic Hills 2016 Gamay Noir 2016****+

Ontario Gamay …

13th Street 2016 Gamay*** ½+
13th Street 2014 Gamay Noir, Sandstone Vineyard****
Back 10 Cellars 2017 Gamay, Everything at Stake****+
Cave Spring 2016 Gamay****
Chateau des Charmes 2016 Gamay Noir Droit*** ½+
Featherstone 2016 Gamay Noir****
Henry of Pelham 2016 Gamay Estate****+
Malivoire 2016 Gamay, Courtney Vineyard****+
Malivoire 2016 Gamay, Small Lot****+
Stratus 2015 Gamay****+
Trius 2016 Gamay Noir*** ½+

Bonus Gamay …

These are Gamays I have tried over the past few months, including those I tasted during my time judging at the All Canadian Wine Championships

Alton Farms 2015 Gamay (Ontario) … ****
Deep Roots 2017 Gamay (British Columbia) … ****
Desert Hills 2017 Gamay (British Columbia) … ****+
Desert Hills 2016 Gamay, Family Reserve (British Columbia) … ****+
DiProfio 2016 Gamay Noir, Mia Cora Vineyard (Ontario) … *** ½
Henry of Pelham 2015 Gamay Estate (Ontario) … ****+
Hillside Winery 2015 Gamay Noir (British Columbia) … ****+
Leaning Post 2016 Gamay (Ontario) … ****
Leaning Post 2016 Gamay, The Natural (Ontario) … ***+
Malivoire 2017 Gamay, Small Lot (Ontario) … ****
Tawse 2015 Gamay, Redfoot Vineyard (Ontario) … *** ½



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