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.

A Quick Look at The Medoc

12 Nov 2021

Medoc Map(November 2020) ... A little late getting to this one as I was not sure exactly what to do with it. It was a tasting held over Zoom with quite a few bottles of Medoc wines - today I release Medoc by the numbers and the reviews of the wines.

By the numbers ...

Makes up 15% of Bordeaux vineyards
16,200 hectares of vine land
1500 Chateaux and brands
20% of those are less than 30 hectares
249 Cru Bourgeois designated estates (new)

Medoc includes some of the most well-known appellations in Bordeaux including: Medoc, Haut Medoc, Listrac, Moulis, Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, and Saint-Estephe

The Wines ...

Chateau Moulin de la Rose 2014 Saint-Julien
This is a highly drinkable Bordeaux with aromas of herbal, cranberry, floral and eucalyptus all leading to a complex palate that starts with herbal, clove, cedar and white pepper, then sweeps in subtle tannins and lots of red-ish fruit. Delicate and very drink-now-able.  (*** ½+)

Chateau Mauvesin Barton 2015 Moulis-en-Medoc
Very woodsy nose and with fruit that sits on the dark spectrum side: black cherry and mocha with tannins that bite back and it packs a good acid punch - the finish dolls out quite a bit of earthy and woodsy notes too.  (*** ½)

Dauphin de Grand Puy Ducasse 2015 Pauillac
This is the second wine of Grand Puy Ducasse ... And for a second wine it delivers at a first quality level: aromas of smoked-blueberry, smoked meat, red currants and violets ... The palate also delivers the goods: dark fruit and meaty notes with smoky-black cherry, leather, tobacco, cassis, and mocha plus a smoky cigar box finish. Layered and lovely.  (****)

Chateau Deyram Valentin 2015 Margaux
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot - aromas of leather smoke and cedar; but here it's the palate that shines with a silky-ness that included mocha, black cherry, black cranberry, blackberry, cassis, cigar box and leather; cedar sneaks in on the finish with notes of earth and good acid backbone.  (****+)

Chateau Fontis 2010 Medoc - Cru Bourgeois
A 50/50 blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that's smoky and cedary - but the alcohol comes across quite hot at 14% and you can definitely feel it; very cedary with forest floor and coffee, but it’s the high mocha content that seems to rescue this wine from mediocrity.  (*** ½)

Chateau Ducluzeau 2016 Listrac-Medoc
Equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with 10% Petit Verdot (you do the math) - nice juicy entry with dark fruit: cassis, black and red currants, plus cocoa, all with a smoky - cedary backing. This has really good stuffing and delicate spice on the finish.  (****)

Chateau de Serilhan 2016 Saint-Estephe - Cru Bourgeois
This one hits all those notes for red wine fans: lots of dark fruit and dark chocolate with patches of herbal and spice, plus a licorice note that helps tie it all together.  (****)

Ontario Wine Reviews: 58 Wines from 25 Wineries - Fall 2021

10 Nov 2021

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. 

This time there are 58 wines reviewed from 25 wineries

(click on the wine name to link to the full review)


Niagara Escarpment

16 Mile 2016 Pinot Noir, Rebel
Cornerstone Estate 2017 Peach
Featherstone 2019 Gamay
Featherstone 2019 Merlot, Red Tail
Flat Rock Cellars 2020 Chardonnay Unplugged / Unoaked
Flat Rock Cellars 2020 Twisted Sparkling
Henry of Pelham 2019 Baco Noir, Speck Family Reserve HoP
Henry of Pelham 2019 Cabernet Merlot - Speck Family Reserve
Henry of Pelham 2020 Baco Noir
Henry of Pelham 2020 Pinot Grigio
Henry of Pelham 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Fumé

KacabaKacaba 2019 Pinot Noir, Select Series
Kacaba 2020 Cabernet
Kacaba 2020 Chardonnay, Unoaked
Kacaba 2020 Pinot Gris, Jennifer's
Leaning Post 2019 Cuvee Winona
Leaning Post 2019 Pinot Noir - The Fifty
London Born 2020 Siegerrebe
Malivoire 2018 Red Stock Farmstead
Malivoire 2019 Chardonnay, Moira
Malivoire 2019 Pinot Noir, Rosehall Run Vineyard
Malivoire 2020 Musque Spritz
Malivoire 2020 Pinot Gris

Organized Crime 2019 The MischiefOrganized Crime
Organized Crime 2020 Pinot Gris
Organized Crime 2020 Sacrilege - Skin Fermented White
Speck Bros 2019 Cabernet Merlot - Family Tree, The Padre
Speck Bros 2020 Baco Noir - Family Tree, The Bootlegger
Speck Bros 2020 Chardonnay - Family Tree, The Goat Lady
Speck Bros 2020 Three of Hearts Rosé
Sue-Ann Staff 2019 Gamay Noir, Split Rail



Amo Wines 2020 Pinot GrisAmo Wines
Amo Wines 2020 Rosé
Chateau des Charmes 2016 Blanc de Blancs
Chateau des Charmes 2017 Pinot Noir “Old Vines”
Chateau des Charmes 2018 Gamay Noir Droit
Strewn 2017 Meritage, Canadian Oak - Distinctive Small Lot
Strewn 2019 White, Nurture


  Prince Edward County

Closson ChaseClosson Chase 2019 Chardonnay, The Brock
Closson Chase 2019 Chardonnay, The Loyalist
Closson Chase 2020 Pinot Gris, Ridge Vineyard
Del-Gatto 2020 Dragonfly
Huff Estates 2019 Chardonnay, Catharine's South Bay
Huff Estates 2019 Vidal, Vacay
Huff Estates 2020 Pinot Gris, Buried Vine
Keint-he 2016 Chardonnay, PortageKeint-he
Keint-he 2020 Arrow-Matic White
Keint-he 2020 Chardonnay, Vacay
Redtail Vineyards 2018 Pinot Noir - 20 Mile Bench
Rosehall Run 2019 Chardonnay, JCR Rosehall Vineyard


Other Regions & Virtual Wineries

Black Bear Farms 2013 Pear
CornerfieldCornerfield Wine 2018 Cabernet Merlot
Cornerfield Wine 2019 Power & Grace
Cornerfield Wine 2020 Chardonnay
Cornerfield Wine 2020 Farmer and Frenchman White
Garage Wine Company 2019 Chardonnay, Popcorn
Nyarai Cellars 2020 Field Blender's White
Nyarai Cellars 2020 Folklore Sparkling






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