A collection of brief and unpoetic tasting notes.
Aime Stentz- Gewurztraminer - 2000 - Alsace - CAD $18
A solid Gewurztraminer. A little less floral/aromatic, and a little more minerally/flinty that some I've had.
Domaine de L'Ameillaud 2003 VdP Vaucluse - CAD $10
This seems to always be a tasty, inexpensive red - good for stocking up a few bottles to accompany week night fare. This version was a little rougher and grapier than earlier vintages.
Chateau de Charmes Merlot 1999 - St David's Bench Niagara Peninsula - CAD $25?
Did I pay $25 for this? Was it worth it? Perhaps yes, as it has matured into a well-balanced wine at this stage - with an inviting nose, good fruit, and body.
Salice Salentino 2000 - Puglia - CAD $12
Yummy Negro Amaro/Malvasia Nera blend. A couple more dollars than the Domaine L'Ameillaud - but worth it.
Daniel Lenko Estate - Riesling Reserve 2004 - Niagar Peninsula - Beamsville - CAD $16
Only available by the case (of 12) at the vineyard. This wine doesn't have bracing acidity, it has BRACING ACIDITY. I love the balance of aromatics and steeliness in this wine.
Caroline Cellars Baco Noir 2004 - Niagara Peninsula - Niagara-on-the-Lake - CAD $10
Pleasant, earthy, food friendly red.
Domaine Vacheron - Sancerre Rouge (Pinot Noir)- 2000 - Sancerre AOC - Loire Valley - CAD $25?
Bright, beety nose and a refined, palate. I wasn't sure what to expect - but I enjoyed.