July 2015 - Canada

This month's Wine feature is Canadian Wines
Canada Reviews
210970
Magnotta
2013 Limited Edition Riesling Icewine
Gold color. Aromas of spiced peaches, raisins, and honey cream with a satiny, lively, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, long spiced apples and minerals finish with no oak. A delicious, resonant dessert wine with great fruit and balance.
95 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210986
Kittling Ridge Estate Winery
2014 Limited Edition Vidal Blanc Icewine
Gold color. Aromas of honey, golden raisin, and dried apricot with a silky, vibrant, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long candied citrus and spiced apple finish with no oak. A fabulously flavorful and well balanced dessert wine.
94 points $39.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211009
Black Cellar
NV Blend 13 Malbec/Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed berries, toffee, and choke cherry preserves with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, layered, medium-long spiced nuts, alpine herbs, cedar, and sage finish with crunchy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. An attractively spicy, fruit forward red.
91 points $8.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210983
Magnotta
2013 Limited Edition Cabernet Franc
Dull dusty garnet color. Delicate, fruity, savory aromas of currants and raisins and powdered nut cookies with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, charming, breezy beets, dried citrus, vanilla nuts, and dried flowers and cedar finish with fine tannins and light oak. A savory, chewy cab franc with great varietal character.
90 points $18.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210981
G. Marquis
2010 "The Silver Line" Epic Niagara Peninsula
Ruby color. Aromas of spicy berry chutney, olives, grilled pepper, and pencil shavings with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish with dusty, woody tannins and moderate oak. A serious, elegantly styled red.
90 points $29.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210982
Magnotta
2013 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, floral aromas of dark berry jam, orange blossoms, and pickling spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intriguing, medium-length pistachio gelato, nutskin, and pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A rich and warming cabernet.
89 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211221
Magnotta
2013 Limited Edition Meritage
Ruby color. Aromas of dried violets, craisin, and leather with a bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long olive, peppered nuts, cedar, and minerals finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A nicely poised red that will work great at the table.
89 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210968
Magnotta
2011 "Enotrium" Gran Riserva Niagara Peninsula
Ruby color. Aromas of dried berries, marinated roasted root vegetables, and leather with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length cedar, roasted nuts, and earth finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A nicely mature red with an Italian personality and tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211005
Black Cellar
NV Blend 19 Shiraz
Garnet black color. Mild aromas of chocolate cherries and pistachio brittle with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, crisp raspberry jam on raisin toast finish with light oak. A nice, super fruity everyday sipper.
88 points $8.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210987
Kittling Ridge Estate Winery
NV Proprietor's Cuvee White Zinfandel - Vidal Blanc
Pink color. Aromas of cherries, berries, and honeyed orange with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-length watermelon and blood orange finish with no oak. A rock solid, adult rose with ripe fruit.
88 points $9.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210979
Magnotta
2013 Limited Edition Chardonnay
Bright medium clear light gold color. Delicate aromas of baked apples, gauze, butter cream, and dried twigs with a supple, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well, integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211004
Black Cellar
NV Blend 11 Pinot Grigio
Bright pale clear golden straw color. Aromas of bruised peaches, turned earth, and cream with a tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, momentary finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $8.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210972
Magnotta
2013 Special Reserve Gewurztraminer Med-Dry
Yellow color. Aromas of apple, apricot, and spiced custard with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-length apple sauce and lemon sorbet finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity, easy drinking white.
87 points $13.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210984
G. Marquis
2013 "The Silver Line" Pinot Noir
Dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced cherries and delicate blossoms with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, cheery melon and nuts finish with light oak. A solid pinot sipper.
87 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211002
Andrew Peller
NV Unreserved White ICB
Yellow color. Aromas of Meyer lemon and dried flowers with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, quick melon, apple, and lemon sorbet finish with no oak. A nice fruity, easy drinking white wine.
86 points $8.25 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210969
Magnotta
NV Blanc de Noirs Niagara Peninsula
Yellow color. Aromas of roasted nuts, mocha, and chocolate raisins with a silky, racy, spritzy, dryish body and a tingling, captivating, crisp dried citrus, peppery spices, and chalk finish with no oak. A nice dry, nutty sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
86 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211003
Black Cellar
NV Blend 4 Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Lively, fruity, sweet aromas of sweet plums, buttered toast, berry cobbler, and dried leaves with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit, firm tannins and light oak.
85 points $8.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211003
Black Cellar
NV Blend 4 Merlot
Bright medium burnt sienna color. Lively, fruity, sweet aromas of sweet plums, buttered toast, berry cobbler, and dried leaves with an bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish with fruit, firm tannins and light oak.
85 points $8.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211006
Black Cellar
NV Blend 12 Sauvignon Blanc
Light silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of lemon sorbet, grassy, lime, and melon with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy finish with no oak. A nice easy drinking sauvignon blanc.
85 points $8.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211007
Black Cellar
NV Blend 8 Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier
Bright pale yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, earthy aromas of lemon yogurt, lemon grass with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, rapid finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $8.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210977
Magnotta
2013 Medium Dry Special Reserve Riesling
Yellow color. Aromas of overripe citrus and apples on the tree with a bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, cheery chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, crisp riesling that will pair well.
85 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211008
Black Cellar
NV Blend 9 Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo
Ruby color. Aromas of berry compote, sweet beet relish, and pencil shavings with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, quick spiced baked apples, cedar, lemon spritzed beets, and earth finish with dusty, leafy tannins and moderate oak. A nice woody red for the table.
84 points $8.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210978
Magnotta
2013 "Equus Series" Riesling/Gewurztraminer
Yellow color. Aromas of kiwi and spiced pear with a silky, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk lemon ice and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice dry white for the table or sipping.
84 points $9.25
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210971
Magnotta
NV Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
Bright medium straw green color. Lively, floral, dank aromas of open tank fermentors in a winery with a dryish light body and a breezy finish. An earthy bubbly sipper.
84 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210985
G. Marquis
2013 "The Silver Line" Chardonnay
Straw green color. Bright, curious aromas of grilled banana and nuts and rubber leaf with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk whole lime, roasted apple, and oak finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy chardonnay.
84 points $17.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211001
Andrew Peller
NV Unreserved Red ICB
Ruby color. Aromas of honeyed berries and delicate spice with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp baked apple, minerals, and tree bark finish with dusty, grippy tannins and light oak. A sturdy table wine.
83 points $8.25
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211010
Skinny Grape
NV Low Alcohol Pinot Grigio
Bright pale golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, floral herbal aromas of green nectarines, buttercream, and dried twigs with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
83 points $9.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210974
Magnotta
2014 "Rhapsody" Special Reserve Niagara Peninsula
Ruby color. Aromas of sour cherry, toffee, and gherkin with a silky, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cranberry, beets, and earth finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A nice dry quaffer.
83 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210976
Magnotta
2013 Dry Special Reserve Riesling
Yellow color. Aromas of apple, nectarine, and nutshell with a supple, bright, dryish body and a seamless, brisk lemon and straw finish with no oak. A dry table wine.
83 points $12.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
210975
Magnotta
2013 Special Reserve Muscat Ottonel Med-Dry
Amber color. Aromas of peony, honeyed peaches and apples, and delicate spices with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a swift dried citrus, gravel, nutskin, and parchment finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A very dry, austere fortified wine.
81 points $11.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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