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I4C Tasting Notes, 2016 

I made tasting notes on 70 wines at I4C this year. Here they are for your use:

13th Street Winery June's Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (Creek Shores, Canada – $21.95): light straw colour; minerally, apple nose with a forest floor note; medium-bodied, apple, pear and citrus flavours with a mineral threat. (88)

13th Street Winery Sandstone Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (Creek Shores, Canada – $29.95): straw coloured; spicy, apple with a toasty note; medium-bodied, dry, caramel and citrus flavours with a resiny oak note, finishing with a lick of cinnamon. (87.5)

A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL A to Z Wineworks Oregon Chardonnay 2014 (Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA – $24.95): pale straw colour; undergrowth nose of apple and spicy oak; medium-bodied, sweetish red apple and honey flavours. Lively acidity. (89)

A to Z Wineworks/REX HILL A to Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Noir 2013 (Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA – $25.00): ruby colour; earthy, red cherry nose; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, a little short on mid-palate fruit for the alcohol. (87)

Adamo Estate Winery Chardonnay – Wismer Vineyard Foxcroft 2014 (Ontario, Canada – $23.95): pale straw colour; spicy, earthy apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, citrus and apple flavours; good acidity. (87)

Archangel Wines Archangel Pinot Noir Central Otago 2012 (Central Otago, New Zealand – $42.00): ruby-purple colour; spicy, cherry with a light floral note; medium-bodied, firmly structured, dry, cherry flavour with a tannic finish. (89)

Artesa Vineyards and Winery Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (Napa, California, USA – $53.00): a shade deep colour than the non-Reserve Chardonnay; spicy vanilla oakand tropical fruit bouquet; full-bodied, peachy-melon flavour buoyed up by spicy oak with a smoky note. (88

Artesa Vineyards and Winery Artesa Carneros Chardonnay 2013 (Napa, California, USA – $29.95): straw colour; undergrowth, citrus and apple peel nose; medium to full-bodied, spicy, hint of sweetness (caramel) in mid palate but finishes dry. (88)

Bachelder Burgundy Bachelder Cote de Nuits Village La Montagne Pinot Noir 2012 (Burgundy, France – $40.00): deep ruby with a mature hue; spicy, plummy, toasty nose; medium-bodied, dry, lean and firm, lively acidity. (88)

Bachelder Niagara Bachelder Lowrey Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013 (Niagara, Canada – $44.95): light ruby colour with a tawny hue; high toned, cedary, vanilla oak,sweet tobacco, cherry nose; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, juicy, raspberry-cherry flavour; firmly structured. (90)

Bachelder Oregon Bachelder Johnson Pinot Noir 2012 (Oregon, USA – $55.00): deep ruby colour; spicy, cherry nose with a cedary, tobacco note; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly-extracted, well-balanced. Good length. (93)

Bachelder Oregon Bachelder Willamette Valley Chardonnay 2013 (Oregon, USA – $31.00): pale straw colour; spicy oak and apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, smoky-tarry, apple flavour, well structured with a touch of bitterness on the finish. (89)

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2013 (Okanagan Valley, Canada – $36.00): pale straw colour; minerally, apple nose with a perceptible barnyard note; medium-bodied, dry, well-extracted sweet yellow apple flavour; beautifully balanced with harmonious oak. (90)

Bouchard Finlayson "Crocodile's Lair Kaaimansgat Limited Edition Chardonnay" 2014 (Hemel-en-aarde Valley, Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa – $39.00): light straw colour; barynard note on the nose with wood spice; medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour with lemony acidity mouth-freshing acidity on the finish. Good length with mouth-freshening acidity on the finish. (89)

Bouchard Finlayson Missionvale Chardonnay 2014 (Hemel-en-aarde Valley, Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa – $40.00): straw colour; spicy, undergrowth nose (Burgundian style); full-bodied, dry, ripe and rich, beautifully balanced, spicy peach and apple flavours with well-integrated oak. (91)

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir 2013 (Hemel-en-aarde Valley, Walker Bay, Hermanus, South Africa – $63.00): deep ruby colour; spicy, cherry nose with an undergrowth note; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured. A well-made wine. (89.5)

Cavino Winery & Distillery S.A. Chardonnay PGI Achaia 2015 (Peloponnese/Achaia, Greece – $14.00): pale straw colour; spicy, forest floor nose; medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour with a mineral note. (86)

Cavino Winery & Distillery S.A. Chardonnay PGI Achaia Oak Fermented 2015 (Peloponnese/Achaia, Greece – $17.00): pale straw colour; spicy, smoky nose with a resiny note; oak-driven with vanilla and lemon flavours. (86.5)

Cavit Consorzio Cantine Social Bottega Vinaia Chardonnay Trentino DOC 2015 (Trento, Italy – $19.95): medium straw colour; minerally, apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, apple, citrus flavour with a salty note. (86)

Cavit Consorzio Cantine Social Bottega Vinaia Pinot Noir Trentino DOC 2014 (Trento, Italy – $19.95): ruby colour with a tawny rim; spicy cherry nose with a note of dried herbs; medium-bodied, dry, sour cherry flavour, nicely balanced with fresh acidity. (88)

Champy Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013 (Burgundy, France – $23.00): mature ruby colour; minerally, raspberry nose with a vanilla oak note; medium-bodied, dry, lean and sinewy; firmly structured with an earthy beetroot note. (88.5)

Champy Puligny Montrachet 2013 (Burgundy, France – $65.00): straw colour with a greenish tint; spicy, apple, sweet oak nose; medium-bodied, richly extracted, elegant flavour of apple and peach with live acidity; beautifully balanced and long on finish. Lovely mouth-feel. (92)

Chehalem Gamay Noir, Ridgecrest Vineyards 2013 (Oregon/Willamette Valley, USA – $40.00): deep ruby colour; leather, cherry and plum bouquet; light-bodied, dry, fruity sour cherry flavour with lively acidity. (88)

Dog Point Pinot Noir 2014 (Marlborough, New Zealand – $52.00): deep ruby colour; raspberry and pencil lead bouquet with oak spice and a light floral note; medium-bodied, sweet raspberry fruit; beautifully balanced with a lovely mouth-feel. (91)

Dog Point Chardonnay 2014 (Marlborough, New Zealand – $45.00): pale straw colour, reductive, spicy, apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, well-strucured with lively acidity. (89)

Domaine Drouhin Oregon Dundee HiIls Pinot Noir 2013 (Oregon, USA – $51.95): ruby colour; minerally, black raspberry nose with a floral note; medium-bodied, dry, firmly strucutured with raspberry and red plum flavours; great length and very discreet tannins. (91)

Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin 2014 (Chablis, France – $24.95): light straw colour; chalky, green apple with a light floral note on the nose; light-to medium-bodied, crisply dry with tart green apple, lemon and sour cream flavours, ending on a salty note. Great length. (89)

Domaine Laroche Chablis Premier Cru Vaudevey 2014 (Chablis, France – $37.95): light straw colour; fresh, lemony-green apple nose with a mineral note; light to medium-bodied, crisply dry, round and caressing on the palate; beautifully balanced with great length. (92)

Domaine Queylus Chardonnay Reserve du Domaine 2014 (Niagara Peninsula, Canada – $34.95): straw colour; high-toned, vanilla oak and pear nose; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, lovely mouth-feel. (89.5)

Enroute Baumaire 2014 (Russian River, USA): medium-straw colour; ripe tropical fruit with spicy oak on the nose; full-bodied, richly extracted, peach and melon flavours with spicy oak notes; great length. (90)

Foxes Island Wines Ltds. Foxes Island Pinot Noir Belsham Awatere Estate 2010 (Awatere Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand – $50.00): deep ruby colour; spicy, smoky, black plum bouquet with a note of leather; richly extracted, sweet plum and black raspberry flavours, full in the mouth; well-integrated oak and nicely balanced. (90)

Foxes Island Wines Ltds. Foxes Island Chardonnay Belsham Awatere Estate 2011 (Awatere Valley of Marlborough, New Zealand – $52.00): medium straw colour; reductive barnyard nose of apple; medium-boied, dry, apple andtoast flavours, with a caramel note. Good length (89)

Hahn Family Wines Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2014 (Napa, Monterey Country, USA – $49.00): deep ruby colour; clovey, spicy, black fruit nose with evident oak; full-bodied, dry, richly extracted flavours of plum and black cherries, velvety mouth-feel with a touch of sweetness in mid-palate and ripe, supple tannins. (90)

Hahn Family Wines Hahn SLH Chardonnay 2014 (Napa, Monterey Country, USA – $42.00): straw colour; minerally, apple, citrus with a undergrowth note; full-bodied, mouth-filling, rich and full peachy-melon flavours carried on lively acidity and buttressed by oak. (89)

Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 (Beamsville Bench, Canada – $38.00): light straw colour; spicy nutmeg and apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, apple and green melon flavours; beautifully balanced, lovely mouth-feel with good length. (90)

Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2014 (Beamsville Bench, Canada – $28.75): pale straw colour; spicy, apple with an undergrowth nose on the nose; medium-bodied, dry, spicy apple flavour with lively lemony acidity; well-balanced with a firm finish. (89)

Iona Iona Pinot Noir 2013 (Elgin, South Africa – $36.00): ruby colour; spicy, smoky-tarry nose of black cherries; medium to full-bodied, creamy, cherry and plum flvours with grainy tannins. (89)

JoieFarm Winery Un-oaked Chardonnay 2015 (Okanagan Valley, Canada – $22.90): medium straw colour; vanilla, marshmallow nose with citrus notes; medium-bodied, dry, soft mouth-feel with apple and banana flavours. (87.5)

JoieFarm Winery "En Famille" Reserve Chardonnay 2013 (Okanagan Valley, Canada – $29.90): straw colour; ripe tropical fruit nose enveloped in oak full-bodied, richly extracted, barley sugar and lemon flavours; mouth-filling orangey finish. (89)

Landmark Vineyards Landmark Overlook Pinot Noir 2013 (Sonoma Valley, USA – $47.00): deep ruby colour; high-toned, vanilla and black raspberry nose; full-bodied, dry, richly extracted, plum and red berry flavours; full in the mouth with ripe tannins to add structure. Lovely mouth-feel. (90)

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Lightfoot & Wolfville Ancienne Pinot Noir 2013 (Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada – $37.00): medium ruby colour; raspberry and forest floor bouquet; light-bodied, lean cranberry and redcurrant flavours, somewhat dilute with fresh acidity and underripe fruit. (86)

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Lightfoot & Wolfville Ancienne Chardonnay 2013 (Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada – $37.00): pale lemon colour; Burgundian-style nose of undergrowth, apple and oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, elegant, apple and green pear flavours. (89)

Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Lightfoot & Wolfville Ancienne Chardonnay Reserve 2013 (Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada – $56.00): straw colour; spicy, apple nose with a forest floor note; medium-bodied, dry, Burgundian style, with orange, apple and a caramel note. Lively on the palate with good length. A touch bitter on the finish. (89)

Lighthall Vineyards Culmination (Blanc de Blancs) 2011 (Prince Edward County, Canada – $35.00): pale straw colour; medium-bodied, dry, apple flavour; full in the mouth. (88)

Lighthall Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 (Prince Edward County, Canada – $30.00): deep ruby colour; spicy, black raspberry nose with a leather and vanilla oak note; light to medium-bodied, dry, elegant, beautifully balanced with ripe tannins. (91)

Maison Pierre Sparr Pinot Noir Calcaire Pierre Sparr 2013 (Alsace AOC, France – $24.00): medium ruby colour with a tawny rim; minerally, spicy, red berry nose with vanilla oak notes; light to medium-bodied, dry, raspberry flaavour; nicely balnced with moderate length. (88)

Maison Roche de Bellene Domaine de Bellene Savigny Les Beaune Blanc 2014 (Burgundy, France – $36.00): deep ruby colour; a nose of raspberries with pencil lead and undergrowth notes; light-bodied, dey, elegant, raspberry and cranberry flavours; firmly structured with goos length. (90)

Maison Roche de Bellene Roche De Bellene Meursault Charmes Premier Cru 2014 (Burgundy, France – $96.00): straw colour; minerally-chalky nose of winter apples; medium-bodied, dry, apple and green pineapple falvours, beautifully balanced with well-intergrated oak. (90)

Miguel Torres Chile Cordillera Chardonnay 2013 (Curico Valley, Chile – $19.00): light straw colour; toasty, minerally, baked pear nose; medium-bodied, dry, richly-extracted, well balanced pear flavour with good length. (88.5)

Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Pinot Noir 2013 (Curico Valley, Chile – $15.00): solid ruby colour; spicy blackcurrant and cedar nose, medium-bodied, sweet fruit, soft on the palate but firmly structured on the finish with ripe tannins. Great value. (88)

Niagara College Teaching Winery Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2012 (Niagara, Canada – $19.15): Medium straw colour; spicy, cedary nose of apple (with oak uppermost); medium-bodied, dry, oak-dominated flavour with a resinous finish. (86.5)

Pearl Morissette Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Madeline 2012 (Niagara, Canada – $38.00): dense ruby-purple colour; cedary, floral, tobacco, blackberry nose; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured and well-balanced; well-extracted blackberry flavour. Youthful, needs 2–3 years.

Pearl Morissette Estate Winery Chardonnay Dix-Neuvieme 2013 (Niagara, Canada – $38.00): golden straw colour; mature, spicy, toasty, minerally, apple nose; full-bodied, dry. Well-extracted baked apple and lemon flavours. (89)

Planeta Planeta Chardonnay DOC Sicilia 2014 (Sicily, Italy – $44.95): deep straw colour; ripe tropical fruit and spicy oak nose;full-bodied, rich and full on the palate with pineapple and lemon flavours. (89.5)

Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Ravine Vineyard Chardonnay 2014 (St. Davids Bench, Canada – $30.00): straw colour; high-toned, apple nose with an undergrowth note; medium-bodied, apple-pear flavours with evident oak and a note of orange on the finish. (89)

Redstone Winery Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (Lincoln Lakeshore, Canada – $38.95) (a blend of three vineyards): straw colour; minerally, apple nose with vanilla oak and an undergrowth note; medium-bodied dry with good varietal character. (88)

Secreto Patagonico Secreto Patagonico Pinot Noir 2015 (Patagonia/San Patricio del Chañar, Argentina – $20.00): deep ruby colour; high-toned, spicy, tobacco and cherry nose; medium to full-bodied, dry, drying fruit, plum flavour with a tannic finish. (86)

Secreto Patagonico Secreto Patagonico Chardonnay 2015 (Patagonia/San Patricio del Chañar, Argentina – $20.00): pale straw colour; pineapple and toast on the nose with a mineral note; medium-bodied, dry, green pineapple flavour with lively acidity. (87.5)

Sonoma-Cutrer Winery Cutrer Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2014 (Sonoma Coast/Russian River Valley, USA – $27.95): bright straw colour; lemon candy nose with discreet oak notes; medium-bodied, dry, frh and lively on the palate with apple and lemon flavours. Lovely mouth-feel. (90)

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2014 (Oregon/Dundee Hills, USA – $31.00): deep ruby colour; cedary, black cherry, vanilla oak, barnyard note; medium to full-bodied, dry, cherry flavour. Lovely mouth-feel, with racy acidity and good length. (90)

Stoller Family Estate Dundee Hills Chardonnay 2015 (Oregon/Dundee Hills, USA – $25.00): pale straw colour; minerally, lemony, green apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, apple and green pear flavours. Lively acidity. (89)

Stoller Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013 (Oregon/Dundee Hills, USA – $35.00): straw colour; Burgundian style nose – barnyard, apple with wood spice; medium-bodied, dry, richly extracted, apple, pear and lemon flaovurs; beautifully balanced with well-integrated oak. Lovely mouth-feel and long finish. (91)

Tawse Winery Estate Chardonnay 2012 (Niagara Peninsula, Twenty Mile Bench, Canada – $37.95): pale straw colour; apple bouquet with a baryard note; medim-bodied, dry, beautifully balanced, light on the palate with good length. (90)

Tenuta Mosole Cabernet Franc DOC Venezia 2015 (Veneto Orientale/DOC Venezia, Italy – $18.95): pale straw colour; pear and undergrowth nose; light to medium-bodied, leesy, green pear flavour; moderate length. (87)

Trius Winery Showcase "Wild Ferment" Chardonnay 2013 (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada – $36.20): medium straw colour with a lime tint; reductive Burgundian-style nose of undergrowth and apple with a light floral top note; medium-bodied, dry, spicy, apple and pear flavours. (89)

Two Sisters Vineyards Lenko Vineyard Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay 2015 (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada – $49.00): pale straw colour; toasty, minerally nose with an undergrowth note; medium-bodied, dry, apple and pear flavours with lively acidity. (89)

Viña Tabali Tabalí­ Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2013 (Valle de Limarí, Chile – $18.95): medium straw colour; earthy-pencil lead and apple peel nose; medium-bodied, dry, a touch bitter with some oxidation. (85.5)

Viña Tabali Talinay Pinot Noir 2013 (Valle de Limarí, Chile – $27.95): ruby with a mature rim; cherry, tobacco, cedar nose; medium-bodied, dry, sour cherry, elegant, spicy (cinnamon) flavour; well-balanced with good length. Firm finish. (90)

Westcott Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2013 (Vinemount Ridge, Canada – $30.00): ruby with a tawny hue; raspberry and plum nose with some maturity; medium-bodied, plum and prune flavours, medium-bodied, dry, with ripe tannins. (89)

Westcott Vineyards Lenko Old Vines 2014 (Vinemount Ridge, Canada – $32.95): straw colour; spicy, apple, vanilla oak; medium-bodied, dry, fresh and lively, apple and lemon flavours with a touch of browning apple on the finish. (87.5)

 

 

 

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