Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Aligoté - 87pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Aligoté (St. David's Bench) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability
: Direct from the winery here (upon release)
Cost: $15.95
Alcohol: 12.5%
Date Tasted: July 18th, 2018

Tasting Notes: An aromatic and bright, near-colourless 
Aligoté with a lovely nose of white blossoms, apricots and stonefruit followed by a mouth-watering and refreshingly sharp palate of apples, pears, lemon/lime and ginger flavours. Lemon drop candy and a touch of spice lingers on the moderate-plus finishDrink now-2020.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Riesling - 88pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2017 Riesling (Niagara-On-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and select LCBO stores
Cost: $14.95
Alcohol: 10.5%
Production: 479 cases
Date Tasted: July 17th, 2018

Tasting Notes: A lovely, nearly-colourless, subdued Riesling offering well-integrated, citrus, melon and orchard fruit on the delicate nose and the RS-kissed palate. Alcohol, overall sweetness and acid levels are (relatively) low and (most importantly) well balanced. Those looking for a bracing, in-your-face Riesling must look elsewhere. Ready to go now. Drink now-2022.

- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Chateau Des Charmes 2016 Cabernet-Merlot - 86+pts

Chateau Des Charmes 2016 Cabernet-Merlot (Niagara-on-The-Lake) Niagara Peninsula - Ontario

Availability: Direct from the winery here and select LCBO stores
Cost: $15.95
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 2000 cases
Date Tasted: July 17th, 2018

Tasting Notes: When given time in the glass to breath, this otherwise Old World-leaning blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot opens-up nicely to reveal its fruity, New World innards with ripe, blackberry and red currant aromas on the oak and nutmeg scented nose and the rustic, dry palate. Moderate, slightly bitter finish showcases some nice, lingering spice notes. Could evolve a bit with another 1-2 years of bottle age. 
Drink 2019-2021.
  - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2017 Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc - 91pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2017 Winemaker's Cut Sauvignon Blanc (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
Details at www.winemakerscut.ca 
Cost: $25 + taxes
Alcohol: 12.5%

Production: 180 cases
Date Tasted: July 13th, 2018

Tasting Notes: An excellent, elegant, yet, bracing (in a happy, mouth-watering way) Sauvignon Blanc from a single-vineyard in Oliver with a pleasantly pungent and citrusy nose and a crisp, off-dry palate of apple-pear-lemon flavours that finishes long and dry with a touch of lingering mineral and spice.
 Drink now-2021.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Winemaker's Cut Syrah - 88-89pts

Lunessence Winery and Vineyard 2016 Winemaker's Cut Syrah (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability
: Details at www.winemakerscut.ca 
Cost: $32 + taxes
Alcohol: 13%

Production: 260 cases
Date Tasted: July 11th, 2018


Tasting Notes: A savoury, peppery Syrah with herb and bell pepper notes on the black cherry scented nose and the prickly, cherry-cola and toasted oak infused palate where layers of fresh and ancient spices linger on the finish. 
Needs another 6 months to settle and integrate in the bottle prior to opening. Drink 2019-2023.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2018 IconWines.ca