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2012, 2008 Baco Noir Back to the Wine List
DATE: 09-11-09 Appearance: Ruby.
Nose: Sweet cherry, blueberry/cranberry, light spicy oak and light herbal / mineral tones.
Palate: Dryish with good acidity, midweight. Palate follows the nose. Crisp acidity on the initial attack, fresh and clean on the midpalate with dusty light tannins. Good clean dry finish.
Conclusions: Soft baco with less alcohol than modern wines are used to (and better for it!). Drink by 2014. Wide range of foods would suit this wine due to the good acidity." lfw


Black Currant CassisBack to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Mahogany orange.
Nose: Cassis, light spices, something floral.
Palate: Medium sweet with moderate acidity, midweight plus. Palate is much more pronounced than the nose, with strawberry pie flavours adding to the mix. Rich mouthfeel, long clean finish.
Conclusions: Nice not-overly-sweet dessert style wine for current consumption (drink by 2009). More complex and less big than many cassis wines." lfw


Black Currant Reserve Oak Aged Back to the Wine List
DATE: 05-06-08 Appearance: Inky purple.
Nose: Intense cassis, light spicy oak, some mineral/herbal/floral notes.
Palate: Off dry with good acidity, heavyweight. Palate nicely follows the nose, with significant richness showing almost immediately. Quite creamy/silky on the midpalate, with light dusty tannins. Finish is very long, clean, and drier than expected.
Conclusions: Wonderful wine is somewhere between a not-too-sweet dessert style and a light dryish port. Not quite sure where to use it foodwise, but it certainly would fit nicely with strongly flavoured cheeses, meats, pates and fruit. Excellent product, very good bang for the buck, Scotch Block is almost single-handedly creating a wide range of wine styles from Black Currants in Canada. (Had to break my rule about spitting when doing this tasting note!)" lfw


Regal Black Currant Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-19-07 Appearance: Deep ruby.
Nose: Cassis, light chocolate, cedar and a light herbal character.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, midweight. Palate nicely follows the nose, adding an interesting earthy character. Some richness midpalate, light tannins on the long clean dry finish.
Conclusions: Yet another dry fruit wine that is food utile. This could be mistaken for a red wine except for the nose, and could be used as such, being especially good with bbq foods. Should last up to five years, developing more character as it ages. Time for something new? Then try this one." lfw


Blueberry Bouquet Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Blueberry/cherry.
Nose: Blueberry pie.
Palate: Medium with moderate acidity, midweight plus. Somewhat fat on the attack, with spices and mild tannins showing midpalate, and a long clean finish.
Conclusions: Very nice almost dessert style of social wine is probably best on its own, or, as the winery suggests, would make a great spritzer (if you want it less sweet, use club soda, if sweeter, ginger ale)." lfw


Blueberry Truffle Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Deep blueberry.
Nose: As advertised, blueberry with chocolate.
Palate: Medium with moderate acidity, midweight. Blueberry and chocolate, with light spices, take turns dancing across your palate, leaving a long clean finish with just a hint of normal chocolate bitterness on the aftertaste.
Conclusions: Mid-range style of chocolate fruit wine is neither subtle nor liquid chocolate bar. Nicely balanced social wine. This would be a great thing to serve at a family outing." lfw


True Blue Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-21-07 Appearance: Blueberry/ruby.
Nose: Blueberry pie with a rich resinous overtone and spices.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, midweight. Palate nicely follows the nose, piecrust almost included! Long clean dry finish.
Conclusions: Very nice by itself, but this would sit well with a number of foods with sweet veggies, light heat or moderate spices." lfw


Halton Red Back to the Wine List
DATE: 09-11-09 Appearance: Purple / dark ruby.
Nose: Soft raspbery, black cherry and plum with cedar, light chocolate, sweet oak and light herbal and mineral tones.
Palate: Dryish with good acidity, midweight. Palate follows the nose, with a zesty cirtys quality on the attack followed by earthier tones on the soft midpalate. Light tannins through the good long clean dry finish, with a light sweetness on the aftertaste.
Conclusions: Good for 5 or 6 years, food wine, really went nicely with a hamburger / macaroni / spiced dish. Nice easy to drink wine from Milton." lfw


Halton White Back to the Wine List
DATE: 05-11-09 Appearance: Pale lemon.
Nose: Peach/pear with light honey and floral notes.
Palate: Off dry with moderate to good acidity, midweight. Palate follows the nose. Peachy fruit with soft mouthfeel on the midpalate. Finish is good and clean.
Conclusions: Dominated by the vidal (with seyval and l'acadie!) very nice social wine or for general white-food useage (think turkey) over the next three years." lfw


Marechal Foch Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Deep ruby / purple.
Nose: Black fruits with spicy and herbal notes.
Palate: Dry with fresh acidity, midweight. Deep dark berries, plum, cran/blueberry notes on the attack, with light tannins and a silkiness midpalate. Good clean finish.
Conclusions: Ageworthy Foch in the older style, none of the modern "Sweetness" about it. Could go eight years in a good cellar, may be too fresh or intense for some at this point. A good wine to serve to flavour junkies, or with flavourful foods." lfw


Framboise Raspberry Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-19-07 Appearance: Ruby.
Nose: Raspberry with light spices.
Palate: Medium sweet with good acidity, midweight plus. Big flavours follow the nose, tasting sweeter than the posted sugar level. Fresh from beginning to end, silky smooth on the long clean finish.
Conclusions: Nice dessert wine for general dessert uses. Should age well for five years." lfw


Raspberry Rouge Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-19-07 Appearance: Ruby.
Nose: Fresh raspberries with a sense of new-mown grass in the background.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, midweight. Palate is much drier than the nose suggests, be ready! Nicely follows the nose, with some silky/creamy mouthfeel, light tannins and a long clean finish.
Conclusions: Another of the modern fruit wines that is crafted to work with food. Used to be that fruit wine meant sweet and cheap, this is certainly not, nor are most modern fruit wines. Try this wherever you might use a dry rose. Drink by 2010." lfw


Raspberry Truffle Back to the Wine List
DATE: 02-11-08 Appearance: Cranberry.
Nose: Raspberry, chocolate, light spices and herbs.
Palate: Medium sweet with good acidity, midweight. Palate follows the nose. Clean fresh raspberry, then chocolate, then raspberry, then chocolate, as the new one dances across the palate much like the old, in perhaps a lighter bodied style. Richness and silkiness on the midpalate lasts through a very long clean finish, with a very attractive chocolate aftertaste.
Conclusions: Chocolate touched rather than chocolate wine, not a heavy wine for chocolate lovers rather a subtle show. Should go five years or more, rather attractive, quite fruity." lfw


Kinky Keltic Back to the Wine List Back to the Wine List
DATE: 01-02-10 Appearance: Deep ruby / cranberry.
Nose: Currants, dark berries, woodsy/herbal notes, clean and inviting.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, midweight. Palate nicely follows the nose, with intense currant flavours, buttressed by grassy/herbal qualities as well (from the gooseberry no doubt). Very light tannins, with authentic currant bitterness on the finish (you like currants, you'll like it, if you don't, you won't). Finish is very long and clean.
Conclusions: Excellent example of an off-dry currant wine. I haven't aged anything quite like this, but suspect that this may mellow with age, and that it might just go a long way in the cellar (eight years??). This is not a bad substitute for light red wine, though it lacks the tannic structure to work well with rare meats, it would do well with many other dishes." lfw

Strawberry Fields Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Light orange gold.
Nose: Light strawberry aromas with hints of herbal character.
Palate: Just off dry with soft to moderate acidity, midweight. Palate has more flavour than the nose suggests, richer (cooked rather than fresh) especially on the midpalate where it takes on a strawberry pie character almost. Nice long dry finish with a lemony flavour.
Conclusions: This would work in social situations, or with many foods. Try it with the big bird at Thanksgiving, but don't try to keep it for more than a year or two." lfw


Strawberry Sunsation Back to the Wine List
DATE: 08-18-07 Appearance: Orange with hints of mahogany.
Nose: Strawberry with light spices.
Palate: Medium sweet with soft acidity, midweight plus. Big strawberry jam flavours, rich mouthfeel, soft midpalate, good clean finish.
Conclusions: Nice almost-dessert style wine which could age three or four years but tastes very nice right now. Think of this as a social wine, chill slightly and enjoy by itself, or with a fruit/cheese tray." lfw


Regal White Currant Back to the Wine List
DATE: 05-07-08
Colour has become white gold, nose is developing a little more complexity, flavours a little richer, developing as I hoped it would. Lovely wine, great value..

08-18-07 Appearance: Almost clear, nearly water white.
Nose: Currants and spices, lightly floral.
Palate: Dry with good acidity, midweight. Palate is richer than the nose, with extra spicy/herbal character on the attack. Some silkiness midpalate, good clean finish.
Conclusions: Yet another of the new generation of fruit wines made in a food-friendly way. This would suit a wide range of the normal white-wine suspects. Could last three years, but is tasty right now." lfw


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