Posts Tagged Canada

2002 Jackson-Triggs Riesling Icewine, Ontario, Canada

With a residual sugar level of 25%, it would be easy for this wine to be cloying and syrupy. Not a chance! This lip-smacking ambrosia is golden amber in color, weighty and concentrated, oozing with honeyed apricot jam and ripe peach fruit. It is... Read more

2001 Jackson-Triggs ‘Delaine’ Pinot Noir, Ontario, Canada

A vineyard designate from young vines, great things are expected from this bottling in the future. Alas, this vintage shows its youth, with aromas of smoked bacon, green tea and a bit of stemminess. The wine perks up in the mouth, showing some... Read more

2001 Jackson-Triggs Meritage, Ontario, Canada

A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 20 Cabernet Franc, this wine begins with aromas of smoky oak and coffee, followed by tightly wound tart berry and cassis. On the palate, it picks up a pleasant vanilla creaminess. If future vintages... Read more

2002 Jackson-Triggs ‘Proprietor’s Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay, Ontario, Canada

A full-bodied white that shows nice complexity, I caught aromas and flavors of spiced pear, creamy vanilla, butter and caramel. Clean and crisp, it still delivers a medium-length finish that echoes the butter and caramel notes. Retail Price: $18.95... Read more

2000 Jackson-Triggs ‘Method Classique’ Sparkling Wine, Ontario, Canada

It makes sense that a cool climate like Niagara-on-the-Lake would produce superior bubbly, and this bottling proves that notion right. Zippy citrus acidity melds with green apple fruit and notes of toast and caramel to provide a bright, clean palate... Read more

2002 Magnotta Winery ‘Gran Riserva’ Blanc Fumé, Ontario, Canada

Crisp, dry and full of citrus acidity, there are aromas of melon and sharp green apple. Grilled white-fleshed fish would pair well with this wine. Retail Price: $22.50 CAN (July 2004) Wine Lines rating: 83... Read more

1998 Magnotta Winery ‘Gran Riserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Ontario, Canada

This wine has a sharp nose, with strong smoky oak, that overwhelms the moderate plum and currant fruit. Tart and acidic in the mouth. Perhaps food would tame this wine? Retail Price: $29 CAN (July 2004) Wine Lines rating: 82... Read more

2001 Magnotta Winery ‘Select Late Harvest’ Vidal, VQA, Ontario, Canada

Aromas and flavors of jammy apricot and tropical fruits, with a note of spice. Honeyed in the mouth, with good acid balance. Great price point! Retail Price: $14.95/375-ml CAN (July 2004) Wine Lines rating: 90... Read more

1996 Magnotta Winery ‘Millennium’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Ontario, Canada

At 8 years old, this wine is fully mature and throwing fine sediment. Ripe aromas of cigar box, cellar door, cherries and currant, with a note of anise. Medium-full in body. The tannins are resolved. This is the most concentrated Canadian red wine I... Read more

2003 Magnotta Winery ‘Trionfo,’ Ontario, Canada

This is a light, eminently quaffable red blend of Baco Noir, Marechal Foch and Pinot Noir. The nose shows lightly smoky berry and cherry fruit, with whiffs of cedar. Medium-bodied, with little tannic bite, this is a pleasant picnic red at a great... Read more