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Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS

Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert

E. & J. Gallo Winery Orin Swift 8 Years in the Desert Zinfandel 2018

California, United States
7 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 90/100

From this Cali zinfandel’s brooding ruby hues surfaced attractive ripe dark berry, earthy and spiced scents that introduced a full bodied experience featuring silky tannins and dense dark fruited flavours. Pair with mixed grill and seasoned fries. Enjoy. Reviewed on December 28, 2020

Sperling Vineyards Pinot Noir 2018

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
8 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 92/100

Certified organic by Pro-Cert, this enticing pinot noir was crafted from hand harvested grapes in British Columbia’s lauded Okanagan Valley appellation. The bouquet revealed shy wild cherry, wood smoke, tilled garden soil, tobacco leaf and cracked pepper scents that mingled beautifully the medium bodied palate’s ample layers of flavours - red berries, wood smoke and spice led the performance - and its approachable, pulling tannins. The fruit aftertaste had staying power. Spice rubbed flank steak would pair nicely with this pinot. Enjoy. Reviewed December 28, 2020

Le Grand Clos

Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Pinot Noir 2018

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
8 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 93/100

Crafted in Ontario’s Twenty Mile Bench appellation, this impressive pinot noir featured lively, attractive fragrances of candied cherry, strawberry jam, wood smoke, leather and spice that announced layers of delicious flavours - red berries, hay and earthiness in lead roles - on a mid-weight palate. Approachable, silky tannins and a stunning fruit finish capped off this experience. Enjoy. Reviewed on December 28, 2020

Blanc de Blancs R.D.

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Blanc de Blancs R.D. 2011

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
8 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 91/100

Crafted with traditional method techniques, this blanc de blanc bubbly from British Columbia showed elegance and vitality in my glass. Lively aromas reminiscing of peach, white florals, buttery pastry dough and crushed stone ushered in delicious flavours of mature stone fruits, herb infused dough. Featuring 100% chardonnay grapes, this sparkler from Blue Mountain showcased a richly textured mouth feel thanks to 6 1/2 years it matured on its lees. Serve this bubbly with any occasion. Enjoy. Reviewed on December 27, 2020

9 days ago

Craig Haynes scored this wine: 88/100

Certified by the European Vegetarian Union, this Spanish red blend features monastrell, garnacha and syrah from the country's Jumilla appellation. From its deep ruby hues emerged scents of plums, berries, spice and campfire smoke that announced a full bodied frame boasting bold, juicy dark fruit flavours and grippy tannins. This wine craves protein, so visit your butcher and fire up the BBQ. Enjoy. Reviewed on December 29, 2020

Craig Haynes WSET3 FWS SWS

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
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