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Lori Kilmartin

Lori Kilmartin WSET3 Sommelier

Family Reserve

Peller Estates Family Reserve Rosé 2020

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
3 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 89/100

Fresh wild strawberries in a glass! I was very impressed with this tasty Rosé from the Peller Estates Family line. Pinkish orange hue in the glass. On the nose those wild fresh strawberries and red cherries that harken to summer - and don't we all need that now! Light bodied, off dry but with enough acidity to counter-balance, and flavours of cherry, cranberry and again that strawberry. To make life easier during this pandemic I've been ordering a few meals a week from Chef's Plate. I paired this wine with their Maple Teriyaki Pork Chops on a bed of rice with green beans and bok choy. The two were a perfect pairing! Tasted May 11/2021

Good Natured Merlot Gamay Noir 2020

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
5 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 89/100

Good Natured and good value go hand in hand here! You would do well to keep a case on hand for your everyday dining - including Sunday night dinner. This VQA blend of Merlot and Gamay was the perfect pairing for my Sunday roast beef meal. Aromas of black cherry, black currant and cloves with more dark fruit on the palate. Medium body with tannins that were smooth and supple. The addition of the Gamay Noir adds some acidity to balance the fruit driven Merlot. Tasted May 2/2021

Wayne Gretzky Estates Rosé 2019

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
5 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 89/100

Nothing says spring and summer like a delicious Rosé wine! This extra-dry wine from the Gretzky Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake is a great value and currently available at many of the LCBO outlets. An interesting blend of predominantly Pinot Noir with some Pinot Grigio and a touch of Gamay added in. Coppery pink in the bottle with aromas of white stone fruit and fresh wild strawberries. At 12% alcohol this is a light body wine that delivers on the palate. Fresh berries, cherry, and currant with some citrus tang and a medium to long finish. Tasted May 1/2021

80 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 88/100

Wayne Gretzky winemakers are making sure that Canada is well covered to taste his wines! Not only are there wines made in Niagara, Ontario but the "Great One" has branched out to British Columbia's Okanagan! This is an almost equally balanced dry blend of Cabernet Franc (55%) and Syrah (45%). On the nose there are notes of earth, menthyl, sour cherry, black pepper and black fruit that is fairly ripe. Flavours of sour cherry, black currant and that bite of black pepper. The tannins are smooth with medium acidity and a medium finish. Pair with some bbq sauce slathered ribs and visions of travel to the beautiful Okanagan Valley! Tasted February 2021

Whisky Oak Aged Red

Wayne Gretzky Estates Whisky Oak Aged Red 2019

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
85 days ago

Lori scored this wine: 89/100

The "Great One" is on a mission to make "great" wines and whiskey's - and this bottle is a marriage of the two. A blend of 47% Merlot, 34% Cabernet, 15% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc. Approximately 25% of the wine is aged in Red Cask whisky oak barrels. The whisky barrels give aromas of wood-smoke, tobacco and caramel combined with black fruit. The residual sugar is 9 g/l so some sweetness is evident on the palate with spice and ripe fruit. Acidity, tannins and fruit are all well balanced and the mouthfeel is soft. This is an easy sipper in front of a fireplace or would pair well with any grilled meats or a rich stew. Tasted February 2021.

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Tignanello - Marchesi Antinori

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First Wine

Chardonnay - what else!

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Unusual Wine Experience

VinItaly 2013 - 3 days with over 4,000 Italian wineries in one location!

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Current Fav Wine

Anything Italian

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