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Jennifer Havers

Jennifer Havers WSET Level 3

Oculus

Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1473 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 96/100

Just a stunning wine! Aromas of black fruit and berry, violet, cedar smoke, cocoa, and warm spice. Full bodied, well-integrated tannins that are smooth but still offer some structure. More smoky and spicy on the palate, with some dark fruit on the finish, which is lengthy. Enjoy with special friends and and celebrations.

5th Element

Road 13 Vineyards 5th Element 2013

Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
1187 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 95/100

Stunning, from one of Canada's top wineries! 45% Merlot 18% Syrah 19% Cab Sauv 13% Cab Franc 5% Petit Verdot, grown primarily in the Similkameen. Aromas of currant, blueberry, leather, smoke and dried herbs. Full bodied with well structured tannins, and nicely balanced ripe black fruit on the palate. More spice and leather on the finish. Tasted in 2021 again this wine would benefit from 1-2 hours decanting, or you could cellar it for 5+ years further. Pair with braised beef short ribs or a grilled steak.

Niagara Estate

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Niagara Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine 2017

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada
1005 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 95/100

Wow! One of the most decadent wines I've ever tried. Icewine is a specialty in Canada and this is a flagship example. Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested in freezing temperatures and crushed immediately to extract the concentrated juice inside the grapes. What is awesome about this wine is the balance. For an incredible sweet wine, you never feel like it's too much, there is a nice backbone of acidity cutting through luscious flavours of strawberry compote and baked rhubarb. There is a richness on the palate, and a bit of a bite on the finish, almost like a heat of alcohol, although the wine is only 9.5% ABV. Truly lovely. Enjoy after a decadent meal by the fire. No other accompaniment is needed.

Kronos Vineyard

Corison Winery Kronos Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
400 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 95/100

This gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the vineyard "Kronos" named for the mythical titan. This wine is strong and powerful, also showing lovely balance and tons of flavour. Aromas of black currant, raspberry, and black cherry with notes of mocha, smoke, and spice. Full bodied on the palate, with restrained but balancing acidity, soft, but persistent tannins, and vibrant dark berry and fruit notes, along with a lengthy, lingering finish with soft smoke and spice hints. Beautiful! Another brilliant option to pair with a lovely grilled steak.

M by Michael Mondavi 2016

Napa Valley, California, United States
253 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 95/100

Stunning wine! This is showcasing the best and most premium of Mondavi's vineyards, all hand harvested. Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with notes of mocha, eucalyptus, and spice. Full bodied with firm tannins, and medium+ acidity on the palate. Decant for at least an hour. Fruit on the palate is ripe leaning slightly to dried, and there are some spicy and slight mineral hints of a dry, lengthy finish. Perfect to celebrate a special occasion, with a premium steak perfectly grilled, or with rich beef Wellington.

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Memorable Wine

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon, at the winery

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First Wine

Not sure but probably homemade - or something from Jost back home in Nova Scotia

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Current Fav Wine

Hinterland Blanc de Blancs from Prince Edward County, Ontario

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