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Jennifer Havers

Jennifer Havers WSET Level 3


Mission Hill Family Estate Oculus 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
829 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 Road 13 2013

Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
543 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. This wine would benefit from 1-2 hours decanting, or you could cellar it for 5+ years. 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
361 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.

Bricco Rocche

Ceretto Bricco Rocche Barolo 1996

Piedmont, Italy
186 days ago

Jennifer scored this wine: 94/100

Beautiful! Tasted in 2020, and this wine is still showing a lot of life. Aromas of red cherry, dried raisin, leather and red clay. Medium-full bodied on the palate, still with a lot of vibrant acidity and dry, grippy tannins. Fruit on the palate is dry and ripe, with red berry notes, and earthy, leathery, dusty hints, and a dry, lingering finish. Enjoy with lamb or veal.


Checkmate Artisanal Winery Attack Chardonnay 2014

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

Jennifer scored this wine: 94/100

Just a stunning, beautiful wine! Aromas are well balanced and integrated, including notes of golden apple, pear, toffee and honey, and warm spice with a hint of wet stone minerality. Full bodied on the palate, with bright acidity (medium+ or high-), creamy mouthfeel, ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours, along with a honeyed sweetness and a mineral note along with a lengthy finish. Enjoy with creamy lobster pasta with hints of citrus.

Jennifer Havers

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Memorable Wine

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


First Wine

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


Current Fav Wine

Hinterland Blanc de Blancs from Prince Edward County, Ontario

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