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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

10 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

From one of the smallest countries in Europe comes this impressive traditional method sparkling wine by Bernard-Massard. Cuvée de l'Écusson Brut has been the winery's flagship wine since 1971, produced from their vineyards in Luxembourgh, nestled between France and Germany. The nose and palate show refreshing orchard fruit, apple tarts, and impressive minerality, making this sparkling wine a great choice both as an aperitif and at the dinner table. Serve chilled. Tasted January 2022. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

Top-notch Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that delivers pure varietal characteristics with zesty exotic fruit and refreshing minerality. Enjoy with rich and creamy dishes, spicy Asian cuisine, tomato salad with pickled walnuts and blue cheese. Tasted January 2022. 91+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Niro di Citra's Montepulciano D'Abruzzo is 100% Montepulciano (Italy's second most planted red varietal, after Sangiovese), and showcases those easy-going and great pairing characteristics that makes this super value-priced wine a fantastic choice for serving year round. Spicy dark fruits, black pepper, dried fruit, coffee, and smoky notes on the nose. The palate is refreshing with smoky dark plum persisting on the finish. Enjoy with braised dishes, creamy pasta with truffles, charcuterie, and your favourite pizza! Tasted January 2022. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

June's Vineyard

13th Street June's Vineyard Riesling 2019

Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

13th Street Winery's June's Vineyard Riesling, made from Alsatian old Clone 49 Riesling, shows a delicate yet complex bouquet of sweet orchard fruit, floral blossom, wild flower honey, petrol, and limestone minerality. The palate is crisp and linear with a slight sweetness on the mid palate. The finish showcases the racy acidity with wildflower honey and mineral notes persisting. Very versatile, this beautiful Ontario Riesling is a fantastic choice to enjoy with spicy Asian cuisine, Bavarian sausages and sauerkraut, and creamy cheeses. Tasted January 2022. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Unshackled

The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Red Blend 2019

California, United States
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

California is renowned for ripe and robust red wines, and Unshackled Red Blend 2019 is an outstanding example of a premium wine at a great price! Bold and beautiful, Unshackled Red Blend incorporates Zinfandel, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tannat, and Tempranillo, to produce a very complex and attractive wine showing smoky dark fruit, field berries, cherry Danish with a super creamy and smooth finish. A great wine to enjoy year round with hearty pasta dishes, smoked brisket, BBQ fare, and aged cheese, but equally great enjoyed on its own. Tasted January 2022. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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Memorable Wine

1996 Chateau d'Yquem - a gift from my bro

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First Wine

Probably a German Riesling or a Cali white blend, in a box, in the late 80s.

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Unusual Wine Experience

Chardonnay in the park. There's a great story to go along with that.

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Current Fav Wine

Really digging sparkling wines now as they're so dynamic and super versatile for food pairing.

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