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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Charlotte's Home

Rodney Strong Wine Estates Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sonoma County, California, United States
7 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

This value-priced Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California, is chalked full of tropical and exotic fruits with a refreshing hint of herbal notes, making it a true crowd pleaser and a great wine to pair with a wide range of dishes from fish tacos, salads, seafood pasta, or simply with a friend and good conversation. Produced in a very approchable style, with delicoius fruit on the palate and just a hint of herbal notes, makes it a great option for a go-to house white, given its versatality and easy-going style. If you know a Charlotte, that loves white wine, look no further than Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc. Tasted November 2019. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

7 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

This value-priced Niagara Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend spent part of it's barrel aging in Whisky barrels which enhances its flavour, texture, and crowd pleasing appeal. Look for rich dark fruit, black cherry, clove, chocolate and sweet vanilla on the finish. Enjoy with BBQ fare, spare ribs, chili, and spicy dishes all winter long. Tasted October 2019. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Nova 7

Benjamin Bridge Nova 7 Sparkling 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada
17 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

Benjamin Bridge has been making a real fizz in the sparkling wine scene over the past decade and a half. This Nova Scotia (Canada) based winery is producing sparkling wines that rival those from Champagne and other storied wine regions around the world. A combination of ideal terroir for producing crisp and complex cool climate grapes, along with creative winemaking expertise, has resulted in world-class sparkling wines, unlike no others given their unique tidal terroir, each and every vintage. There’s a tendency to compare Nova 7 to Italy’s Moscato d’Asti, given its gentle effervescence and off-dry low alcohol style, but I must say Nova 7 is in a league of its own. Crisper, perfectly balanced, more complex, and loaded with refreshing minerality, Nova 7 is unlike no others, and many Canadians have caught on to this. Nova 7 continues to gain popularity as Canada’s favourite wine. In its twelfth vintage now, the 2018 shows a very faint copper colour with the characteristic aromas of sweet honey suckle, marigold blossoms, asian pear, and fresh stone fruit. Lightly effervescent, the mid-palate shows creamy and sweet orchard fruit and fresh ginger, all backed with crisp and refreshing acidity on the long finish. Beautifully balanced, this off-dry wine is beautifully balanced with mouthwatering acidity and refreshing minerality making it a great choice for east coast seafood appetizers, sushi, tart berry desserts, or simply to enjoy on its own. Tasted September 2019. 94 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Reserve

Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

To Kalon Vineyard, Oakville, Napa Valley, California, United States
44 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 96/100

To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley's world-renowned first-growth (quality) vineyard, is the birthplace of Robert Mondavi's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Now in its fifth vintage, this impressie wine showcases all the hallmarks of this prestigious vineyard, making it an ideal wine to now and for decades to come. Grapes for the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from the finest blocks throughout To Kalon Vineyards, with individual bunches hand harvested at perfect ripeness, after which they were hand sorted, then only the finest individual berries selected. Nothing but the finest fruit made its way into this ultra premium wine, and the finished product tells that story with impressive flavour, texture, and harmony. A blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon with 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petite Verdot, this wine is muscular, rich, and concentrated with huge structure and loads of dark fruits and sweet spice. Currently very youthful with beautiful balance, elegance, and harmony that will last the test of time and be preserved over the next 30+ years while it evolves in bottle. Enjoy with fine cuts of grilled beef, such as Rib Eye with Bordelaise sauce. Tasted September 2019. 96 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Red Tail

Featherstone Winery Red Tail Merlot 2017

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

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

Featherstone's Red Tail Merlot pays homage to the winery's use of falconry to protect their (delicious) crop from swarms of grape eating birds. In fact, Featherstone Estate Winery is the only Ontario winery to embrace this eco-friendly crop management practice, which not only helps them produce great grapes but is also very cool to witness in action. 2017 Red Tail is 100% Merlot from Featherstone Vineyard in the Niagara Peninsula. It's an easy-going and very approachable red that showcases Featherstone's soft and fruity Merlot with tangy cherry, plum, and herbs persisting. For ready to enjoy wines like Red Tail I recommend enjoying it now with roast pork, Thanksgiving meals, artisanal cheese, or on its own. Tasted September 2019. 88 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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