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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Robert Mondavi Chardonnay 2015

Napa Valley, California, United States
25 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

Sourced from the finest AVAs for Chardonnay throughout the Napa Valley, this expressive and richly textured Chardonnay shows the best of Napa Valley Chardonnay, at a great price. Grilled pineapple, pear, wildflower honey, toast, and fresh baked bread on the nose and palate. Full bodied, with a remarkable freshness, vivacity, and creaminess, that makes it a super star to enjoy with practically any dish you can imagine. Enjoy seafood, grilled poultry, and one of my favourites, Pear and Gorgonzola Cheese Pizza - a fantastic complementary pairing! Tasted February 2019. 91 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca.

25 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

2014 Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Alexander Valley, California.  This gorgeous Cabernet is packed with dark chocolate, figs, plum, sweet herbs, pipe tobacco, and fresh eucalyptus.  Beautifully balanced, this fresh and lively Cabernet has layers of dark fruits with silky smooth, well structured tannins. A very impressive Cabernet that's showing wonderfully now and will only gain further complexity over the next decade.  Tasted February 2019. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Field Blend

Tom Gore Field Blend 2014

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States
26 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Rich and succulent, this Sonoma County blend of 52% Petit Verdot, 28% Malbec, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tempranillo, and 3% Carignane, is bursting with brambleberry, cherry pie, clove, sweet tobacco, and graphite. Fresh and lively, it's elegant with a dense core of dark fruit, plums, and sweet clove persisting on the finish. Enjoy with charcoal grilled pork and enjoy 2019-2024. Tasted February 2019. 90+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Tom Gore Chardonnay 2016

California, United States
41 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

Tom Gore produces fantastic Chardonnay from coastal vineyards in the Golden State, California. Golden in colour and quality, this oaked Chardonnay shines bright with ripe tropical and tree fruits, with vanilla and toasty notes adding depth, complexity, and texture to this value priced gem. An outstanding Chardonnay for under $20, one that’s fantastic on its own or when paired with a wide range of dishes from grilled salmon, roasted poultry, BBQ fare, and autumn soups.Tasted February 2019. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Ravenswood Zinfandel 2016

Lodi, California, United States
55 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Iconic California Zin producer, known as the Godfather of Zin, Joel Peterson, founder of Ravenswood, has crafted some of the finest Zin for over four decades, and their Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel is a terrific value-priced example of the delicious wines they craft. A blend of 82% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, and 1% Alicante Bouschet, it’s fresh and expressive, luscious, robust and elegant with great harmony between the fruit, spice, and texture. The nose shows rich dark fruit, stewed plum, figs, chocolate, mocha, cedar, gingerbread, smoky bacon, and fresh herbs. Medium-full bodied with a refreshing velvety mouthfeel, with spicy black plum, field berries, black currant, and mocha on the palate. Perfect with stewed and braised dishes this winter and BBQ fare all year round. Tasted January 2019. 90+ points. Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca Released via Vintages January 2019 - $21.95

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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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