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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Sandbanks Estate Winery Rosé 2019

Prince Edward County, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
2 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

This local Rosé is fresh, balanced, completely crushable, with a creamy texture that persists on the long finish. Enjoy throughout the year with BBQ, seafood pasta, spicy cuisine, or with a book in front of a fire. Highly recommend checking out this local Ontario winery and their value-priced wines. A buy-by-the-case wine! Tasted October 2020. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Portfolio

Laughing Stock Vineyards Portfolio 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC V.Q.A., Canada
2 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

Laughing Stock's Portfolio brings the best of the Naramata Bench and Osoyoos together in their flagship (Bordeaux) red blend. 2017 combines 48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and 2% Petit Verdot to produce an expressive, fresh and balanced wine that's showing wonderfully now and will evolve beautifully over the next decade. Full bodied with soft tannins, this layered wine shows dark berries, plum, black cherry, cassis, fresh herbs, including Okanagan Black Sage, sweet tobacco, and hints of anise. Enjoy 2020-2030 with savoury roasts, firm cheeses, and mushroom risotto. Tasted October 2020. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Schrader Cellars Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Oakville, Napa Valley, California, Usa
6 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 95/100

Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who's renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer, Schrader Cellars. Thomas Rivers Brown sources the fruit for Double Diamond from the finest Oakville sites, including iconic To Kalon vineyards, where many of Napa's finest wines are born. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Double Diamond 2018 shows the hallmarks of the best Napa Cabernet in a value-priced offering, making this an absolute buy-by-the-case wine! 2018 Double Diamond is chalked full of delicious blueberry tarts, mocha, sweet tobacco, and hints of graphite. Outstanding balance, its richness is counterbalanced by fresh acidity, producing an elegant albeit powerful Cabernet primed for immediate enjoyment but patience will pay dividends too. Enjoy 2020-2015. Tasted October 2020. 95 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Schrader Cellars Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Oakville, Napa Valley, California, Usa
6 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 96/100

Double Diamond Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted by the talented Napa winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, who's renowned for his role producing numerous 100 point wines with iconic Napa producer, Schrader Cellars. Thomas Rivers Brown sources the fruit for Double Diamond from the finest Oakville sites, including iconic To Kalon vineyards, where many of Napa's finest wines are born. Double Diamond shows the best of Napa in a modestly priced offering, it's simply outstanding! This Napa red shows sweet currant, baking spices, fragrant clove, tobacco, and herbs. The palate is rich with great freshness and a harmonious texture, hallmarks of fine To Kalon fruit and indicative of the decades of aging potential Double Diamond has, but why wait when it's showing so perfect now! Enjoy over the next couple decades with braised dishes. Tasted October 2020. 96 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Heritage Vintage Edition

Mouton Cadet Heritage Vintage Edition 2017

Bordeaux A.C., France
6 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

An expressive Merlot-dominant blend with 8% Cabernet Sauvignon nd 7% Cabernet Franc providing additional aromatic and textural complexity to this storied and value-priced Bordeaux red. The nose shows savoury red and dark fruits, along with herbs, underbrush, and cured meat. Enjoy with grilled rack of lamb, rib steak, and firm aged cheese. Tasted October 2020. 89+ 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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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
Six-Time Winner Bert Greene Award
Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Online Writer of the Year Louis Roederer International Wine Writing Award