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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Sonoma County Dry Rosé

Simi Sonoma County Dry Rosé Rosé 2018

Sonoma County, California, United States
5 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

New to the LCBO and arriving in perfect time to enjoy on those warm summer days and evenings. Simi Sonoma Country Dry Rosé, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah, Tepranillo, and Graciano, from vineyards throughout Sonoma County, that captures and showcases the full range of expressive fruit from this premium California wine region. Fragrant cherry, fresh strawberry, a hint of lime, with dried herbs and candied cherry rounding out this tasty food-friendly wine. Enjoy with wood-fired pizza, grilled bruschetta with basil, strawberry spinach salad, and any grilled BBQ fare. Tasted July 2019. Great value! 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Pink Palette

13th Street Winery Pink Palette Rosé 2018

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

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

With its elegant fancy pink colour, the 13th Street winery 'Pink Palette' has a remarkable bottle appeal as it glamorizes any table. The visual appeal is complemented with inviting aromas of ripe sweet red fruit, cranberry, apple, and sweet cherry-rancher candy aromas. Refreshing with a creamy smooth texture, there's a subtle touch of sweetness that complements the dried cherry and herbs on the finish, making this wine a great choice for patio sipping and enjoying with charcuterie, grilled pork, lamb, or chicken, and fruity summer salads. Also makes a terrific F'rosé! Tasted June 2019. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd. Red Icon 2016

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

Matt scored this wine: 95/100

Painted Rock Estate Winery's flagship wine, Red Icon, showcases the high quality wines that proprietor, John Skinner, and consulting winemaker, Alain Sutre, are focused on crafting from this picturesque Penticton - Skaha Lake, Okanagan Valley winery. With an objective of crafting world-class ultra premium wines that showcase the unique terroir of the Okanagan Valley, and that go head to head with the finest wines in the world, Painted Rock is well on their way and once again with another stellar vintage, 2016 Red Icon is a gorgeous expression of this iconic Canadian wine. A blend of 44% Merlot, 21% Cab Franc, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Cab Sauv, and 7% Malbec. Deep ruby red with an opaque core, the nose shows rich black fruits, black plum, fresh figs, blueberry compote, dried fruit, and graphite. Full bodied with great structure, Red Icon has richness yet with remarkable freshness and elegance. A very supple texture reveals the harmonious balance between the ripe and savoury fruit along with the fresh acidity and silky smooth tannins, hallmarks of expert winemakers that not only grew the finest estate fruit but also executed a magnificent oak aging program with the perfect combination of new and neutral French oak to achieve this incredible expression of an Okanagan 'Bordeaux' red blend. Decant then enjoy with slow-roasted prime rib with a rich red wine jus. Cellaring, although not necessary, is certain to reward those with patience as this youthful wine will evolve and gain further complexity with age whilst preserving that harmonious balance as it approaches its optimal window of enjoyment. Drink 2019-2029. Tasted June 2019. 95 points. Matt Steeves – www.quercusvino.ca

Cuvée 13

13th Street Winery Cuvée 13 Rosé

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

Matt scored this wine: 91/100

13th Street Winery Cuvée Rosé is a blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, with a hint of Gamay Noir. Produced in the same labour intensive manner as Champagne, this traditional method sparkling wine offers incredible value for such a lovely wine. Dry with lively acidity and a fine palate cleansing mousse, it shines bright with expressive field berries, cran-apple, biscuit, and mineral notes. Perfect as an aperitif, or on it’s own, and made even better with smoked salmon, charcuterie plates, or fresh garden salads with strawberries. Such a versatile wine and terrific value for a traditional method sparkling wine. Enjoy now or cellar for a few extra years. Tasted March 2015, January 2016, and April 2017. A consistent 91 points each tasting. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Napa Valley

Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017

Napa Valley, California, United States
35 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

A beautiful Napa Chardonnay expression that bursts with grilled pineapple, pear, butterscotch, vanilla, and spice on the nose and palate. Rich with a creamy texture this Chardonnay is well suited to enjoy with grilled pork tenderloin with pineapple chutney, fettuccine with scallops & white wine sauce, chicken pot pie, or pan-seared scallops. Tasted June 2019. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

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Memorable Wine

1996 Chateau d'Yquem - a gift from my bro


First Wine

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


Unusual Wine Experience

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


Current Fav Wine

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

Winner World's Best Drink Writer
Four-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
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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