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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

8 hours, 8 minutes ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

From Sicily's Mount Etna region (Etna Rosso DOC) which produces very exceptionally unique and complex wines from its volcanic soils, like Donnafugata's Sul Vulcano. Medium ruby with a garnet hue, the nose is intriguing showing a complex bouquet of savoury berries, graphite, iodine, and pepper. Medium bodied, the palate is soft and refreshing with cherry, strawberry, plum, and mineral notes persisting on the long finish. Tasted November 2022. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Reserve

Inniskillin Reserve Cabernet Franc 2018

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Inniskillin's Reserve Cabernet Franc 2018 is a wonderful expression of the elegant, complex, and balanced cool-climate Cab Franc coming from the Niagara region. Ripe, earthy, herbal, with impressive graphite minerality on the finish - enjoy this expressive wine with lambchops and rosemary or varied charcuterie boards. Tasted November 2022. 90+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Cabernet Franc 2018

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

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

Burrowing Owl 2018 Cabernet Franc is a great expression of premium Okanagan Cab Franc. Deep colour, the nose is fresh with sweet dark berries, kirsch, and herbal notes. The palate shows layers of dark fruit with savoury elements, including pepper, graphite, underbrush and earthy notes. Enjoy this wine over the next five years with roasts and mushroom risotto. Tasted November 2022. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

June's Vineyard

13th Street June's Vineyard Riesling 2020

Creek Shores, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
14 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 very slight sweetness on the mid palate. The finish showcases the racy acidity with wildflower honey, citrus zest, 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 October 2022. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Willamette Valley

La Crema Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2019

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United States
14 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

La Crema's Willamette Valley Pinot is sourced from 8 vineyards across four sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley which results in a very complex and representative premium Oregon Pinot. The inviting bouquet draws you in with dark cherry, plum, baking spices, cured meat, and a hint of mineral/earthiness. Medium-full bodied, this Pinot shows great freshness, with dark cherry and raspberry tarts on the long finish. Enjoy now and over the next 5 years with classic roasted rack of lamb, bœuf bourguignon, or pan-fried venison with blackberry sauce. Tasted November 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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