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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

The Grinder Pinotage 2016

Swartland W.O., South Africa
32 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

The Grinder Pinotage 2016 from South Africa, Western Cape, shows expressive espresso, mocha, vanilla, and stewed cherry notes. Repeat on the palate. Big flavour, great structure. This is an intense wine that commands big flavoured dishes. Gourmet burgers, ground coffee rubbed tenderloin, beet salad with goat cheese and fresh ground pepper would all be fantastic with this wine. Coffee-styled Pinotage are very popular in South Africa and can be attributed to the incredibly heavy toasted oak barrels that play the largest role in contributing those coffee and mocha aromas and flavours. Since this style hit the market roughly 15 years ago it has attracted a loyal following around the world, and is a favourite at the LCBO. Tasted December 2018. 89 points. Great value! Now a Vintages Essential product. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Sonvida Malbec Reserve 2015

Paraje Altmira, Mendoza, Argentina
33 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

This single vineyard expression of Mendoza Malbec showcases exactly how well structured, complex, and delicious premium Malbec can be, especially those from the high altitude (+1km a.s.l.) Paraje Altamira GI, a region renowned for producing the finest Argentinian Malbec. Deep ruby red with an opaque core, the nose shows sweet Damson plum, blackberry, mocha, graphite, pipe tobacco, and sous bois. The palate is rich and concentrated with dark berries, blueberry, Damson plum, cacao, and leather on the finish. An exceptional wine that is showing beautifully now and will only gain further complexity over the next 5-10 years. Enjoy with Matambre (Argentinian stuffed flank steak) or Tira de Asado (Argentinian-Style Grilled Beef Ribs) - both terrific pairings! For $30, the 2015 SonVida Special Reserve Malbec offers great value. Tasted December 2017. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

37 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

This complex value-priced Chianti is bursting with dark cherry, dried fig, clove, fine leather, and graphite. The palate is smooth, layered, and refreshing making it ideally suited with rich braised dishes, grilled rib steak, or aged cheddar. Enjoy 2018-2024. Tasted November 2018. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Columbia Crest

H3 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Horse Heaven Hills, Washingon State, United States
39 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

There's no surprise that this is Washington State's best selling Cabernet at the LCBO, as it offers great value in a very crowd-friendly style. Chalked full of sweet dark fruit, black currant, black cherry, plum and graphite. Expressive, refreshing, and silky smooth, all the hallmarks of a wine perfectly suited for entertaining, and equally great when paired with tangy BBQ fare, stews, or spicy chili. Tasted December 2018. 89 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvio.ca - on sale at LCBO in December 2018 for $16.95 CDN


Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Athene 2015

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

Matt scored this wine: 95/100

This beautiful Okanagan blend showcases the strength, elegance, and harmony of Burrowing Owl's premium wines. A blend of 58% Cabernet Sauvignon and 42% Syrah, from Burrowing Owl's estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench, it's deep and concentrated with layers of dark fruits, sweet spices, and an elegant yet rich texture. The wine was aged for 18 months in a blend of 71% French, 23% American and 6% Hungarian oak, with only 17% new oak, then bottled unfiltered, and the result is pure Black Sage Bench expression of these two remarkable varietals that together are far greater than they'd be on their own. A testament to the winemaking genius of Burrowing Owl's team, that produced a truly remarkable wine from the outstanding 2015 vintage. Tasted November 2018. 95 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.

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