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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Serralunga d'Alba

Fontanafredda Serralunga d'Alba Barolo 2018

Serralunga D'alba, Piedmont D.O.C.G., Italy
3 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

Fontanafredda's Serralunga d'Alba Barolo is renowned for its approachability, great structure, and complex aromatic and flavour profile. Ruby with a garnet hue, this 2018 Barolo is showing wonderfully now with loads of red fruit, spice, earthy characteristics, hints of tar and minerality. Fresh, layered, with a long spicy fruit finish, it's showing beautifully now. Enjoy with creamy mushroom risotto with truffles or braised beef. Enjoy 2023-2030. Tasted November 2023. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Trinity Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

California, United States
3 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

Black cherry, dark plum, vanilla and sweet spices on the nose and palate. Trinity Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon is a crowd pleaser that delivers at a fantastic price! Enjoy with braised dishes and BBQ. Bonus feature: each bottle sold will see a tree planted in support of their environmental sustainability efforts. Tasted November 2023. 88 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Campo Viejo 2016

Rioja D.O.C.A., Spain
9 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

Established in 1959, Campo Viejo is Rioja's leading producer, and the 2016 Gran Reserva Rioja is prime example of the high quality and great value wines this Spanish winery is renowned for. Campo Viejo Rioja Gran Reserva 2016 is a blend of Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuela, sourced from old vine vineyards (35+ years old) throughout Rioja. Aged in barrel for two years followed by a minimum of three years in bottle prior to release, earning the Gran Reserva designation and making it ready for immediate enjoyment once released. Ruby red colour, the nose shows plum, dried fruits, currants, wood spice, forest floor, and leather. The palate repeats the rustic and refreshing character of the wine with great structure, elegant tannins, and a refreshing finish. Showing great complexity and balance now, it's primed to enjoy now and over the next decade with savoury dishes, stews, paella, and aged cheese. Tasted November 18, 2023. 92+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca


San Pedro 1865 Carmenère 2021

Maule Valley D.O., Chile
10 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

San Pedro's 1865 Selected Vineyards Carmenère is produced in Chile's Colchagua Valley, with influences from the Andes, Coastal Mountains, volcanic soils, and Mediterranean climate, it’s here where Chile’s signature varietal shines, benefiting from the warm days to ripen the grapes while the cool nights preserve the refreshing and spicy characteristics Carmenère is renowned for. Las Lagunas Carménère 2021 shows textbook Chilean Carmenère characteristics with blackberry, raspberry, green peppercorn, spice, and graphite minerality on the nose. Repeat on the palate with dark berries, green peppercorn spice and herbal notes persisting on the long and lightly textured finish. Enjoy this super value priced wine now and over the next few years with roasted rack of lamb and mint-basil pesto or grilled NY strip with salsa verde. Tasted November 2023. 90 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

St. Hugo Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2021

Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia
24 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

St. Hugo has been crafting fine wines since their first vintage in 1980. While Australia's Barossa Valley is renowned for Shiraz, Grenache has gained great attention and become a favourite varietal star as of late, contributing both floral and spicy characteristics in the wines. St. Hugo's GSM, is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro, which brings the best of the Barossa Valley in one elegant and inviting blend. The nose shows delicious dark plum, crushed raspberry, cherry, mocha, floral and graphite minerality notes. The palate highlights its elegant style, this GSM is yummy and light on its feet, showing great elegance and concentration, structure and impeccable balance. 2021 vintage was an exceptional vintage, arguably the best in 20 years, and St. Hugo GSM is a great representation of this fine vintage and one that is showing beautifully now and will shine bright the next 10+ years. Tasted November 2023. 93 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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Best Wine Literature Book Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
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