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Matt Steeves

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Athene

Burrowing Owl Athene 2015

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
1 day, 12 hours 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

Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2015

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Deep ruby red, the nose shows dark plum, stewed cherries, mocha, smoky notes, and its namesake in spades, Black Sage – a hallmark of fine Okanagan Merlot. Silky smooth and very inviting with layers of dark chocolate, plum, and black cherry persisting on the finish. This luscious wine pairs beautifully with braised dishes, smoked brisket, and gourmet burgers. Tasted September 2018. 90 points. Matt Steeves – http://www.quercusvino.ca

Château des Charmes Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
16 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Chateau des Charmes' estate grown and bottled Sauvignon Blanc is a fantastic example of the fine mineral-focused Sauvignon Blanc being produced by this iconic Ontario winery. Herbaceous, with fresh tropical and exotic fruits on the nose and palate, the impressive minerality which persists on the finish resembles that of other fine Sauvignon Blanc priced substantially higher. A fantastic bargain-priced wine! Highly recommend. Tasted October 2018. 90+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

16 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 89/100

A fantastic value-priced Ripasso sourced from high in the hills of Marano in the Valpolicella wine region of Italy. Ripasso is produced by passing the fresh Valpolicella wine over the skins of the freshly pressed appassimento/dried Amarone grape skins, the result is fresh and layered wine that shows dried fruit, dark cherry, and spice on the nose and palate. Great with rich dishes, pasta, and BBQ fare. Tasted October 2018. 88+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Four Feathers

Featherstone Four Feathers 2017

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Featherstone's Four Feathers blends four cool climate white grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and a splash of Gewürztraminer, in one fragrant, creamy, and refreshing wine that's both super versatile and super value priced. Pale straw in colour, it's loaded with sweet orchard and tropical fruits, fragrant floral blossom, and sweet wildflower honey notes. Its creamy texture and subtle sweetness makes it ideally suited for enjoying with spicy Asian cuisine, smoky BBQ fare, creamy seafood pasta dishes, and a wide range of appetizers. At $14.95 this wine offers terrific value! Enjoy 2018-2020. Tasted October 2018. 90+ 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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