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Matt Steeves

Matt Steeves Certified Sommelier

Grande Cuvée

13th Street Grande Cuvée 2013

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

Matt scored this wine: 94/100

13th Street Winery's Grande Cuvée 2013 is their ultra premium limited release Blanc de Noir (100% Pinot Noir) which is only produced in the finest vintages. Produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing, and benefitting from 60+ months lees aging, with no oak influence, thereby preserving the natural fruit characteristics, with the added complexity those five years of aging on the lees adds in the bottle both in terms of flavours, aromas, and texture. Golden Russet apples, wildflower honey, biscuit, and a hint of ginger on the nose and palate. Beautifully crafted, the structure and balance in this wine are exceptional - its mouthwatering freshness makes it a fine candidate for any rich and creamy dish, and its got many years of aging potential if you can resist the urge to enjoy. Drink 2020-2035. Tasted November 2020. 94+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Premier Cuvée

13th Street Premier Cuvée Sparkling 2014

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

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

13th Street Winery's Premier Cuvée 2014 is a beautiful expression of the fine sparkling wines their talented winemaker produces each and every year. Produced in a zero dosage style, making it extra crisp and refreshing - and what most come to love and expect with any premium sparking wine. The 2014 vintage is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, which benefitted from 48+ months lees aging, with no oak influence, thereby preserving the natural fruit characteristics, with the added complexity those four years of aging on the lees adds in the bottle. Crisp golden apple, biscuit, nutty notes, and a hint of honey on the nose and palate. Great structure with mouthwatering freshness making it a terrific choice to enjoy for any celebration and with a wide range of dishes, and a great candidate for medium term cellaring. Drink 2020-2030. Tasted September 2020. 92+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2018

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

Matt scored this wine: 96/100

Iconic Canadian Icewine producer, Inniskillin, is world-renowned for their luxurious Icewines, and their sparkling Vidal Icewine is completely next level, a textural experience like no other! Their rich and refreshing Vidal Icewine is further enhanced by endless microbubbles producing arguably the most refreshing dessert wine on the planet. Honey, candied pears, stone fruit, and baking spice on the nose and palate, this sparkling Icewine is loaded with decadent flavours that complement any dessert imaginable from honey-lavender crème brûlée to vanilla mousse chocolate cake or your favourite take-out, whether that be sweet, spicy and crispy General Tso's chicken or a foie gras poutine - you'll enjoy them all with this incredibly food-friendly wine. Highly recommended. Tasted December 2020. 96 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Signature Reserve

Kim Crawford Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand
37 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

Kim Crawford's 2018 Signature Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is a textbook expression of premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Expressive tropical and exotic fruits with great freshness highlighting the crisp mineral and textured finish. An outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, highly recommended. Enjoy with spicy Thai dishes, grilled fish tacos with cilantro and lime, or creamy cheeses with crackers as part of a charcuterie platter. Tasted December 2020. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

44 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Packed with layers of dark fruits, plum, enticing sweet spices, cedar, smoky and savoury notes, this is a terrific Cabernet to enjoy with a wide range of dishes - from Port-braised short ribs, beef tenderloin with blackberry coulis, or grilled beef tagliata with salsa verde. Tasted December 2020. 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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Winner World's Best Drink Writer
WFour-Time Winner James Beard Foundation
Five-Time Winner Association of Food Journalists
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