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Matt Steeves

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Wismer Edgerock Vineyard

Icellars Estate Winery Wismer Edgerock Vineyard Syrah 2016

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 92/100

Icellars is excelling in the production of high quality red wines, which is earning them a reputation as one of the top fine wine producing wineries in Ontario. Their low production Syrah (145 cases) has a deceiving light ruby red appearance which bursts with expressive strawberry, smoky plum, black cherry, green peppercorn, olive, and baking spice. Incredibly well structured, with fine integrated tannins and that fresh cool-climate acidity which makes this wine a terrific candidate for rich braised dishes or grilled lamb with fresh ground pepper. Tasted September 2018. 92 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

13 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 93/100

This young Brunello would make a wonderful choice to introduce someone to the world of Brunello for it's value priced, ready for immediate enjoyment, and showcases many of the attributes one seeks in fine Brunello. A great balance of fruit, rustic, and savoury notes with smoky bacon, plum, fig, balsamic, and leather layered on the palate. Refreshing acidity with fine tannins that integrate perfectly showcasing the great structure so typical of wines from this storied Tuscan region. Enjoy now and over the next five years. Tasted June 2018. 93 points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

Black Sage Vineyard

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyard Merlot 2015

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

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Black Sage Vineyard 2015 Merlot: 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 - www.quercusvino.ca

Joy Premium Cuvée

Featherstone Joy Premium Cuvée Sparkling Rosé 2015

Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
26 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 90/100

Featherstone's Cuvée Joy Rosé is a fine example of the mineral-driven premium traditional method sparkling wines that Featherstone Winery is producing on the Twenty Mile Bench. Delicate strawberry, cherry, and rhubarb notes are supported by refreshing red fruit acidity and limestone minerality on the finish. Paired beautifully with watermelon, feta, and mint skewars in the summer sun. Tasted June 2017. 90+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca

33 days ago

Matt scored this wine: 88/100

Perfumed orchard and tropical fruits with cut grapefruit on the nose. Crisp orchard fruit and a creamy poached pear persisting on the finish. A wine perfectly suited for entertaining and enjoying with grilled pork tenderloin with an apple chutney, grilled fish with mango chutney, or simply on its own with good company. Tasted July 2018. 88+ points. Matt Steeves - www.quercusvino.ca Available winery direct and coming to LCBO September 15, 2018 - $18.95

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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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