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Colin McKone

Colin McKone Sommelier

L.A. Cetto Petite Sirah 2020

Guadalupe Valley, Baja California, Mexico
51 days ago

Colin scored this wine: 88/100

It is not often in Ontario that you find a wine from Mexico but fortunately I was able to pick up a bottle with the latest vintages release. This Petite Sirah is deep purple in colour with aromas of plum, blackberry, smoke, vanilla and black pepper. It is full bodied with medium acidity and medium-high tannins. On the palate you get flavours of plum, black pepper and blackberry with a medium dark fruit finish. The flavours are enhanced if the wine is chilled as recommended. This will pair well with grilled red meat dishes. A great value wine at $15. Tasted on January 13, 2024.

287 days ago

Colin scored this wine: 92/100

Straw in colour with aromas of lychee, peaches, melon, rose and minerality. It is slightly off-dry, medium bodied with well balanced acidity and has flavours of peaches and melon on the palate. This will pair nicely with spicy dishes, Asian dishes as well as pork or chicken. A great qualify wine especially for the price. Tasted on May 20, 2023.

344 days ago

Colin scored this wine: 90/100

Purple in colour with aromas of black cherry, plum and black pepper. It is full bodied with full and well balanced acidity and tannins and is teaming with intense dark fruit and black pepper flavors. This will pair well at your next BBQ with steak, ribs or burgers. Tasted on March 26, 2023.

Purple Paradise

Chronic Cellars Purple Paradise 2020

Paso Robles, California, United States
372 days ago

Colin scored this wine: 91/100

Purple in colour with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, fig and dark chocolate. It is full bodied with well balanced tannins and acidity. On the palate get flavours of stewed blackberries and spice. This will pair well with grilled red meats or roast pork. Tasted on February 26, 2023.

Naoussa

Cavino Winery & Distillery Naoussa Xinomavro 2017

Peloponnese, Naoussa Pdo, Greece
392 days ago

Colin scored this wine: 88/100

Medium garnet in colour with aromas of raspberry, plum, back olives, all spice and tobacco. It is medium bodied with grippy tannins and mouth-watering acidity. On the palate you get flavours of stewed red berries, dried herbs and spices. This will pair well with strong cheese, cheesy pasta dishes, and red meats. An excellent bargain value. Tasted on February 5, 2023.

Colin McKone

Memorable Wine

Mike Weir Cabernet Merlot 2005, I enjoyed this wine so much I decided to try others which started my continuing journey with wine

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First Wine

A sparkling wine in 1984 that my Dad gave me after the Edmonton Oilers won their first Stanley Cup

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Unusual Wine Experience

Not a single experience but going back and trying wines I previously hated only to discover they were really good. I have discovered a lot of wine I love by giving them a second chance.

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Current Fav Wine

Norman Hardie Pinot Noir

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