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Meg Charette

Meg Charette WSET ADV

Estate Grown

Painted Rock Estate Grown Syrah 2015

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

Meg scored this wine: 94/100

Aged for 18 months in 30% new oak of which 80% is French oak and 20% American oak. Aged in bottle for 2 years. Aromas have a pronounced intensity. Powerful notes of stewed blackberry and dried blackberry first dominate on the nose and palate. Other intense aromas soon begin to shine through the dominating blackberry; prunes, liquorice, black pepper, leather, dried leaves, sweet tobacco and charred wood. A dry, full bodied, rich and luscious Syrah with high acidity and high tannins. On the palate there is a warm tingling sensation from the high alcohol and intense black pepper. Powerfully long finish of rich, tannic blackberry.

Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2017

California, United States
167 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 83/100

A dry, medium bodied Pinot Noir with an interesting complexity. The range of aromas is quite diverse. Ripe red cherry, cranberry , plum skins, strongly dark cacao, slight candied note of Popeye candy sticks, soft oak, white pepper, subtle earthiness, and a nicely integrated smoked hickory note. A lot of similarities on the palate as on the nose. Mouth-watering mouth feel of tart plum skins with a slight tannic grip on the tongue and tickle of white pepper. A long earthy, red berry finish.

Henry of Pelham Winery Baco Noir 2018

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
190 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 83/100

A medium bodied, medium sweet wine. Beautiful dominating notes of juicy blueberry, blackberry and black cherry cola. Found on the nose and palate are also hints of vanilla, and smoked baking spices; nutmeg and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is lusciously rich and slightly grippy with soft silky tannins. Long finish of rich, juicy blueberry.

Henry of Pelham Winery Riesling 2017

Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
190 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 81/100

A light bodied, off dry wine. Dominating notes of fresh green apple, macintosh apple and juicy lemon. Subtle hints of peach pit and under ripe pear. Mouthfeel is very tart and mouthwatering. Moderately long, refreshing finish of green apple and lemon pith.

Old Soul

Oak Ridge Winery Old Soul Chardonnay 2016

Lodi, California, United States
448 days ago

Meg scored this wine: 94/100

This exquisite, old vine Chardonnay displays many layers that unravel and feed the senses on the nose and palate as it opens up. The first layer notably being rich vanilla coconut, which dominates all the way through from the first breath in on the nose, to the long lasting finish on the palate. As the wine continues to open up, more of a tropical fruit exposition hits, showing notes of banana, mango, melon, and papaya. Underneath all the tropical fruit layers, notes of oak, caramel and marzipan are found adding a great deal of complexity. After every breath and every sip more layers are uncovered. The final layer to this Chardonnay that initially appeared to be quite hidden, is a delicate bouquet of floral notes; chamomile and violet. Full bodied, medium-dry, with a desirable silky smooth mouth feel. An oily butteriness coats the tongue and cheeks, leaving its most dominate layer of a rich buttery vanilla coconut. Can be enjoyed with many different dishes, some being; ricotta stuffed cannelloni or an eggplant parmesan.

Meg Charette

Wine Blogger
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