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Carolyn Hetke

Carolyn Hetke

57 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 93/100

Valdivieso is the oldest producer of sparkling wine in Chile. This traditional method sparkling is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir with no dosage. Valdivieso's experience and attention to detail is apparent in this elegant example. The experience starts on the pour with a very fine, elegant mousse. Beautifully balanced, well structured and fresh on the palate. The yeasty notes on the nose and palate give way to hints of apple and pear. The long finish culminates in a delightful lingering touch of ginger and spice. This beauty would go well with any fish,seafood, mild dishes or cheeses but is perfect on its own. Watch for this one in the LCBO April 2019.

65 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 92/100

This 100% Syrah sourced wholey from Limari Valley is a tour de force. Inky black in the glass, it opens up to a lifted peppery nose. At 15% alcohol it is a bit hot on the nose but overall this full-bodied syrah is smooth on the palate with fine tannins. Cherry and blackberries notes emerge on the palate ahead of an pleasant, spicy finish with excellent length. This wine would pair well with beef, lamb or game and strong cheeses.

65 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 87/100

2014 This 100% cabernet sauvignon has been given just a light oaking - 3 months. The nose has some leather and smoke. It is lighter on the palate than the nose might suggest, which was a bit of a nice surprise. Smooth with very light tannins, this simple wine would be a pleasant sipper. Enjoy with charcuterie or burgers.


Valdivieso Éclat 2010

Maule Valley, Chile
65 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 90/100

Vigno is a self-imposed quality designation by a number of Maule Valley winemakers specializing in old vine, dry farmed Carignan from the Maule Valley. This in an effort to differentiate their quality driven production from the bulk producers. The Eclat 2010 is a good representation of their efforts! A blend of 65% Carignan from vines 70 years old and 35% Mourvedre, this wine is an inky black in the glass. I has a beautiful nose of tobacco and smoke with a hint of violets no less. It is easy on the palate with soft tannins and rich dark fruits. There is a slight greenness on the medium length finish. This would stand up well to stews and dishes cooked low and slow. Drink now.

65 days ago

Carolyn scored this wine: 94/100

2015 If the 2105 Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc is an expression of Leyda Valley's terroir then I hope they have given a good percentage of production over to Sauvignon Blanc! You would be hard pressed to identify this an outlier from a lineup of premium New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It is all there... intense aromas of green grass, lemongrass and yes.. cat pee.This medium weight wine is smooth and balanced.All the promise of the aromas carry through to the palate and are complemented with a taut salinity. A respectable and haunting finish. If you see this on a restaurant wine list snap it up. We can only hope it makes it way to the LCBO shelves one day as well.

Carolyn Hetke

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Memorable Wine

A Chateaneuf du Pape we had with dinner at Chateau des Fines Roches. I admit the ambiance probably had a lot to do with the 'memorable' part!


First Wine

Probably Baby Duck but in all fairness it would have been at the kid's table at Christmas!


Unusual Wine Experience

Exploring an organic Tuscan winery where there was literally inches of mould on the bottles.


Current Fav Wine

Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux.....That is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child!

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