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Melanie Lloyd

Melanie Lloyd Certified Sommelier

Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Napa Valley, California, United States
29 minutes ago

Melanie scored this wine: 91/100

On the nose, this full-bodied Red has aromas of ripe blueberry and jammy cassis spread, with notes of menthol, cinnamon, violet, potpourri, cocoa, and hints of black pepper and vanilla. With flavours of cassis, plum, cinnamon, floral notes and cocoa, it has fresh acidity and velvety tannins that are well incorporated. At the finish there is a touch of oak and black pepper. A nice Californian wine! Tasted November 2018 Wine-Food Pairing: I paired this with roast beef and potatoes. It was delicious!

Karlo Estates Cabernet Franc 2016

Prince Edward County, Canada
35 minutes ago

Melanie scored this wine: 89/100

A medium-bodied Cab Franc with aromas of ripe srawberry, lilac, earthy beets, sweet spice, and herbal notes. It is also nicely rustic with a subtle hay barn quality. In terms of flavour, there is tart plum and chocolate with faint floral notes seeping through. It has wonderful acidity and the tannins are well integrated. The flavours linger. Wine-Food Pairing: Roasted duck or lamb.

25 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

What a treat! This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley has aromas of ripe raspberry, plum, violet, chocolate, cinnamon, black pepper and hints of vanilla bean. It is full-bodied, has smooth tannins, and fresh acidity on the palate with flavours of tart plum, juicy raspberry, subtle cedar and chocolate at the finish. Wine-Food Pairing: A pepper steak covered in mushroom sauce would be yummy with this wine. Tasted October 2018 at the Vina San Pedro wine tasting event.

25 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

A yummy full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley. Complex on the nose with aromas of plum, blackberry, autumn leaves, leather, cloves, tobacco, violet, chocolate, and black pepper. The dark tart fruit follows through on the palate, as well as sweet spice. Wine-Food Pairing: Braised beef. Venison. Tasted October 2018 at the Vina San Pedro wine tasting event.

Gran Reserva

Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Carmenère 2017

Maipo Valley, Chile
26 days ago

Melanie scored this wine: 90/100

This Carmenere comes from the Maipo Valley in Chile. It has a complex bouquet with aromas of raspberry, plum, violet, red pepper, leather, sweet spice, and cocoa. It is full-bodied with nice acidity and smooth tannins on the palate. It has tart plum, blackcurrant, and sweet spice flavours, as well as a lingering black pepper finish. Wine-Food Pairing: Lamb. Roasted pork. Tasted October 2018 at the Vina San Pedro wine tasting event.

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I love the tartness often associated with cool climate wines. Currently, I am loving Ontario wines, especially Pinot Noir and dry Riesling. I have a soft spot for Italian wine. I also love a wide range of sparkling wines, especially those made using the Champenoise method.

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