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Daniel O'Keefe

Daniel O'Keefe

St. Hubertus Pinot Blanc 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia V.Q.A., Canada
11 hours, 41 minutes ago

Daniel scored this wine: 89/100

Ripe peach, apricot, and banana on the nose transfer to the palate, but share the spotlight with minerality and fresher stone fruit notes. Very crisp and zesty, the lively acidity feeling almost mildly effervescent. The back palate features some pleasant texture and substance, while the finish has even greater concentration than the nose. This is quite good and will pair nicely with turkey, many salads, and vegetable dishes.

Tollgate Chardonnay 2016

Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
11 hours, 51 minutes ago

Daniel scored this wine: 88/100

Pleasant nose leading with sweet vanilla, caramel, and smoke, followed by subtle tropical fruits. Moderate acidity with hints of butter, not in a dominant manner. A mildly textured palate that starts with good tropical fruit before strong oak takes over and lasts through the finish. This will do nicely with creamy pastas, grilled chicken breasts, or a cheese and mushroom pizza.

Cave Spring Estate Gewürztraminer 2016

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
4 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 91/100

A highly floral and spicy nose leading with rose hip and ginger before massive fruit notes including lychee, ripe/poached pear. Despite the hot vintage, acidity is balanced and pleasing, and when combined with a mildly viscous texture, creates a layered mouthfeel equal in complexity and intrigue to the concentrated and nuanced nose. Texture persists into the finish alongside exotic spices and ripe fruits. This dry Gewurztraminer will pair well with duck, pork, and crab, especially with a touch of spice.

Cave Spring Estate Riesling 2017

Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
8 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 90/100

Quite floral with citrus blossom and honeysuckle off the hop, followed by lime, lime candy, honey, highly ripe green apple, and the first hints of petrol. A dry and zesty Riesling with a little pleasant texture on the palate. Good flavour with potent floral and tropical fruit notes persisting through the long finish. Cave Spring Cellars perennially produces strong Riesling up and down their portfolio, and this is no exception. Enjoy with fish and shellfish, roast chicken and turkey, and grilled pork dishes.

Les Fiefs De Lagrange

Château Lagrange Les Fiefs De Lagrange 2010

Saint-Julien, Bordeaux A.P., France
27 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 89/100

A lovely dark ruby colour gives way to an interesting nose including fresh black cherry, plum, dried hot peppers, violet, and juniper, with mild hints of spices and herbs. Tannins are chalky and chewy with bright acidity to provide some lift. Fresh dark fruit flavours with cedar and earthy hints. Just a slight tingle of oak spice between the fruits. A strong effort that will pair nicely with a classic beef roast, potatoes, and veggies.

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Wayne Gretzkey Chardonnay

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Old, dry, and oxidative Niagara Riesling with lasagna. Somehow, it worked really well.

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