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Daniel O'Keefe

Daniel O'Keefe

Château Du Grand Caumont 2016

Corbières, Midi A.P., France
2 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 88/100

Broad nose encompassing an array of aromas including fresh black cherry, dark fruit, spices and dried herbs, violet, cedar, and a note that brings me back to working harvests, freshly harvested red grapes on the crush pad. This blend of Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache is accessible with good acidity and soft tannins with grip on the finish. Ripe dark fruit flavours with a subdued earthy undertone. Tremendous value at $13.95, worth picking up a few bottles to enjoy the evolution over the next two to four years. Serve with beef and pork roasts, meat lasagna, or mushroom risotto.

3 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 87/100

Bright red fruit aromas of cranberry, cherry, and pomegranate. Typical structure with high acid, medium body, and light tannins. Red fruit accented by oak spice in the finish. True to style, good value, and highly food friendly, this Pinot will work wonders with tuna steaks, beet root and goat cheese terrine, and roasted pork with garlic and rosemary.

Le Perréon

Domaine De La Madone Le Perréon 2017

Beaujolais A.C., France
3 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 92/100

Ripe wild strawberry, strawberry jam, and raspberry intertwine with black pepper and violet. Soft tannins with gentle grip, bright and fresh acidity, and ample body. Ripe red fruit and dark fruit, especially raspberry and blackberry, dominate the palate and finish while allowing replays of pepper and violet. An excellent example of the style well suited to seared duck breast with cherries and figs, steak frites, or a spread of French charcuterie and cheeses.

Château Le Boscq 2015

Saint-Estèphe, Bordeaux A.C., France
3 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 93/100

Ripe and fruity with a deep and complex bouquet. Exquisite balance of fruit and oak, both vibrant, yet harmonious. Black cherry and plum before the nose is graced by a whiff of violet. Then the oak moves in with classic vanilla, clove, and barrel spices. An intoxicating perfume finished with fruit leather and freshly baked berry crumble. Fresh acidity and bold though fine-grained tannins. Palate is broad, echoing the nose in style and complexity. Finish is long with an encore of dark fruit and toasty oak. A very fine wine, crafted from approximately equal volumes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and a pinch of Petit Verdot, drinking well in its youth. The best is yet to come. Imagine this in 2025 when the tertiary elements start to come into form and add another dimension to this already multifaceted wine. Enjoy with a fine cut of beef, roasted vegetables, fresh bread, and someone who can appreciate a wine of this calibre.

4 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 91/100

Leads with lemon and fresh cut grass before subtle pineapple and tropical fruits show through. There's a gentle note of butter in the bouquet as well. Extra dry and crisp with mouthwatering acidity. Delicate flavours of white peach and pineapple on the palate, with more peach on the finish, as well as pleasant minerality. Sourced from vines grown in two soils: terres blanches for texture, and caillottes for aromatics. A charming combination for a layered wine. Go classic: shellfish or Loire goat cheese.

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