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Daniel O'Keefe

Daniel O'Keefe

50 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 90/100

Surprised but delighted to see a single varietal Cabernet Franc coming out of Mendoza, Argentina, and into the Ontario, Canada market. This CF is a shade of dark purple. Bouquet leads with elegant oak and rich dark coffee, followed by fresh dark fruit, menthol, and gentle herbal suggestions. Firm acidity and tannins to go along with a full body. Perhaps a touch young, enjoy with goat cheese burgers in another year or two.

Signos De Origen La Cantera

Emiliana Signos De Origen La Cantera Garnacha Mourvèdre Syrah 2015

Colchagua Valley D.O., Chile
50 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 90/100

A Rhone-style GSM blend from organic producer Emiliana of Chile. Syrah leads with bold tannins, firm acidity, and ripe black cherry and plum before its blending partners soften the impact and round out the nose and palate. Fruit first with cherry and strawberry before balanced oak. Palate leads with fruit before tobacco smoke appears on the finish. The tannins and acids make this an ideal candidate matching with steak with mushrooms and pepper sauce. 52% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and 23% Syrah.

Valley Of The Moon Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Sonoma County, California, United States
50 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 87/100

Exhibits dark fruit notes of plum, blackberry, and black cherry over oak, vanilla, and cedar. Also an interesting but not unpleasant cream soda aromatic. Nicely structured with bold Cabernet Sauvignon tannins, full body, and balanced acidity. An easy match with grilled red meats, especially lamb chops.

50 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 87/100

A lighter shade of red, this Valpolicella exhibits a combination of fresh red fruit and dark fruit aromas with underlying herbal and spice notes. Stylistic high acid and medium body with softer tannins. The lighter tannins don't detract from the food friendly nature of this wine, which would be delightful with pastas with red sauces and chicken parmesan.

Fifth Empire

Destino Fifth Empire 2015

Douro D.O.C., Portugal
50 days ago

Daniel scored this wine: 89/100

Notes of fresh dark fruit, black cherry, black berry, and a little red cherry too. Nine months of French oak aging provides pleasant accents of baking spice and smoke. Generous acidity and tannins, good structure, suitable for short to mid-term aging. A pretty nice red blend that will complement roasted pork and chanfana, a dish of goat, white pepper, and paprika.

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Memorable Wine

Foreign Affair Cabernet Franc 2004

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First Wine

Wayne Gretzkey Chardonnay

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Unusual Wine Experience

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

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Current Fav Wine

Riesling, always Riesling!

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