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L.J. Palmer

L.J. Palmer

7 hours, 13 minutes ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Deep ruby coloured wine with a pronounced aroma of dark fruit, cherry and plum, vanilla, sweet spice and violet. The wine is dry, balanced and with well integrated tannins. Tastes are of black plum and black cherry, with sweet spice and vanilla. It paired well with local pork sausage from Arc Acres Farm and typical cheese for tapas- Manchego and Iberico. The wine is also very pleasant when drunk on its own. This wine is very good value.

Vieilles Vignes Fitou

Château De Ségure Vieilles Vignes Fitou 2017

Fitou, Midi A.P., France
7 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 90/100

Deep garnet coloured wine with a pronounced aroma of ripe red fruit, dry herbs, balck plum, vanilla, red cherry and savoury spice. Smooth red fruit in the mouth, with plum, vanilla and herbs. A nicely balanced wine with integrated tannins. Paired well with grilled steak marinated in rosemary, garlic, lemon , black pepper and olive oil. The rosemary in the steak marinade complemented the herbal notes in the wine.


Bodega Toro Winery Centenario Malbec 2019

Mendoza, Argentina
17 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 88/100

Deep purple wine with a pronounced aroma of ripe plum, sweet red cherry, strawberry, maraschino cherry and a floral note (violet). A dry medium bodied wine, with short to medium length finish, that has balanced acidity and tannin. Lots of plum. red cherry, and maraschino cherry in the mouth. Very pleasant to drink on its own and will pair well with grilled lamb chops marinated in olive oil and rosemary.

20 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 91/100

Another excellent wine from the Niagara College Teaching Winery. The fruit for this wine was sourced from the Westcott Vineyard on Vinemount Ridge, a blend of the Burgundy clones 777 and 667. The fruit was allowed to ferment spontaneously, aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, then bottled by hand with no fining or filtration. The result is a medium ruby wine with a strong aroma of red cherries, strawberries, raspberries, a hint of sweet spice (nutmeg), with some forest floor, a floral note and vanilla. In the mouth the red fruits repeat, along with spice and vanilla. Tannins are firm but delicate and the acidity makes it very food friendly. The wine is dry, medium bodied and well suited to beef and mushroom dishes or grilled salmon. It is also a pleasant sipper on its own.


Niagara College Teaching Winery Balance Semi-Dry Riesling 2017

Lincoln Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula V.Q.A., Canada
27 days ago

L.J. scored this wine: 89/100

Pale lemon in colour with a fragrant nose featuring lime, lemon, white floral, pear and white grapefruit. A zesty, off dry, light bodied wine with a firm, food friendly acidity and a palate featuring lime, lemon, pear and white grapefruit. This wine is a very pleasant sipper on its own and works very well with grilled chicken or shellfish.

L.J. Palmer

Current Fav Wine

Cool climate Burgundian chardonnay

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