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Terroir

Strewn Winery Terroir Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Niagara, Ontario V.Q.A., Canada
147 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 88/100

Located only minutes from the heart of Niagara-on-the Lake, Strewn winery has been committed to producing “quality first” Ontario wine for almost 8 decades. Their 2016 Fumé Blanc is comprised of Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have spent 8 months sitting on lees in oak barrels. On the nose aromas of grass, green pepper, fresh herbs, lemon, pear and fresh grass greet you. On the palate the wine is dry and fresh with flavours of lemon, lime, pear, grass, fresh herb, white pepper, mandarin orange and vanilla. The alcohol lever is 14.5% however it is very well integrated and well-balanced making for a smooth and easy drinking wine. An Ontario Sauvignon Blanc with a nod to France, this would pair well with breaded filet of sole and asparagus salad.

147 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 90/100

The wines of San Pedro are a tribute to Corea Brothers who founded the vineyard back in 1865. The vines are located close to the seaside in Valle De Leyda Chile, allowing for the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current to naturally help the 100% Sauvignon grapes used develop into a vibrant and fresh wine. Bright and lively aroma’s lime, grapefruit, lemon, gooseberry, asparagus, green grass, a little minerality and a touch of pineapple abound. On the palate the wine is dry and crisp with zippy notes of citrus, oregano, thyme, fresh grass and a white flower. A good drink now Sauvignon Blanc that would work very well with goat cheese appetizers or grilled margarita infused scampi.

Aconcagua Costa

Errázuriz Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2018

Aconcagua Costa, Chile
148 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 91/100

The Aconcagua region of Chile benefits from cooling influences from both the Andes Mountains as well as morning fog that blows in off the Pacific Ocean. Combined with complex soil characteristics this is a region that can produce very food wine. This Erraruriz is made from 100% hand picked Chardonnay grapes that were whole-cluster pressed and cold fermented in Stainless steel – done to preserve the fruit characteristics of the grape. On the nose we find lime, pink grapefruit, lemon, green apple, white flower and a little butter. We also notice a bit of “funk” (likely due to the partial wild yeast fermentation employed) as well as some mineral notes (which can be attributed to the slate/schist soil in which the grapes were grown). On the palate it is dry, bright and refreshing. Flavours follow the nose with additional hints of smoke, cedar, spice and caramel. 11 months spent in neutral French oak help provide a medium body mouthfeel along with good fruit and alcohol balance. The medium-plus finish encompasses harmonious interplay of butter, minerality, citrus and peach. Fantastic quality and at this price it is a multiple-purchase wine that you will go to again and again throughout the Summer. Impress your friends and enjoy with seared scallops and lemon/butter grilled shrimp.

14 Hands Chardonnay 2016

Washington, United States
148 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 89/100

The name “14 Hands” is an homage to the herds of wild equine that used to roam Washington state and how their height was measured. When it comes to producing quality wine however, these folks do not horse around. Using Washington’s most planted white varietal, Chardonnay, they produce an expression that is juicy & fruit forward due to both the terroir of the state, and the inclusion of 2% white Rhone varietals (Rousanne, Marsanne & Viognier). Aroma’s of pear, apple, lime, toasty smoke, butter, vanilla and white pepper abound, with flavours matching aromatics alongside some floral, butterscotch and soft spice. Lime, butter & popcorn prance along the medium finish. Well balanced, slightly off-dry and medium bodied there remains a keen sense of freshness throughout. A Chardonnay worth saddling up and hitting the dusty trail to find. Enjoy with roasted chicken and boiled buttery new potatoes.

Quinta Da Aveleda Loureiro 2017

Vinho Verde D.O.C., Portugal
149 days ago

Somm4All scored this wine: 88/100

Back in 1870 Manoel Pedro Guedes produced the first wines of from what was to be become Portugal’s iconic Vinho Verde wine region. To date, his winery remains family owned and dedicated to carry on the traditions set forth by its founder. Made with 100% aromatic Loueira grapes, this Colheita Selecionada is light, clean with mouth-watering freshness aided by the grapes natural penchant for producing a slight effervescence. Notes of pear, lemon, lime, grapefruit, green apple and white flower greet the olfactory senses. The palate mirrors the nose with the addition of some minerality. An excellent value, this Aveleda Loureiro is vibrant and teeters on the low-end of off-dry. Youthful, low in alcohol, and seemingly made for carefree Summer days with just enough spunk to pair perfectly with fresh seafood paella.

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