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Susan Desjardins

Susan Desjardins

Le Grand Vin

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin Meritage 2008

Bc V.Q.A., Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
3785 days ago

Susan reviewed this wine:

A classic Bordeaux-style blend, dominantly powerful Okanagan Merlot, aged 20 months in French oak, this brooding inky assemblage offers intense aromas of smoked meat and dark fruit, with delicate hints of vanilla, herbs and cedar. Robust, firmly structured, the wine displays long-lasting flavours of ripe red and black berry garnished with dark chocolate-coated expresso bean wrapped around chewy, lip-smacking tannins. This is a wine of great substance, to be enjoyed decanted with rare red meats or cellared 5-7 years.

Eau Vivre Winery and Vineyards Pinot Noir 2008

Similkameen Valley, British Columbia BC V.Q.A., Canada
3785 days ago

Susan reviewed this wine:

Transparent ruby-garnet, this Pinot Noir is produced from organically grown fruit aged 10 months in French oak. Earthy, mineral aromas abound, floral notions mingling with nuances of red berry, cherry and dried herbs. Dry, mid-weight, it’s tangy yet silky, with gushers of flavourful red fruit—raspberry, cherry and cranberry—riding a finely crafted frame of subtle tannins and lively acidity. Notes of roasted pepper and toasty oak linger on the extended dry finish. Enjoy with planked salmon.


Mission Hill Family Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2010

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
3785 days ago

Susan reviewed this wine:

Partially barrel-fermented and aged sur lie in French and American oak, this straw-toned wine displays a slight greenish hue while offering high-toned aromas of tropical and stone fruits, almond croissant, and sweet baking spice. Dry, medium bodied, the well-integrated oak supports a creamy texture, while the wine exhibits a fine, almost piquant, acidity framing notions of citrus and orchard fruit and apple crisp. Deftly wrought, nicely balanced and finishing round yet crisp, this wine would be a match for roast pork or chicken.

Inniskillin Niagara Estate Sparkling Vidal Icewine 2011

V.Q.A., Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
3888 days ago

Susan reviewed this wine:

This Vidal icewine went through primary fermentation using the ‘Cuvée Close’ Method, during which it was also aged on the lees. The wine was then filtered under pressure to preserve the mousse which develops during fermentation. The result is a beguiling honeyed sparkling wine with sweet floral notes, and luscious aromas of ripe pear and apricot. The fine persistent mousse, paired with tangy acidity and lush fruit, delivers finesse and balance. Just outstanding! Enjoy with paté or with fine cheeses such as Upper Canada`s Comfort Cream or Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company`s Alpindon.

Reserve Series

Jackson-Triggs Reserve Series Merlot 2010

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada
3888 days ago

Susan reviewed this wine:

Enjoy the subtle aromas of red fruits, vanilla, herbs and spice of this bright cherry-red wine. Dry, medium bodied and tasty, the crisp acidity matches juicy red berry and plum, notes of vanilla and smoky spice replaying. Finishing dry yet fruity, it`s a match for pork ribs or Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company`s Alpindon.

Susan Desjardins

Memorable Wine

Giuseppe Quintarelli Valpolicella 2002





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