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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Event: A tasting of Fortified Wines as developed by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada (16th annual tasting)

The Date and Time:  Monday,  November 27, 2017  3PM to 7PM
The Event: A tasting of Fortified Wines as developed by the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada (16th annual tasting)
The Venue: Wine Writers' Circle of Canada's clubhouse.
The Target Audience: WWCC members exclusive. Nine members had signed up.
The Availability/Catalogue: All these fortified wines are at the LCBO or by consignment. They include ports, sherries, vermouths, and other beverages.
The Quote/Background: This was not a competition, but a tasting for writing purposes. There were some remarkable sherries here as well.
The Wines: My ratings do NOT include a ranking beyond GOOD, BETTER, and BEST.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Gonzalez Byass    Tio Pepe Extra Dry Fino    $17.95 +231829 Xeres    Palomino    15%ABV   
-Bodegas Altanza    Coleccion Roberto Amillo Palo Cortado 500 mL $74.95 Jerez    Palomino    20.50%    Profile Wine Group
-Bodegas Altanza    Coleccion Roberto Amillo Oloroso    500mL     $74.95    DO Jerez    Palomino    21.50%    Profile Wine Group
-Bodegas Alvear    Pedro Ximenez de Anada    375ml 2014    $24.95 +499152    Montilla Moriles    PX    19%ABV
-Bodegas Altanza    Coleccion Roberto Amillo Pedro Ximenez    500mL     $74.95     DO Jerez    Pedro Ximénez (PX) 15% Profile Wine Group
-Bodegas Alvear    Cream  $16.95    +515791    Montilla-Morilles    PX    18%ABV
-Lustau     East India Solera Cream    500 mL    $20.25    342931    Jerez        20%
-Taylor Fladgate    325th Anniversary Tawny    $46.95    +517730    Douro        20%
-Taylor Fladgate    20 Year Old Tawny    $69.95 +149047    Douro        20%
-Sandeman    20 year old Tawny        $64.95    +116178    Douro        20%
-Torres Floralis Moscatel Oro 500mL $16.95 +642173 Penedes    Moscatel Oro    15%
-Fratelli Branca    Antica Formula Vermouth    1000mL    $51.95    Consignment    Emiglia-Romania        16%   Majestic Wines and Spirits   
-Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino    NV $27.95    +461913    Piemonte    Moscato    16%
-Bodegas Altanza    Amillo Vermouth Reserva    750mL     $27.95  DO Jerez    Palomino, Pedro Ximenez (PX) 15% Profile Wine Group
-Frazzitta    Zibibbo Vino Liquoroso    NV    $16.75 +361120 Terre Siciliane IGT    16%
 
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Frazzitta    Malvasia Vino Liquoroso    NV    $19.80  +361088 Terre Siciliane IGT    16%
-Frazzitta    Crema alla Mandoria NV     $15.70  +361096 Marsala Fine DOP    16%
-Frazzitta    Malvasia Vino Liquoroso    NV    $19.80  +361104 Marsala Fine DOP 16%
-Karlo Estates    Gewurztraminer Fortified 500 mL 2016 $65    Prince Ed County    17%   
-Lustau     Amontillado Los Arcos    Dry    $15.55    +375097    Jerez        18.5%   
-Bodegas Altanza    Coleccion Roberto Amillo Amontillado 500mL  $74.95 DO Jerez    Palomino    20%    Profile Wine Group
-Gonzalez Byass    Alfonso Sherry Oloroso Secco    N/A    Private Order        Jerez -Vinicola Hidalgo S.A.    Hidalgo Faraon Oloroso Sherry    500 mL     $21.95 +471078    Jerez    Palomino    18%
-Sandeman    Late Bottled Vintage Port    2011    $17.15     +195974 Douro 55% Touriga Franca, 25% Tinta Roriz, 20% Touriga Nacional     20.50%ABV
-Taylor Fladgate    Late Bottled Vintage    2013    $18.15 +46946    Douro        20%
-Calem    10 Year Old Tawny        $25.25    +248542    Douro        20%   
-Taylor Fladgate    10 Year Old Tawny    $35.95    +121749    Douro        20%
-Fonseca    Vintage Port 2009        $59.95    +256875    Douro    20.5%
-Southbrook Vineyards    Whimsy: The Anniversary        $29.95 Niagara on the Lake Chardonnay 15.9%
-Fratelli Branca    Carpano Classico Rosso    1000mL $23.95    Consignment    Emiglia-Romania        16% Majestic Wines and Spirits
-Fratelli Branca    Punt E Mes    1000mL    $24.95 Consignment Emiglia-Romania    16%   
Majestic Wines and Spirits
 
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Fonseca    White Port    N/V    $16.95    +276816 Douro    20%
-Karlo Estates Van Alstine White 500 mL 2016 $45 Prince Ed County    Frontenac white 17.5%   
-Fonseca    Bin 27    N/V    $16.95    +325506 Douro    20%
-Sandeman    Ruby Port    $15.95     +23366    Douro    Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amareta, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão    19.50%
-Karlo Estates Van Alstine Red 500mL 2016    $39     Prince Ed County    Frontenac    18%
 
The Food: bread,  unsalted almonds and hazelnuts, olives, water
The Contact Person:  deantudor@yahoo.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 94

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for December 9, 2017.

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP 20/20 WINES: 20 under $20 and 20 over $20 for December 9, 2017.
 
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com. My "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
These notes for wines available through the LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/ or at  http://www.deantudor.com
 
Scores are a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, e.g. a Southern Rhone tastes like a Southern Rhone) and QPR (Quality/Price Ratio value in the marketplace above or below its price).
 
THIS MONTH'S SPECIAL FINDS --
 
W+527630    LA FORTESSA TABURNO FALANGHINA DEL SANNIO    DOC        2016    $16.95  13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 93
R+452136    MONTGÓ OLD VINES MONASTRELL    DOP Jumilla    Hammeken Cellars    2015    $14.95    15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92
R+511568    URBINA RESERVA ESPECIAL    DOCa Rioja    Bodegas Benito Urbina    2001    $36.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 94
R+356220    TOMMASI AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO    DOCG        2013    $49.95    15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92
W+26682    BERINGER PRIVATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY    Napa Valley        2015    $59.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92
W+677450    DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC    Marlborough, South Island        2016    $26.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 92
 
20 under $20
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W+511485    CANTINA GALLURA PIRAS VERMENTINO DI GALLURA    DOCG        2015    $15.95           13 % ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
R+300004    AMASTUOLA PRIMITIVO    IGP Puglia 2014 $16.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+394288    GÉRARD BERTRAND GRENACHE/SYRAH/MOURVÈDRE CORBIÈRES    AP        2014    $16.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+281147    DOMAINE LES GRANDS BOIS CUVÉE LES TROIS SOEURS CÔTES DU RHÔNE    AP    Farjon Besnardeau, vigns.-récolts.    2015    $16.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+410704    GRAN PASSIONE ROSSO    IGT Veneto    Botter    2016    $17.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+314930    ANETO RED    DOC Douro        2011    $16.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+523589    DAC TINTO    DO Dão    Quinta da Pellada    2014    $16.95    13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+273748    BORSAO TRES PICOS GARNACHA    DO Campo de Borja        2015    $19.95 15% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+336719    LUIS CAÑAS CRIANZA    DOCa Rioja    2014    $18.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+276162    SOLANERA VIÑAS VIEJAS    DO Yecla    Castaño    2015    $18.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+80234    FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP RIESLING    VQA Niagara Peninsula        2016    $16.95    10% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+86363    WILDASS RED    VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake    Stratus Vineyards    2014    $19.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91
R+166298    LA POSTA PIZZELLA MALBEC    Mendoza    Laura Catena    2016    $15.95
13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+37937    MONTES LIMITED SELECTION PINOT NOIR    Casablanca Valley    2015    $14.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+222018    SISTER'S RUN CALVARY HILL SHIRAZ  Lyndoch, Barossa, South Australia    2015    $17.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89.
R+66738    THE BLACK CHOOK SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER    McLaren Vale/Padthaway, South Australia 2016 $18.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
 
20 over $20
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R+206409    CONVENTO SAN FRANCISCO    DO Ribera del Duero        2010    $20.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR:  91
W+522185    MAISON AMBROISE SAINT-ROMAIN    AC 2013 $44.95 13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+299867    MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE VIEILLES VIGNES BOURGOGNE CHARDONNAY    AC        2015    $22.95    13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+518019    VALTEA ALBARIÑO DO Rías Baixas 2016    $22.95  13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+524199    CHÂTEAU DE LANDIRAS    AC Graves 2014 $22.95    12.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+973453    FAMILLE PERRIN LES CHRISTINS VACQUEYRAS    AC        2014    $24.95 14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+496851    ASCHERI BAROLO    DOCG        2012    $49.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+713602    GIANNI GAGLIARDO BAROLO    DOCG        2012    $54.95 14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+418897    CASTELLO DI AMA SAN LORENZO GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG        2013    $50.95    13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+512384    MARCHESE ANTINORI TENUTA TIGNANELLO RISERVA CHIANTI CLASSICO    DOCG        2014    $42.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+3962    RICASOLI BROLIO CHIANTI CLASSICO DOCG  2015 $23.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+72439    TENUTA SAN GUIDO GUIDALBERTO    IGT Toscana        2015    $59.95    13% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+672931    ALLEGRINI PALAZZO DELLA TORRE    IGT Veronese        2014    $24.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+92007    IZADI SELECCIÓN RESERVA DOCa Rioja 2012    $24.95    14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+377770    QUAILS' GATE CHARDONNAY    BC VQA Okanagan Valley        2015    $23.95
14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+520247    VIENI PRIVATE RESERVE CHARDONNAY    VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula        2012    $29.95    14.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
W+962886    LA CREMA SONOMA COAST CHARDONNAY    Sonoma Coast        2015    $29.95 13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 90
R+343038    BURROWING OWL MERITAGE    BC VQA Okanagan Valley        2014    $58.95 14.9% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+427500    WESTCOTT ESTATE PINOT NOIR    VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Escarpment        2013    $29.95    13.5% ABV, MVC/QPR: 89
R+458240    SONVIDA MALBEC    Mendoza    2013    $29.95  14% ABV, MVC/QPR: 91.
 
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SOME NEW BEVERAGES RECEIVED FOR A REVIEWED TASTING NOVEMBER 2017 –

SOME NEW BEVERAGES RECEIVED FOR A REVIEWED TASTING NOVEMBER 2017  –
 
1.Chateau des Charmes Gamay Noir 2016 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, $15.95, +57349 LCBO: medium-bodied, suggestive of Beaujolais [same grape variety]. Easy drinking of (sour) cherry-berry flavours with occasional nuances of spices. Carbonic maceration used for 1/3 of the wine; rest is fermented in normal classic style. Aged 8 months in older neutral oak. Best for patios or mulled wine, parties, BBQ. Ready now, but with some tannic structure to carry through a whole meal. 13.4% ABV, higher than before, cork closure. A very popular wine, with 3010 cases made. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
2.Chateau des Charmes Vidal Icewine 2016 Estate VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, +413732 Vintages, $46.95 for 375 mL; +565861 Vintages, $26.95 for 200 mL: an aromatic unoaked Icewine with apricot as the defining aroma and flavour, followed by honeyed tones. Ready now, but could be aged – but then it will taste different but, in my opinion, taste better with some marmalade tones. 9.5% ABV. Perfect for gifting (the 200 mL comes in a handsome box) at that sweet point for under $30 or $50. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
3.WineryON Bodegas Demuerte 2014 Yecla Spain $23.95 Consignment Majestic Wines & Spirits:  a compelling blend of monastrell and syrah old vines, put up in some French oak for a period of time, showing value in the red fruit exposed and the oak overtones. 14.5%ABV. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
4.WineryON Bodegas Demuerte Gold 2015 Yecla Spain $26.95 Consignment Majestic Wines & Spirits: a step up from the regular Demuerte, with old vines from monastrell and syrah grapes plus some garnacha tintorera. Put up in French oak for 14 months, and with the addition of the garnacha, has a more cherry-berry taste profile. Well worth the extra dollars. 14.5%ABV. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
5.Cantina Valpantena Valpolicella Ripasso Torre del Falasco 2015 Veneto +642421 $17.95: the LCBO continues to release one Valpolicella Ripasso wine ever other week, just about all at the same price point of $17.95. A comparative tasting could be in order if some one were to organize it. Here one would expect fresh ripe fruit with body and structure from the ripasso technique. 13.5%ABV. Food or sip. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
6.Le Ville Di Antane Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Storia Antica 2015 Veneto $17.95 +373672: another equally good ripasso, at the same price point, but with more stuffing from the increase in alcohol (Superiore range) to 14%ABV. Body and structure dominate, perhaps the better choice with food. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
7.Amastuola Primitivo Organic 2014 Puglia +300004 $16.95: this is a preferred choice from among the basic primitivos at the LCBO simply because it is made with organic grapes. Expect that dense, over-the-top zinfandel-type flavour at an affordable price. 14%ABV. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
8.Torres Altos Ibericos 2014 Rioja Crianza, +527291, $14.95 Vintages: Typical "wild berries and spices" of tempranillo grapes. Fermented over 16 days and then aged a year in French and US oak, some new. 13.5% ABV. Some jamminess should integrate well with the spices and tannins to eventually produce a well-developed bottle of food wine. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
9.Miguel Torres Cordillera de Los Andes Special Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Maipo Valley, +541169 Vintages January 20 $19.95: a warmer climate wine, with 14% ABV reflected in the cherry-berry flavours with spices (including leatherish aromas). Longer finish. Aged a year in French oak (30% new). Still needs time. Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
10.Gerard Bertrand Terroir Fitou 2014 $16.95 +403683 Vintages January 6: Bertrand continues to advance the Terroir series (and the Grand Terroir series) with more localized vineyards. Here it is Fitou, with its grenache and carignan grapes, vinified separately. The carignan has carbonic maceration for two weeks; the grenache is done in traditional style. Some of the wine is barrel aged for a year. Everything here seems to be concentrated in aromas and flavours, red fruit and undergrowth dominating. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
11.Gerard Bertrand Terroir Corbieres 2014 $18.95 +394288 Vintages: In this Terroir Corbieres, Bertrand uses carbonic maceration for the syrah and traditional fermentation for the grenache and mourvedre. It is an appealing Rhonish G-S-M, with the blended wine aging in wood for eight months before bottling. Very firm with some fruit on the full finish. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
12.Ferraton Pere et Fils Calendes Crozes-Hermitage 2015 $29.95 Vintages January 6: with grapes from all three of Mercurol, Beaumont-Monteux, and Larnage, this wine is very typical of modern day Crozes-Hermitage with its dark fruit blackberry-plum tones and body, opaque, some garrigue and long tannic finish. Needs time or a double decant. 13.5% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
13.SonVida Malbec 2013 Mendoza $29.95 Vintages +458240: 5% cabernet sauvignon added in, plus aging in 15% new French oak for 14 months (with some US oak). Mocha tones with mild but upfront black fruit riffing off the full-body. Produced by Sonia and David, former journalists making malbec wine since 2007. Double decanting is needed to bring out the proper fruit expression. But of course the wine can be aged a decade. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
14.Eastdell Wines Cuvee Brut 2011 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +485615 Vintages: a difficult growing season but just right for making acidic grapes comprising the blend for sparkling wines. Here, it was 55% pinot noir, 45% chardonnay, done up in traditional method style of secondary fermentation in the bottle. 11% ABV. Expect orchard fruit on the nose and palate (peach, pear, apple) and effervescent flavours emphasizing typical "Ontario" grapefruit, with some lemon and melons. Good on its own, but best with food such as aged cheese or terrines. Quality/Price rating is 90 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
15.Lakeview Cellars Vidal Icewine 2016 VQA Niagara Peninsula, +522672 $19.95 for 200 mL to Dec 31, 2017 ($2 off): 2016 was an early harvest when temps dropped to -10 and -13 Celsius. The results here are typically classic, with tonalities of orchard fruit, apricots, honeyed citrus peel, and some acidic structure for a spine. 11.5% ABV, 152 g/L residual sugar. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 
16.Frazzitta Vigna Alta Grillo 2016 IGP Terre Siciliane, +361146 $18.95 LCBO online or Store 624 in Woodbridge: grillo was once exclusively used in Marsala but recently its production as a white table wine has expanded, with the aid of cryomaceration (crushed grapes held at low temps for several days before fermentation to allow flavours to develop). With stainless steel and 12.5% ABV, the rich wine shows herby complexity with citric notes and tanginess. Because of its spine and body structure, it is a good food wine, primarily seafood. Not really for just sipping. Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
 

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Event: Tutored tasting with Stephane Vedeau, owner and winemaker of La Ferme du Mont (Cotes du Rhone). Nov 24/17

The Date and Time:  Friday, November 24, 2017  1 – 3 PM
The Event: Tutored tasting with Stephane Vedeau, owner and winemaker of La Ferme du Mont (Cotes du Rhone).
The Venue: George Brown College Tasting Lab, King Street
The Target Audience: wine writers, bloggers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: only two current CdR vintages are available November, and the others are TBD from the LCBO. Eurovintage Int. is the Ontario agent.
The Quote/Background: Stephane Vedeau showed his knowledge of pH and controlled acidity which he believes are key to winemaking in the Cotes du Rhone. His wines are also organic, with natural/wild yeasts. No SO2 or filtering are used. No citric or tartaric acids are added. 50 hectares of old vines are cultivated. And the Grenache grape is his great passion...
The Wines: we tasted 13 wines in all, many from older vintages and last year.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2015 Cotes du Rhone +251645 $17.95
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2011 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2013 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2010 Cotes du Rhone Villages N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2014 Cotes du Rhone Villages N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Gigondas Cotes Jugunda 2015 +354118 $32.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape 2011 N/A
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-La Ferme du Mont La Truffiere 2016 $16.95 Under consideration, P/O for now
-La Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant 2015 Cotes du Rhone Villages +171371 $20.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Cotes Capelan 2013 +78857 $82.95
-La Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape 2015 $48.95 Under consideration
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2014 Cotes du Rhone N/A
-La Ferme du Mont Premiere Cote 2016 Cotes du Rhone N/A
 
The Food: charcuterie platter, cheeses, dried fruit, breads, biscuits.
The Downside: I had just come on time from a heavy New World Vintages tasting at the LCBO, and then we (at GBC) started a half hour late.
The Upside: a rare opportunity to taste older basic Cotes du Rhone wines.
The Contact Person: Daniela Lopera evmarketing@eurovintage.com
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 91.
 
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Friday, December 1, 2017

The Event: Tasting wines with Fabian Reis, winemaker and viticulturist of Ferox wines November 22/17

The Date and Time: Wednesday November 22, 2017  5:30 - 7PM
The Event: Tasting wines with Fabian Reis, winemaker and viticulturist of Ferox wines.
The Venue: Belsize Drive
The Target Audience: wine writers and bloggers. Event set up by Andre Proulx, President-Elect of the Wine Writers' Circle of Canada.
The Availability/Catalogue: we tasted three wines. Only the two whites are still available; the red is sold out.
The Quote/Background: www.ferox.ca is an Ontario virtual winery owned and operated by Fabian Reis and his sommelier wife Stephanie. He's a grandson of Herbert Konzelmann (Konzelmann Winery) but makes his wine at Reif Estates, setting up his virtual label. In the past he has made Icewine for Donald Ziraldo. He has 2100 cases now.
 
The Wines: Currently he has made three wines, but there are others still in tank and barrel (including a single barrel Chardonnay for 36 months, and Icewine). Magnums are also available but for special occasions, and he is setting aside wines for a cellar library collection. In Spring 2018, he plans to release Riesling 2017, Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
 
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ferox Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 VQA Niagara $55 [80% merlot] – 75 cases, sold out quickly, very Euro in style, 70% new French oak, first vintage.
 
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Ferox Riesling 2016 VQA Niagara, $38 – off-dry, Kabinett level, long length, needs more bottle age. 25 year old vines. Half put up in acacia barrels for eight months; the other half in stainless, then blended together. 85 cases.
-Ferox Sauvignon Blanc 2016 VQA Four Mile Creek, $46 – fruity style, developing nicely but with a modest finish. Put up in acacia barrels for eight months; the other half in stainless, then blended together.
 
The Contact Person: info@ferox.ca
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.

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