New in Ontario Wineries

Order the following five wines by the case of 12—mixed, if you like—with daily free delivery in Ontario to your home, office or restaurant from Riverview Cellars Estate Winery.

Dessert Wine

****1/2 drink or cellar 
Riverview Cellars Late Harvest Vidal 2013 
VQA Ontario $19.95 375 ml 11.7% alcohol
Aromas burst from the glass—honeyed citrus and apricot coupled with the sweetness of honeydew melon and tang of passion fruit. There’s weight, balance and a lovely opulent texture to this vibrant dessert wine with lively acidity offering great counterpoint to the ripe, sweet, honeyed fruit. Refined, well-defined and deftly crafted, this is great value. (Susan Desjardins

Red Wine

**** drink or cellar 
Riverview Cellars ‘Salvatore’s Reserve’ Syrah 2012
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $29.95 13.1% alcohol
This well-crafted, deep-purple Syrah offers notes of pepper, dried lavender, licorice and ripe dark fruit. It’s silky in texture and firmly structured with tasty blueberry, raspberry and black cherry fruit agreeably framed by ripe tannins and lively acidity. The dry, medium-bodied, fruity finish displays a tasty savoury note with pleasant flavours of black cracked pepper delivering a touch of warmth. It’s well paced, deftly balanced and a good choice for rack of lamb. (Susan Desjardins)

***1/2 drink or cellar 
Riverview Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 
VQA Niagar-on-the-Lake $16.95 13.0% alcohol
Interesting aromas of dried herbs, grilled peppers, cedar, blackberry and raspberry tease the nose. It’s fruit forward, dry and medium bodied, soft, round and loaded with flavours of raspberry jam, juicy black cherry, cocoa and spice. Straightforward, mellow and tasty, it’s a go-to wine for pizza, burgers or grilled Italian sausages. (Susan Desjardins)

****1/2 drink or cellar 
Riverview Cellars ‘Salvatore’s Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
VQA Niagara River $29.95 14.0% alcohol
Ripe fruit shimmers on the nose, subtle notes of vanilla, exotic spice and cedar adding complexity. Dry, medium-full bodied, this signature wine has depth, intensity and structure. Tannins are somewhat chalky, but the berry flavours are rich and ripe, lifted by fresh acidity. Hints of licorice, cocoa and toasty oak embellish the dry, nuanced finish. A good candidate for the cellar, serve now with rare roast beef. (Susan Desjardins)

White Wine

***1/2 drink now 
Riverview Cellars Pinot Grigio 2013
VQA Niagara River $13.95 12.5% alcohol
No shrinking violet, this flavourful Pinot Grigio entices with lifted floral notes, aromas of melon, pear and apricot and an elusive whiff of spice. Just off dry, medium bodied and round, the delicious ripe fruit replays with refined acidity providing balance. A flavourful, enjoyable wine that will play well on its own or matched to spiced pork or veal dishes. (Susan Desjardins)