New in Ontario Wineries

• Order one or both of the following two wines by the case for daily home or office delivery from Cattail Creek.

****1/2 drink or cellar  Oh Canada!
Cattail Creek ‘Small Lot Series’ Cabernet Franc 2012
VQA Four Mile Creek $29.95 13.0% alcohol
Only 82 cases of this gem made from a stunning vintage—it showcases structure, balance, and delectable flavour throughout. Dark berry fruit, exotic spice and floral notes on the nose herald a wash of bramble berry and dark juicy cherry bathing the palate garnished with espresso roast and dark chocolate—it spent 18 months in seasoned small barrels of French and American oak. It’s medium bodied with creamy-smooth texture, fine-grained tannin and lingering fruit-filled aftertaste—will improve with short-term aging. (Vic Harradine)

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Cattail Creek ‘Estate Series – Simply Stainless’ Chardonnay 2013
VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake $14.95 (377549) 12.5% alcohol
Pick up a few, this is pristine in appearance delivering persistent flavour, deft balance and charm. Aromas of crisp green apple and pear melding with savory herbs and lemongrass abound. This dances across the palate with tang-laden Granny Smith apple and racy lemon-lime adorned with wisps of blood orange. It’s mid weight with good mouth feel and a lively, fresh finish that’s lip-smacking good. (Vic Harradine)

• Purchase the following 2 wines by the case for daily home, restaurant or office delivery from Château des Charmes.
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Château des Charmes ‘Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard’ Chardonnay 2012 

VQA St. David’s Bench $21.95 (287268) 12.5% alcohol
With tropical fruit, baking spice and lime-drenched papaya aromas on the nose, this dishes up a tangy river of lime cordial, toasty oak and grapefruit pith—medium weight, nicely balanced and well textured, It finishes in a flourish of mineral notes, racy lemon-lime and notions of white peach. It’s very good now, even better in six months. (Vic Harradine)

****1/2 drink or cellar  Oh Canada!
Château des Charmes ‘St. David’s Bench Vineyard’ Merlot 2012
VQA St. David’s Bench $29.95 13.5% alcohol 
Deep ruby, this wine shows lovely aromas of ripe black cherry and berry, plum, sweet spice, dried herbs and cedar. Dry, medium-full bodied with a lovely velvety texture, there’s great harmony here—polished tannins, fresh texture, earthy character and great depth of ripe fruit touched with notes of spice and dark chocolate. It finishes dry and long, and longs to be matched with roast rack of lamb or beef. (Susan Desjardins)