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 Konrad Ejbich

2009 Grange of Prince Edward Estate Gamay Noir2009 Grange of Prince Edward Estate “Select” Gamay Noir, Prince Edward County ($15.95)

From 100% estate grapes grown in the section of the vineyard called the Northfield Block. Pale ruby hue with a rim that’s beginning to show orange-garnet reflections. Rich and sweet compote aromas with flavours of candied cherry and stewed plum and some spicy wood notes reminiscent of dried tarragon and thyme. Solid mouthfeel, fairly dry palate with a thick, sweetish, luscious finish. Enjoy now through the coming fall. Rating: 88 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2012 Huff Estate Rosé2012 Huff Estate Rosé, Prince Edward County ($17.95)

Salmon-flesh tint with a pale, watery rim. Inviting nose with aromas of canned black cherries, tart red apples and cranberry juice along with a nuance of fresh-baked pastry dough. Barely off-dry palate showing rich, mineral textures and a long, solid finish. Ideal for drinking this summer and into the fall. Leaves me yearning for a Niçoise salad. Rating: 89 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2011 Norman Hardie Winery County Chardonnay2011 Norman Hardie Winery County Chardonnay “Unfiltered,” Prince Edward County ($35)

Pure liquid gold, like fresh-poured bullion. The nose is full, rich, smoky and perfumed with minted pear, apple, lemon-lime, fresh creamery butter, vanilla and fire-roasted hazelnuts. Powerful palate, dry and balanced, with delicate flavours and solid oak and mineral texture. It’s long and satisfying and impossible to stop sipping. In a word, thrilling! Drink now and through 2018. Rating: 95 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2011 Sugarbush Vineyards Cabernet Franc2011 Sugarbush Vineyards Cabernet Franc, Prince Edward County ($18)

Light, bright, translucent ruby colour with a pale pink rim. Sweet fruit and red berry aromas, with cherry, cranberry and pomegranate notes and a hint of green cedar undertones. Mineral-laden and dry, medium-bodied, cleansing juicy acidity, and a light, lingering finish. Simple, but pleasant. Drink now through 2016. Rating: 87 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2011 Rosehall Run Vineyards Pinot Noir “JCR”

2011 Rosehall Run Vineyards Pinot Noir “JCR”, Prince Edward County ($39)

The winery’s top release honours founding partner John Campbell Reston and is produced from 100% estate grapes grown and bottled without fining or filtration. Lovely ruby bowl with a rim of pale scarlet; enticing bouquet of red berries, citrus peel, a handful of spices led by cinnamon, and a smoky whiff of exotic incense. Most impressive, the palate pulls through with ripe fruit, refreshing acidity and enough substance to carry the flavours solidly through to a lingering finish of toasted hazelnut skins and crushed cherries. Enjoy now through 2018. Rating: 90 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2012 Stanner’s Vineyard Chardonnay

2012 Stanner’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Prince Edward County ($25)

Only 55 cases made, from 100% estate grown fruit, fermented and aged in Canadian oak barrels. Rich golden hue, clean brisk nose of spring blossoms, tart apple, citrus and baked pear. There’s a bold implicit sweetness at first, which turns to mouth-filling plumpness, just before the brisk acidity, mouth-drying minerality and barrel tannins kick in. In the end, you are left with a squeaky-clean palate with memories of crushed fruits and toasted nuts. It’s the perfect foil for shellfish, seafood, fish, chicken and most savoury or salty hors d’oeuvres. Here’s a wine that leaves the impression it’s on the edge of entering the big leagues. Drink hedonistically now to 2016; esoterically from 2017 through 2020. Rating: 89 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2011 Muscedere Vineyards Merlot

2011 Muscedere Vineyards Merlot, Lake Erie North Shore ($20)

The estate is situated 11 km from Lake Erie so it tends to get higher heat units than vineyards perched along the lakeshore. That really shows through in this dark and delicious wine. Very ripe nose, concentrated black currants and berries with a light, smoky note. Implicitly sweet, chocolate and berries, lush tannins, and a clean, dry, lasting finish. This is merlot at its boldest and best. Drink now to 2018. Rating: 90 points (Konrad Ejbich)

2010 Sprucewood Shores Estate Meritage “Hawk’s Flight” Reserve

2010 Sprucewood Shores Estate Meritage “Hawk’s Flight” Reserve, Lake Erie North Shore ($22.15)

The classic Bordeaux grapes—cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot—which make up this wine were planted on the Lake Erie shoreline in 1993 by Gord Mitchell. He was one of the early believers in the region as a top red wine zone. Daughter Tanya Mitchell has crafted a delicious honour to his memory. This is a terrific wine balancing richness, power and finesse. Though still tannic and young, it is already displaying hints of what is to come: poached red fruit flavours, a sweet, fragrant bouquet, and a firm yet supple texture that carries the elegant flavours past the tongue and into the memory bank. Drink now to 2024. Rating: 91 points (Konrad Ejbich)

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