Pelee Island Ecco VQA

LCBO#: 225946
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery

This Canadian bubbly seems like a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. Big orange nose at first, but when this calms down, the yeast mixes with the grapes to give this a fancy cheese hint. The taste has this little unbalacement with the yeast and fruity notes. The mouthfeel has a sharpness to it, almost bitter in the middle. The dryness is medium with all of this. Becomes a little too sweet with time. Bottle labels are fun and in a party mode at least.

Rating: 2.8/5

Pelee Island Monarch Vidal VQA

LCBO#: 393405
Price: $11.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.
Year: 2015

This Ontario Vidal has pear, apple notes with sweetness from the grapes. The taste is quite sweet with the fruits and alcohol is noticeable. A slight dryness comes and help to kill the syrupy aspect of this white wine. Yeast lingers on the tongue. Still, a little too sweet overall to enjoy completely. Exactly like their Monarch Red we did last year, way too rich to be a good one.

Rating: 2.3/5

Forward Pinot Grigio Riesling

LCBO#: 427344
Price: $11.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.
Year: 2015

This Canadian blend of Pinot Grigio and Riesling gives out pear notes in the nose at first. Citrus does eventually appear with some sour hints and decent fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel has a nice dryness with the citrus flavours. A little too much yeast lingers in the end, but overall – this is quite drinkable for the price.

Rating: 3.6/5

Pelee Island Monarch Red VQA

imageLCBO#: 107763
Price: $10.45
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard Inc.

This Ontarian red wine is composed of 38% Baco Noir, 31% Lemberger and 31% Zweigelt. Sweet aromas with hints of leather and tobacco, but only after breathing a lot. The taste though, is all sweetness. Almost more juice than wine. No tannins, no dryness… just wet and sweet. Was not really good with food, almost seems better alone. We can almost feel a little dryness. A little tobacco. Nice new label, not really good wine. Unless you like juicy sweetness of the grapes.

Rating: 2.2/5

Alvar Cabernet Sauvignon VQA

20140130-213931.jpgLCBO#: 214957
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
2011

Not sure why, but was not expecting much from this one. The label is quite nice though. Does not look like a Pelee Island wine. It does smell decent, but after lots of breathing. Soft leather and tobacco notes. The taste is really the problem. Starts off pretty sweet, but then gets quite acidic with some vinegar taking over. Hard to taste the berries. A little to wet as well, lacking tannins. Gets better with lots of time, but nothing to save this one.

Rating: 2.3/5

Lighthouse Merlot 2011

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Price: $12.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Vineyard
Varietal: Merlot
2011

This Pelee Island Merlot looks and smells unbalanced at first pour, kind of like a homemade wine (slightly murky weird red with aromas all over the place). After breathing a bit, it does get much better. Loads of berries, like cherries (maybe blackberries), with hints of leather and smoked wood. The taste is back to all over the place though. Some sourness, mostly watery, with notes of berries, sugars. Becomes a little dry as it goes which saves a bit the mouth. Mild tannis and a little yeast on the tongue lingering giving some tartiness and nuttiness. Goes down easily, but a VQA ?

Rating: 2.9/5