Niagara On The Lake

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious Cabernet.

Dark ruby in color with a reddish rim.

Beautiful nose of wildflowers, blueberries, blackberries, light cedar, licorice, spices, black pepper, chocolates, dark coffee and earth.

Full bodied smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, blueberries, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, tobacco, chocolates, light earth and peppercorn.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Lake County in California. Drinking very nicely now, with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good by itself as a sipping wine, and good with food. Will be nice to revisit this in a few years, and see how it evolves.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 2 hours of airtime, when it becomes so aromatic. Loved smelling on it for a long while.

Grapes are grown on rocky red volcanic soil, at elevation of 2,200 feet. A blend of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit verdot. Aged in (80% new) French Oak barrels. 1800 cases produced.

14.3% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

— 6 days ago

Daniel, Jonathan and 13 others liked this

Beaver Creek

Horne Ranch Petite Sirah 2018

Black cherry, cassis, bramble fruit, blueberry, violets, lavender, black pepper, some stemmy/tarragon/tomato leaf/underbrush. You don’t find too many natural winemakers taking on bold reds like Petite Sirah, but I’m glad Beaver Creek does and has no qualms about going up to 14+% alc. The wine feels a little thin on the palate for a California Petite, but really over delivers on the range, intensity and precision of favors, especially for the <$20 price—and it’s from a biodynamically farmed single-vineyard (Horne Ranch, which seems like a pretty majestic place from the photos I’ve seen) to boot! Great with bacon-eggplant-cheese burger. — a month ago

Josh, Matt and 2 others liked this

Two Sisters

Niagara Peninsula Unoaked Chardonnay 2017

Great wine from a boutique NP-VQA winery with linage to old vines. Nose on opening of honeydew melon. Initially a taste of fresh cut Apple 🍏
As it opens the transition is to Meyer Lemons with mid point of white grapefruit & finish of white stone minerality.
The wine body is light with a finish that’s crisp & clean. Cheers🥂
— a month ago

Standing Stone Vineyards

Seneca Lake Riesling 2019

Very good. Rich and full with a nice zip to the finish. Off dry so some RS. Tropical fruit. Well made wine. Maybe this winery is back on track. — 3 days ago

Dawn, "Odedi" and 3 others liked this

Hermann J. Wiemer

Seneca Lake Dry Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

Spring rosé, not summer lol. Cherries, liquorice, stone fruits, creamy. Grows on you 🤔 From the May wine share. — 15 days ago

Daniel P., Severn and 3 others liked this


Niagara-on-the-Lake VQA Gamay 2017

A wonderful evening with a wine dinner with JL Groulx head winemaker from Stratus where we drank a number of the individual varietals as well as this Stratus Red 2017. — a month ago

Heather Leatham
with Heather

Hermann J. Wiemer

Extra Brut Méthode Champenoise Riesling 2017

Mary H

Real nice - 28 months on the lees picking up some creaminess. @Adrienne Zhan picked up some Swedish Fish (fruit and glycerin?) Honey, hay, and a string of flavors we’ll just call “Greek salad” (lemon, oregano/thyme). Clear, lemon yellow, medium-fine bubbles. — a month ago

Louis Adrienne Zhan
with Louis and Adrienne

Hawk and Horse Vineyards

Red Hills Lake County Petite Sirah 2017

Dark purple in color with a purplish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, plums, cooked cherries, sweet cedar, light earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, tobacco, chocolates, coffee and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and smooth

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, wood, spices, vanilla, tobacco, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, light earth and herbs.

Medium on the finish with fine grained tannins and cherries.

This is a very tasty Petite Sirah from Lake County. A nice sipping wine that doesn't need food at all. Easy drinking with nice complexity and a soft mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime. I gave it a couple of hours in a decanter.

This Single Vineyard is tasty, spicy and interesting. Really enjoyed the nose here.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

100% Petite Sirah grapes where grown at 2,200 feet of elevation. Aged in (40% new) French Oak barrels. A small production of only 150 cases.

14.1% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

— 12 days ago

Tom, Doctor and 13 others liked this

Kemmeter Wines

Kemmeter Riesling 2015

Lovely Riesling, green apple, opens a little sweet on the front but finishes clean. — 19 days ago

Summit Lake Vineyards

Sophia Lynn Howell Mountain Petite Sirah 2017

One of my absolute favorites. Ripe fruits with a hint of spice and a structured finish. On the liter side for a petite Syrah, almost refreshing. A great wine to share, as it is very easy to drink. Let it sit 30 min before drinking. — 19 days ago