Wines from tennis star Daniel Nestor are worthy contender
There’s a new celebrity contender serving up wines in Ontario: Daniel Nestor. The Canadian tennis doubles champion, currently ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles, has joined Wayne Gretzky, Dan Aykroyd and Mike Weir with his Match Point wines.I tasted his 2008 Match Point Chardonnay and 2007 Meritage, both made by winemaker Ray Cornell at Stonechurch Vineyards in Niagara on the Lake.
The chardonnay was off-putting, with an odd, raw oyster aroma and thin, peapod flavours. However, the Meritage knocked my socks off with big, black cherry, cedar, cassis, black pepper and vanilla-bean nuances from that classic hot 2007 summer.Neither wine is on LCBO shelves but both can be purchased by the case on consignment ($12.99 a bottle) at Hobbs & Co. wine merchants.
The Meritage rated an impressive 89+/90.Turning to golf, Mike Weir Wines, now made by Niagara-on-the-Lake winery Château des Charmes, have hit lots of eagles in recent years.Weir has struggled since earning his green jacket by winning the Masters, so it is appropriate he has two newish “Unconventional” wines from the “Underdog Wine Co.”
The 2009 White is quite green, but the Underdog 2009 Red (#248484, $13.95, 88) is a friendly, marishino-accented patio sipper, showing some real charm.Dan Aykroyd Wines were introduced to me in a hotel room a few years back. Aykroyd has a new 2009 Merlot and a 2009 Cabernet Shiraz on shelves.
They are a bit vegetal and green, befitting that cool and wet season. However, Aykroyd’s 2011 Discovery Series Sauvignon Blanc (#74047, $12.95, 88+) is zesty with fresh apple, pear and lime flavours.Our final entry is Wayne Gretzky. The No. 99 brand is well known — a bit pricey at times, but when made by Creekside Winery’s team, often worth it.Now the brand is under the stewardship of Peller Estates, which says the hockey legend’s wines will continue.
The No. 99 Gretzky 2007 Cabernet Merlot was amazing, rating 90 at Vintages, but has sold out. The 2008 Cabernet Merlot (#75689, $15.95, 89) has nice finesse, with smoky black cherry, mocha, and bacon aromas and flavours. It is widely available. Cheers!
Gord Stimmell is winner of the Drinks Ontario Achievement Award 2011.[email protected] This article was taken from The Toronto Star,
Published On Sat May 26 2012, written by: Gord Stimmell Wine Critic