Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Niagara - 3 others

We managed to squeeze in a few other tastings in between our two appointments at Thirty Bench and with Stratus.

Malivoire Wine Company

It's been more than a year since we've tasted here, and it's time for a visit. We talked to Eric - one of the nicest people you'll meet in Niagara (and there are lots here). I wanted a taste of their chardonnays. Unfortunately, the 2008's are will a few months away from being released, but the 2007's are certainly not a slouch. The 2007 Estate Chardonnay was balanced, with a round texture, clean. The 2007 Mottiar Chardonnay was oaky and rich, for people who enjoy that profile of chardonnay. The 2007 Moira Chardonnay had all the richness and concentration, but with a beautiful ripe citrus element. Shows a bit too much oak at this point, but it will benefit from some time to integrate.

Flat Rock Cellars

If you would recall my video and posts this past summer when I first tasted their 2008 Pinot Noir and lost my mind. A great wine. The 2008 Pinot Noir had great intensity, and quite a bit of earthiness as well. Balanced, with an austerity - this is a huge success for this producer. The 2008 Gravity Pinot Noir showed a bit more depth, more sweet fruit on the palate. Delicious, and I can't wait to see how these wines will age.

Marynissen Estates

This was another property I had not visited for quite some time. Tasted through a few wines - impressed, as always, that they're able to offer this quality at such value. 2006 Cabernet/Merlot, always a balanced, interesting interpretation of a cabernet wine. The 2007 Solstice, a one-off project, with a spiciness and purity of fruit that'll show nicely with a rich meat. 2007 Syrah, gamey, spicy, with good fruit. And 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit more heft and colour, at a price. Good value as always, although more than all others, these wines demand age.


Great tasting through all these wines. I'm not going to tell you which ones are good/bad - there's really no point, is there? I'm just happy to have had an opportunity to see everything. Think of it as a regular checkup, to see how each vintage is coming along. All interesting, all unique, but what's crucial is that all had something to say.

Don't forget to click on the label below Niagara Wine Tour - Dec 2009, to see all the other posts from this trip.



  1. A friend stumbled across your web site this week and sent me the link - it's great getting a perspective on Niagara that's outside of all the media and marketing buzz.

    I had no idea you were such a fan of the Flat Rock Pinot when you came in last week. The next time you're coming down give us a call and maybe we can go through some back vintages or un-released wines for you.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on Flat Rock Cellars - we're proud of it too!

  2. Thanks very much Tiffany - I'll make sure to give you an email the next time! I apologize again for our rush, the schedule was really tight as we were late coming out of Toronto!!