During the Great Canadian Wine and Cheese Match we had several reviews written about our Smoke & Gamble Cab Merlot. Don’t just take their word for it. Try it for yourself today!
|Jane Staples – Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:
A tasty Cab/Merlot blend with an inviting nose of strawberries and blueberries. The palate shows these berry flavours along with vanilla and cloves and a little oak. Smooth mouthfeel and a long berry finish.
|Jennifer Macdonald rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:
Aromas in this blend include smoke, blueberry, strawberry and oak. Some green or young vegetal flavours come through on the palate, along with fruit, berries and smoke. Try decanting for an hour or two and enjoy this with smoky cheeses, or some ribs on the BBQ.
|Sean O’Regan – Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 86/100 with the following review:
Medium ruby, intense nose with sweet cherry, candied/jammy notes, berry, vanilla, oak spice, green herb. In the mouth there is sour cherry, plum, herb/vegetal, oak spice, vanilla, green tannins on a medium drying finish. Seems a bit rustic – try decanting or wait a few years to allow it to integrate a bit better. Burgers, BBQ or aged cheddar for this one. Tasted June 6, 2015
|Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:
Blackberry, plum and oak scents with a bit of vanilla and spice on the taste.
|Courtney Flood rated this wine as 85/100 with the following review:
Very fruit forward nose, with jammy aromas of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, vanilla and pepper. Taste is more fresh raspberry, bell pepper, and a touch astrigent. We tasted this wine against many (inappropriate) cheeses. Much too heavy for mozzarella, goat, or creamy cheeses. For blue cheese, the wine amplifies the bitterness in the cheese. This would be best suited to an aged cheddar, gouda, or parmesan. Would also be good with BBQ fair, something cooked with a little sugar in the sauce.
|Tania Thomas – CSW, WSET ADV rated this wine as 82/100 with the following review:
Dry, full bodied, blackcurrants on the nose, burst of ripe black cherries on the palate followed by a long lingering leather & coco finish. Fine tannins. Best matched with juicy grilled sausages, lovely with aged cheddar.
**** BEST — Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Smoke & Gamble Gewurztraminer Sussreserve 2011, $24.95
***1/2 BETTER — Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Smoke & Gamble Merlot Reserve 2011, $22.75
-Smoke & Gamble Cabernet Franc Apassimento 2012, $39.95
Tasting of wines from the South Coast portion of Lake Erie (Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association and WCO)
The Date and Time: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 8AM to 6PM
The Event: A tasting of wines from the South Coast portion of Lake Erie, centered around Port Dover, sponsored by Ontario South Coast Wineries and Growers Association and Wine Country Ontario plus local suppliers.
The Venue: Aboard the Kayloe
Wow a game changer…I love it. Who knew the terroir near Port Dover could produce wine that reminds me of right bank Bordeaux. The Cab/Franc and Merlot flavours really dominate this wine. It’s loaded with sweet tobacco, leather, green bell pepper, cassis, and coco. Soft Merlot dominates the palate with coco mocha. Really nice fine grained tannins…so soft, and impeccable structure. Let it open up in your glass for about 20 minutes and you won’t be disappointed.
Wine of the Week: Smoke & Gamble!
Very deep ruby in appearance. The nose offers up suggestions of red and black currants with red and black cherry, all accented by vanilla and cocoa notes. So smooth in the mouth! The lovely mouthfeel is further enhanced by structured tannins. Ripe, approachable and very well put together. This is one to be excited about, especially alongside beef skewers, fajitas or steak-topped pizza. (VINTAGES panel, March 2013)