I loved, yes loved, every single wine from Peninsula Ridge. Burgundian Winemaker Jean-Pierre Colas, uses Bordeaux grapes - plus Syrah in his red wines. For the whites, Mssr. Colas employs Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. And where exactly does J-P work his wine magic? Would you believe in Ontario? On the shores of Lake Ontario, opposite Toronto, to be exact. The wines of Peninsula Ridge can go toe to toe with the best vino Europe has to offer. Two wines that floored me: 2002 Reserve Merlot (~$35) and 2004 Syrah (~$20). Find these wines even if it means driving to Canada. They are that good.
The Perrin's new Cru, Vinsobres [Perrin & Fills 'Les Cornuds' AOC Vinsobres 2004 ($13)] is a study in harmony. It offers seductive scents of red & black cherry, mint and lavender. This wine is at once fruity and structured in the mouth. In other words, it should please those who dig fruity wine as well as those who appreciate a bit more complexity. Give it a go.
Mas de Boislauzon Chateauneuf du Pape AOC 2001 ($32) - This wine is full of black blum, prune and dried cherry scents. At 4.5 years old, Boislauzon's 'du Pape still possesses tannins that grip. It would be perfect with cream-heavy beef stroganoff. Alternatively, lay it down for a few more years and enjoy this wine with slow roasted meats.