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2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay  


Niagara- $16.95  This was my favourite, impressive and harmonious, with a lovely nose of apple, sandalwood and butterscotch, and great good balance between ripe apple fruit and acidity.

-Vin Greco, Wine Writer

2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay              Rating: 90+


A smoky overlay, then aromas of coconut, golden apple and sandlewood incense. The flavours are round and delicious, with smoky applewood, butterscotch and lime, all dished up in a very silky textured way.

- Gord Stimmell, Wine Writer    

Excellence Pinot Gris 2010                          Rating: 91   


Stoney Ridge has gone through some recent changes and has trimmed its portfolio considerably.

The Excellence series, made by winemaker Gordon Robert, is the top tier at the winery. The 2009 reds and 2010 whites are just being released now. This Gris is delicious. It has gorgeous nose of melon, Bosc pear, grapefruit and soft spices. It’s made slightly off-dry in a ripe style that showcases apple crisp, citrus and stone fruits that are vibrant through the finish.

Drinking beautifully right now.

-Rick Vansickle, Wine Writer


Unoaked Chardonnay 2009, Niagara          Rating: 87


This Chardonnay is made for those who like refreshing and unwooded wines. A fruit driven nose of grapefruit, pear, peach, pineapple and citrus are built on a light to medium bodied frame. Although dry, there is very good length, and for the price, it represents great value. Pick up a couple of bottles for summer sipping. 

                                                                        -  Evan Saviolidis

Warren Classic 2009 Chardonnay              Rating: 90+

March 2012

A smoky overlay, then aromas of coconut, golden apple and sandalwood incense. The flavours are round and delicious, with smoky applewood, butterscotch and lime, all dished up in a very silky textured way. Lovely stuff.

                                                                                 -Gord Stimmel

LCBO #224113 


2009 Kasper Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc    Rating: **


Light straw colour. Intense, refreshing, gently grassy, ripe, lemon-melon-apple nose. Dry, medium to medium-light bodied, refreshing, bright, gently grassy, ripe, lemon-melon-apple flavours with a lingering, crisp, unoaked finish. Nice effort! Ready-to-drink. Gold Medal winner at the All Canadian Wine Championships 2010.

2009 Excellence Chardonnay                     Rating:  **+


Medium straw colour. Spicy, intense, tropical fruit coctail nose with lots of vanilla notes. Solid, dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, harmonious, fairly juicy, pineapple and ripelemon-melon flavours with lingering, crisp, refreshing, gently cedary finish. Very tasty and ready-to-drink. Would work well with grilled chicken. Only 265 cases produced.


2007 Vidal Icewine                                       Score: 94

March 30, 2010

A glorious icewine that's rich yet refined. Shows deep bright gold colour. Opulent nose of sponge toffee, apricot jam, cedar and mild herbs. It's full bodied, creamy, very sweet, yet sewn with lovely acidity. Pristine and delicious. Excellent liength. Vidal rearely reaches these hieghts.

                                                                               - David Lawrason

2009 Excellence Chardonnay                      Score: 91+ 

February 24, 2012                                                                       

Media Tasting for the Top Scoring Wines for 2012 Cuvee Awards


2009 Excellence Pinot Noir                          Score: 88

Here is a smooth-drinking Pinot Noir with a flattering bouquet of black cherries, dark fruits, flowers, mushrooms and smoke.  The finish is built on graceful tannins and fresh acidity. Pair it with prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin in a mushroom thyme sauce.  

2009 Simply White                                      Score: 87

An unusual blend for Ontario - 2% Chardonnay and 8% Sauvignon Blanc.  Pale straw in colour with a green tint, it has a leafy, green plum and apple nose.  On the palate it's crisply dry with green apple, green plum and grapefruit rind flavours; it's well balanced and lingering on the palate.  

2009 Excellence Chardonnay                    Score: 90

Stoney Ridge continues to churn out excellent white wines from their 2009 "Excellence" line.  First up was the Pinot Gris (91 pts), then the Sauvignon Blanc (90 pts), and now, this oaked Chardonnay.  Full bodied, it serves up tropical fruit, cream, vanilla, hazelnut, spice and green apple.  Rounding everything out is the refreshing acidity and great length.  Drink over the next four years.  Pair with a butternut squash risotto topped with butter-poached lobster.

2008 Reserve Gewurztraminer                   Score: 90+

This avoids the overtly floral character of many gewurzes. Lifted lemon drop, mint and lychee nut notes in the nose. Lovely ripe tangerine, jasmine and lychee flavours with an almost Alsatian lushness.

Food suggestion: Coconut crusted shrimp

                                                                 -Gord Stimmell, Wine Critic

Excellence Pinot Gris 2010                           Score: 92

January 2012

Winemaker, Gord Robert, has stepped out of the shadow of his predecessor, the famed Jim Warren, and is producing compelling wines at Stoney Ridge. This Pinot Gris is a dead ringer for a top Alsatian version. Full bodied and dry, there are mega amounts of peach, flower, smoke, vanilla, cream, spice and honey. Rounding out the experience is a creamy texture and superb aftertaste. (ES)

Barrel Fermented Excellence Gewurztraminer Icewine Score: 92

January 2012

What a wowser of an Icewine! The bright yellow/golden colour heralds the huge nose of guava, peach compote, buckwheat honey, dried apricots, dried roses, apple sauce and spice. Full bodied with considerable richness, this wine is ready to drink now, preferably with blue cheeses or foie gras. (ES)

2010 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc                  Score:91

January 2012

A quarter of this wine was barrel fermented and barrel aged, giving a vanilla and spice slant to the floral, honey, lime, mint, gooseberry and fruit salad qualities of the grape. Full bodied, the great depth and long finish are supported by crisp acidity. It is a worthy successor to the great 2009 rendering. (ES)

2010 Sauvignon Blanc                                     Score:88

January 2012

Strong aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit, gooseberries, grass, minerals and honey just keep on coming. In the mouth, minerals, citrus and grapefruit dance with the medium body and sound acid. There is very good length and it is ready to drink. (ES)


2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc                    Score:90

January 2012

The grapes for the wine were sourced from the Fox Croft Vineyard; one of the top three for Cabernet Franc in the Niagara Peninsula. The dark cherry colour heralds a bouquet of cassis, smoke, violets, graphite, herbs and vanilla. Medium to full body, there is pronounced acidity and tannins, ensuring a long life ahead. Hold it until 2013 and then enjoy it until 2020.(ES)

2009 Simply Red                                             Score:87

January 2012

Stoney Ridge’s lifestyle red is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot. The medium cherry colour leads into a nose of spice, herbs, cassis, raspberries and flowers. Soft, smooth and easy drinking is its mantra. (ES)

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir      

Dec 14, 2011

The Excellence chardonnay won a Lieutenant Governor’s award – but the pinot’s pretty fine too, Darker nose with meaty and herbal notes over robust fresh cherry fruit. Acidity and tannins both high, and it’s quite fresh on the palate, with lighter cherry fruit notes, a bit of smoke and a nice finish.

2009 Excellence Chardonnay       Rating: 88-90 Points

Dec 2011

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir           Rating: 88-90 Points

Dec 2011

2009 Excellence Chardonnay

Nov 27, 2011

 I am very excited to recommend this wine as I feel this is THE BEST Ontario Chardonnay I have tried this year. I am not the only one who has recognized the greatness in this wine as it has been recognized with the Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in Ontario Wine Making. The best way to describe this wine is balance. Like many of the great Unoaked Chardonnay there is a pressence of Tropical Fruit on the nose and initial taste of this wine (Pineapple), turning immediately to a creamy and buttery flavour and texture courtesy of aging in Oak Barrels. The finish is a bit acidic which washes most of the bright flavours off the tongue but leaves you with just a bit of everything that you've just tasted.


2009 Excellence Pinot Noir                      Rating: 88 Points

Nov 17, 2011

Here is a smooth drinking Pinot Noir with a flattering bouquet of black cherries, dark fruits, flowers, mushrooms and smoke. The finish is built on graceful tannins and fresh acidity. Pair it with prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin in a mushroom/thyme sauce.

                                                                                 -Evan Saviolidis

2009 Excellence Chardonnay                   Rating: 90 Points

Nov 17, 2011

Stoney Ridge continues to churn out excellent white wines from their 2009 'Excellence' line. First up was the Pinot Gris  (91pts), then the Sauvignon Blanc (90 pts), and now, this oaked Chardonnay. Full bodied, it sererves up tropical fruit, cream, vanilla, hazelnut, spice and green apple. Rounding everything out is the refreshing acidity and great length. Drink over the next four years. Pair with a butternut squah risotto topped with butter poached lobster.  

                                                                                   - Evan Saviolidis


Wines and Spirits: Possibilities for Thanksgiving Dinner

Oct 7, 2011

A newcomer to the LCBO is Stoney Ridge Simply White. A marriage of Niagara Chardonnay with a splash of Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is clean and fresh, dry yet fruity, tasting of quince, yellow plums and oranges with a smooth veneer of toasty oak and vanilla.



           Michael Pinkus  

Stoney Ridge Excellence Pinot Noir                           Rating:

Oct 4, 2011

"They", the all knowing folks amongst us, say that 2009 was a great year for Pinot Noir in Ontario, and after sipping on quite a few examples over the past few months I would have to say I agree - some of the best Ontario Pinots are emerging from this vintage. Another one of those wines is this "Excellence" offering from Stoney Ridge: plenty of nice fruit and other Pinot characteristics on both the nose and palate - earthy, sour cherry, cranberry, cinnamon spice and good tannins along with really good balanced acidity helps take this one firmly into the home stretch. I would suggest a good five years of ageing for this one ... but at least 2 before drinking.                                                                                                                     




Top Value White Wines Under $20 or so.            Rating: 90 Points

Sept. 24, 2011

Stoney Ridge Kasper Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Niagara: with only 11.6% ABV, this is a sensible MVC savvy with good value attached. Full of orchard fruit, critric tones, and that tart finish for food. LCBO # 513705.



Exceptional Bargains: InterVin Announces its Top-Scoring Value Wines

Sept 22, 2011

InterVin Best Value

2010 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

2010 Charlotte's Chardonnay


2009 Simply White                                                            Rating: 89

Sept 14, 2011

" Vinified by Stoney Ridge Cellars, this chardonnay and sauvignon blanc blend shows the pristine hand of master winemaker [Gordon Robert]. Clean lime tart, lemon and apple aromas preceding very fruity crisp and dry lemon peel and grapefruit flavours with a bit of new mown grass in the finish." 

-Gordon Stimmell


2009 Simply White                                                      $13.95 LCBO                                                            

Sept 2011

Paired with Pan-Seared Chicken, with eggplant crisps & chipolte mayo 

Stoney Ridge's winemaker Gordon Robert debuts a new wine with a dramatic white-on-white lable, called, appropriately enough, Simply White. But it's not that simple. Stoney Ridge's 2009 Sauvignon Blanc was particularly delicious, with the sort of aromatic intensity you find in New Zealand. Robert adds a splash (8 percent) to this lightly oaked Chardonnay (92 percent) and it's as if he had stirred ripe melon and gooseberry into a Granny Smith apple pie. Unlike many Ontario blended whites, this doesn't rely on sweetness to woo the crowd. The wine had a full, voluptuous body, but a firm acidic structure keeps it dancing nimbly on the tongue. The combination lets it cope beautifully with the rich textures of the chicken sandwhich while still providing refreshment.      


2009 Excellence Pinot Noir                               Rating: 91+

2009 Excellence Chardonnay                           Rating: 91+

2009 Sauvignon Blanc                                      Rating: 88-90

2009 Warrren Classic Cabernet Franc             Rating: 88-90

2009 Warren Classic Pinot Noir                       Rating: 88-90

2009 SImply White                                           Rating: 85-87

August 2011


2009 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

July 3, 2011

I bought two bottles of this delicious Pinot Noir - I would describe it to you but I think you need to experience it yourself.  To quote Pablo Neruda "When you explain poetry, it becomes banal."


2008 Reserve Baco Noir                              Rating: 86 points

July, 2011

A smoky blackberry nose that is rather appealing, while the palate is leathery and earthy with black raspberry and high acidity.


2009 Charlotte's Chardonnay                        Rating:
June 27, 2011


I'm lying if I don't come clean and tell you I'm a fan of Charlotte's Chardonnay...have been for a few years now, I just like the fruit forwardness of the wine. The nose is layered with pineapple at it's core, which follows on the palate with a touch of citrus and acidity to keep it fresh and clean. A blend of Chardonnay Musque (80%) and Chardonnay with a lot of the yum-factor.



2009 Forte                                                  Rating: 87 Points

May 5, 2011 

This is a fun wine, a blend of Baco Noir and Cabernet, fortified as in a "Port" style, and finished with nearly 20% alcohol (please drink responsibly!). It shows plums, raisins, prunes, toffee, smoky fruits, and all-spice on the nose. It's sweet, at 40g/L of residual sugar, and weighty with mature fruits, smoke and pepper on the palate. A nice wine to finish off the evening or pair with your favourite cheese dish.

                                                                                                -Rick VanSickle


2009 Warren Classic Cabernet Franc        Rating: 88 Points

May 5, 2011


The nose reveals currants, raspberries, spice, oak and subtle oak and cedar. It's mouth-watering on the palate with rich red and black fruits, a subtle bell pepper note and complementing spice.


                                                                                                - Rick VanSickle


2008 Warren Classic Chardonnay

Here's a big Niagara Chardonnay, creamy in texture with loads of papaya, mango, pineapple fruit and a background of buttered toast and butterscotch.

- Dan Kislenko


2008 Warren Classic Chardonnay                       Rating: 90+

April 1, 2011

This is a knock-out value.  Aromas of fresh apple, lime and lemon peel herald flavours of spicy vanilla bean, apple and hazelnut nuances.  Simply delicious to the last drop. 

- Gord Stimmell


2008 Cabernet Merlot                                   Rating:                                           

December 2010

When I first put my nose into the glass I couldn't quite place the smell I was smelling.  They it slowly hit me...goodness me, could this be, yes it is: sweet and sour sauce - unmistakable for us fans of Chinese food...after it hit me there was nothing else I could smell.  I became singularly focused on chicken balls and pork chuncks.  The palate delivered plenty more things though: sweet cherries, sweet herbs with a nice linger to the finish - very sippable and approachable in a very drink now kind of style that preserves those interesting smells and flavours. 

- Michael Pinkus


2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc               Rated: 90 Points

November 2010

This gold-medal winning wine features a bouquet of herbs, citrus, fresh grass and fruit salad.  It is mid weight with lots of minerals and citrus flavours carrying the long finish.  Acidity is fresh, making this wine a perfect match for ceviche or grilled prawns. 

- Evan Saviolidis


2008 Charlotte's Chardonnay (Unoaked)     Rated: 90 Points

November 2010

Charlotte is Stoney's unoaked/off-dry Chardonnay, which has a cult following.  It is full-bodied with pear, tropical fruit, citrus and cream qualities.  For tis price, it is a no brainer multiple bottle purchase.  Serve this wine as an aperitif or with canapes. 

- Evan Saviolidis


2009 Pinot Grigio                                          Rated: 88 Points

November 2010

This is a light-bodies yet flavourful Grigio with pleasing aromas of banana, peach, citrus and minerals.  The palate shows much of the same, as well as sound acid.  Very good length. 

- Evan Saviolidis


2009 Excellence Pinot Gris   

October 21, 2010

I am glad to see a properly named Pinot Gris here. I have often found that the use of the term Pinot Grigio is popping up on far too many bottles that have as much in common with Pinot Grigio as I have with Angelina Jolie. (Let the comparisons begin now.) But this Pinot Gris has the white fruit I am looking for when I see that descriptor on the, white peach, and a touch of pineapple. This one is pleasant and easy drinking....soft, smooth and sexy. This wine actually has more in common with Angelina than I do.


- Michael Pinkus


2009 Excellence Pinot Gris                         Rating: 

October 8, 2010

 Such a gorgeous and elegant nose of melon, sweert citrus and apple crisp along the lines of some of the great Pinot Gris now being made in Niagara. On the palate it is a ripe and full-bodied white that jolts the mouth with acid-laced juiciness that cuts through the bold and rich fruits.  Very fine indeed.

- Rick VanSickle


 2009 Charlotte's Chardonnay                     Rating: 

October 2010

This is an outrageously good unoaked Chardonnay for very little money ($15.00), not only that it's got flavours and smells that will completely lure you in and have you taking sip after pleasurable sip.  First, there's the nose of pineapple and melon which are the most noticeable in this aromatic punch bowl.  They are so sniffable you'll be amazed at how long you'll keep your nose in the glass. Since I need you to go further with this wine, it's time to get your nose out of the glass and get some of it onto your palate.  Melon, sweet pear, peach, candied lemon and grapefruit - not just sniffable but highly sippable as well.  Delicious sip after sniff after sip.  


2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc                 Rating:

August 13, 2010

A grassy, grapefruit and hervaceaous/floral nose that turns to lime and citrus fruit on the palate.  A nice and zesty, clean and bright Sauvignon that pairs so well with summer patio food. 

- Rick VanSickle


2007 Warren Classic Pinot Noir                     Rating:

August 13, 2010

I have come to trust any wine that says Warren Classic on the label and this is no exception.  Bright cherry, raspberry and vanilla notes on the nose.  It turns bold on the palate with plush tannins and finished with oak and spice. 

- Rick VanSickle


2008 Warren Classic Chardonnay                 Rating: 

August 13, 2010

Tropical ruits, toast, hazelnuts, spice and vanilla make this an appealing Chardy at this price.  Creamy citrus-tropical fruits on the palate to go with butterscotch-vanilla and all wonderfully balanced. 








2012 Wine Competition

GOLD 2010 Excellence Chardonnay
SILVER 2010 Excellence Merlot
SILVER 2011 Cranberry Wine



SILVER 2010 Excellence Pinot Noir
BRONZE 2010 Excellence Merlot
BRONZE 2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc
BRONZE 2010 Excellence Chardonnay
BRONZE 2010 Merlot
BRONZE 2011 Pinot Noir



2010 Excellence Chardonnay
SILVER 2010 Excellence Pinot Gris
SILVER 2010 Excellence Pinot Noir
SILVER 2010 Starlet White Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc
SILVER 2010 Warren Classic Chardonnay
BRONZE 2009 Excellence Meritage
BRONZE 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
BRONZE 2010 Excellence Merlot
BRONZE 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
BRONZE 2010 Starlet Cabernet- Merlot



DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Excellence Chardonnay
DOUBLE GOLD 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
GOLD 2010 Warren Classic Chardonnay
SILVER 2010 Excellence Merlot
BRONZE 2009 Cranberry Ice


GOLD       2009 Excellence Chardonnay





               SILVER 2009 Simply Red
               SILVER 2009 Barrel Fermented Barrel Aged Gewurztraminer Icewine
               SILVER 2009 Cranberry Ice
               BRONZE 2010 Excellence Chardonnay
               BRONZE 2009  Excellence Pinot Noir
               BRONZE 2009 Simply White
               BRONZE 2010 Charlotte's Chardonnay

SILVER   Excellence Pinot Noir 2009
SILVER   Excellence Pinot Gris 2010
SILVER Best Value Charlotte's Chardonnay 2010
SILVER Best Value Warren Classic Pinot Noir 2010
BRONZE   Excellence Sauvignon Blanc 2010
BRONZE   Warren Classic Cabernet Franc 2009
BRONZE   Sauvignon Blanc 2010
BRONZE   Warren Classic Chardonnay 2009
BRONZE   Warren Classic Chardonnay 2010
BRONZE   Excellence Chardonnay 2009
BRONZE   Excellence Gewurztraminer Icewine 2009

                               SILVER                             2009 Excellence Pinot Noir
                               SILVER                             2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay
                               SILVER                             2006 Chenin Blanc Icewine
                               BRONZE                             1999 Igluu Select L.H. Vidal 








 DOUBLE GOLD                            

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir
  GOLD 2009 Simply White
  GOLD 2010 Radical Red
  GOLD 2010 Passion
  BRONZE 2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay
  BRONZE 2009 Excellence Chardonnay 
  BRONZE                                     2010 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc
  BRONZE 2010 Pinot Grigio
  BRONZE  2009 Excellence Barrel Aged Barrel Fermented Icewine
  BRONZE  2009 Forte
  BRONZE 2009 Blueberry Maple Ice







  SILVER                              2009 Excellence Pinot Noir
  SILVER 2009 Excellence Gewurtztraminer Barrel Fermented Barrel Aged Icewine
  SILVER 2009 Blueberry Maple Ice
  SILVER 2009 Cranberry Ice
  SILVER 2009 Forte
  BRONZE 2009 Excellence Chardonnay 
  BRONZE                                     2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc
  BRONZE 2007 Chateau Cartier Merlot Cabernet
  BRONZE  2009 Cranberry
  BRONZE  2009 Passion



GOLD                                  2009 Gewurtztraminer Barrel Fermented Barrel Aged Icewine

BEST VALUE  2009 Charlotte's Chardonnay
SILVER 2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc
SILVER 2009 Excellence Pinot Gris
SILVER 2009 Charlotte's Chardonnay (unoaked)
BRONZE 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
BRONZE 2009 Pinot Grigio
BRONZE 2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay
BRONZE 2009 Warren Classic Pinot Noir
BRONZE                2009 Cranberry Ice
BRONZE 2009 Cranberry




GOLD                                     2009 Excellence Gewurtztraminer Barrel Fermented Icewine
GOLD 2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD 2009 Charlotte's Chardonnay (unoaked)
GOLD 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
GOLD 2009 Pinot Grigio
SILVER 2007 Chateau Cartier Merlot Cabernet
BRONZE 2008 Reserve Gewurtztraminer


SILVER              Chateau Cartier Merlot Cabernet
BRONZE 2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay


GOLDEN OAK AWARD 2007 Cabernet France Icewine
BEST OF SHOW 2007 Cabernet France Icewine 
BEST OF SHOW 2009 Gewurtztraminer Barrel Fermented Icewine
BEST OF SHOW 2007 Vidal Icewine



BRONZE    2008 Riesling 
BRONZE  2008 Gewurtztraminer
BRONZE 2008 Inspiration



GOLD        2008 Riesling
SILVER 2008 Gewurtztraminer


SILVER                        2005 Reserve Cabernet Franc
SILVER 2006 Chenin Blanc Icewine
BRONZE 2005 Igluu Select Late Harvest Cabernet Franc Icewine



SILVER       2006 Chenin Blanc Icewine


BRONZE 2008 Riesling          


BRONZE      2005 Reserve Cabernet Franc


GRAN MENZIONE  1999 Igluu Select Late Harvest Vidal Icewine



SILVER                   1999 Igluu Select Late Harvest Vidal Icewine


Stoney Ridge Estate Winery has been making great wines for more than 25 years.  

We are proud to say that we have received numerous awards and accolades ... simply too many to list!