Awards

Evan Saviolidis, Tidings

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir

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.

Rating: 88 Points

2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc

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.

Rating: 90 Points

2009 Excellence Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 90 Points

2008 Charlotte’s Chardonnay (Unoaked)

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 this price, it is a no brainer multiple bottle purchase. Serve this wine as an aperitif or with canapes.

Rating: 90 Points

2008 Reserve Baco Noir

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

Rating: 86 Points

2009 Pinot Grigio

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.

Rating: 88 Points

Ryan VanSickle, Wines in Niagara

“Stoney Ridge is a winery that has always impressed me, not only from a value point of view but also for the work that goes into these wines.”

2010 Excellence Pinot Gris

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.

Rating: 91 Points

2009 Forte

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.

Rating: 87 Points

2009 Warren Classic Cabernet Franc

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.

Rating: 88 Points

2009 Excellence Pinot Gris

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.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

2009 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc

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.

Rating: 4 Stars

2007 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

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.

Rating: 4 Stars

2008 Warren Classic Chardonnay

Tropical fruits, 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

Evan Saviolidis, Wine Savvy

2009 Unoaked Chardonnay, Niagara

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.

Rating: 87 Points

2010 Excellence Pinot Gris

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.

Rating: 92 Points

Barrel Fermented Excellence Gewurztraminer Icewine

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.

Rating: 92 Points

2010 Excellence Sauvignon Blanc

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.

Rating: 91 Points

2010 Sauvignon Blanc

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)

Rating: 88 Points

2009 Excellence Cabernet Franc

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.

Rating: 90 Points

Dean Tudor, Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada

2009 Excellence Chardonnay

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Rating: 4 Stars

Top Value White Wines Under $20

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, citric tones, and that tart finish for food. LCBO # 513705.

Rating: 90 Points

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir

Rating: 88 – 90 Points

2009 Excellence Chardonnay

Rating: 91+ Points

2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Rating: 88 – 90 Points

2009 Warrren Classic Cabernet Franc

Rating: 88 – 90 Points

2009 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

Rating: 88 – 90 Points

2009 Simply White

Rating: 85 – 87 Points

Michael Pinkus, OntarioWineReview.com

2009 Charlotte’s Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 4 Stars

2008 Cabernet Merlot

When I first put my nose into the glass I couldn’t quite place the smell I was smelling. Then 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 chunks. 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

2009 Excellence Pinot Gris

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 label…apple, 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.

Rating: 4 Stars

2009 Charlotte’s Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Gord Stimmel, TheStar.com

2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 90+ Points

2008 Reserve Gewurztraminer

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.

Rating: 90+ Points

Gord Stimmell, Wine Fox

2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 90+ Points

2009 Excellence Pinot Noir

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.

Gordon Stimmell, Toronto Star

2009 Simply White

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.

Rating: 89 Points

2008 Warren Classic Chardonnay

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.

Rating: 90+ Points

Vin Greco, SooToday.com

2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay

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.

Rating: N/A

Vin Greco, SooToday.com

2009 Warren Classic Chardonnay

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.

Rating: N/A

David Lawrason, Wine Access

2007 Vidal Icewine

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 length. Vidal rarely reaches these heights.

Rating: 94 Points

Andre Proulx, News Talk 1010

2009 Excellence Chardonnay

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 presence 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.

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2010 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

2010 Charlotte’s Chardonnay

Dan Kislenko, The Hamilton Spectator

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.

Pull the Cork

2009 Warren Classic Pinot Noir

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”.

Food & Drink Magazine

2009 Simply White

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 label, 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%) to this lightly oaked Chardonnay (92%) 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 sandwich while still providing refreshment.

Michael Pinkus

Stoney Ridge Excellence Pinot Noir

“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.

Rating: 4 Stars

Awards by Year Continued

2007

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Award Wine
BRONZE 2005 Reserve Cabernet Franc

2006

Vinitaly

Award Wine
GRAN MENZIONE 1999 Igluu Select Late Harvest Vidal Icewine

Challenge International du vin

Award Wine
SILVER 1999 Igluu Select Late Harvest Vidal Icewine

2005 & Previous Awards

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!

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