Karlo Estates

I’ve recently been discovering Prince Edward County.  There is so much to explore; restaurants, galleries, fromageries, spectacular views of Lake Ontario and of course the wineries!  This blog is about one winery in particular, Karlo Estates.  I have visited the winery twice now, and I just can’t get enough so I’m going back on Friday!  Karlo Estates has captured the charm of The County in the ambiance of the winery and the friendliness of the owners, Richard and Sherry. The wines are tasty too!

Karlo Estates is located just outside the village of Wellington.  The winery is situated in a rustic, big red barn.  In the summer the large doors of the barn are open for visitors to enjoy the fresh County air and while tasting the wines.  The tasting bar is a long slab of wood propped on barrels.   The bar is adorned with antique water pitchers and gorgeous cheese boards filled with large peices of gourmet cheeses.  (The cheese is provided to compliment the tasting experience of the cool climate wines.)  Sunlight beams through the cracks of the barn walls, and birds can be heard chirping in the rafters.  It’s a very peaceful environment for wine tasting.

Karlo Estates

The dry stone bridge that adorns the wine labels.

Top reasons to visit Karlo Estates:
1.  The wines are crafted in small batches.  They are not available in the LCBO.
2.  Most of the wines are made naturally, with wild fermentations and no filtration.  This allows for lots of regional and varietal character.  Be aware of possible tartrate settlement in bottles.
3.  Stay and enjoy a glass of wine on the new back patio extension.  A light lunch menu will be offered in the summer.
4.  Check out the dry stone bridge Richard designed and constructed.
5.  My favourite experience at Karlo Estates is Richard and Sherry’s warm hospitality.  Get chatting with Richard and be sure to hear his roaring jolly laugh.  It’s contagious!

Tasting through the wines with Richard on the back patio.

Here are my notes on some of my favourite wines:

2009 Riesling
Clear, medium lemon colour. Youthful aromas of wet stone, chalk, lilacs and loads of stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and apricots.  There’s almost a hint of strawberry.  On the palate the wine is off dry which pleasantly balances the searing high acidity.  Moderate alcohol.  On the palate flavours of peach, lime and a hint of grain.  A lovely wine to sip as an aperitif.

2009 Chardonnay
Light gold colour with green highlights.  Medium intensity of complex aromas of almond milk, mineral, babies breath and white roses, fresh walnuts, green pears and a hint of caramel.  Dry, with medium acidity and moderate alcohol. Medium body with a creamy texture.  A slight bitter note on the finish.  More flavour of almond milk and savoury spices.  Another great County Chard.  Serve with trout almondine or local County cheeses.

2008 Quintus
Quintus is a traditional five grape variety Bordeaux blend.  Clear ruby colour.  Medium expression of sour and black cherries, red currants, savoury herbs such as thyme and bay leaf, a hint of violets.  Dry.  Medium acidity.  Soft, fine tannins.  Flavours of red fruits and herbs.  A medium bodied food wine.  Enjoy now with venison loin or herb crusted lamb chops.

2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
I love the intensity of this wine!  Dense ruby colour.  Concentrated aromas of black cherry, black berry, cassis and currant leaf.  A touch of forest floor, chocolate and mint.   On the palate it is dry, medium acidity, medium body with soft fine tannins.  Flavours of black fruits, black tea, raspberry and coffee.  Lingering finish.  Serve with grilled red meat like bison or hard cheeses.

For more information on Karlo Estates visit the website.

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About allisonvidug

Allison has been professionally passionate about wine and food for eight years. In that short time, Allison has traveled across Canada to work at some of the finest establishments focussed on premium wine, food and service. Her travels and education has allowed Allison the pleasure to live in some of Canada’s most beautiful locations such as the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, the Southern Gulf Islands, Toronto, Lake Louise and Muskoka. Some of Allison's favourite things include; wine, gin, whisky, cheese, mushrooms, cooking, hosting, growing vegetables, cottaging and dogs. Allison has seriously invested in her education of food and drink. She is a graduate of the Food and Beverage Management Diploma Program at George Brown College. She also holds a Diploma in Viticulture and Winery Management from Niagara College. Allison has fine tuned her wine and spirit sensory skills by completing certificates with the International Sommelier Guild and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Allison is currently completing here WSET Diploma, one of the highest levels of wine education.
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