Best Wines Of 2012

By Robert K. Stephen (CSW)

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Over 91 Club; the quality of wines crossing the desk of the Square Media Group in 2012 has been high. The quality of wines just keeps improving probably because the wine world is replete with passionate producers wishing to produce the highest quality wines given the terroir and grape varieties they work with. I rate wines out of 100 but I’d like to think this is based on technicalities. Is the wine balanced between acids and tannins? Does the aroma follow through to the palate? Is the aroma complex? Is the palate complex? Is the finish lasting and intriguing.

But let’s not confuse the points above with the setting and atmosphere, which may not elevate the wine technically but spiritually give it a memorable burst. I can recall having a glass of Plavic Mali overlooking a glorious September sunset on the Adriatic in Dubrovnik, Croatia, high up in the cliffs. An awesome moment despite the less than awesome wine but the moment elevated the sensory remembrance that wine.

What were the best wines of 2012 I encountered? As an arbitrary measure let’s focus on those wines reaching a 92 and beyond rating.



  1. (95) Meyer Family Vineyards 2010 McLean Creek VQA Okanagan Falls, Pinot Noir, $40. (British Columbia)
  2. (95) Eau Vivre 2008 Pinot Noir, VQA Similkameen Valley, 12/$228. (British Columbia)
  3. (94) Featherstone 2011 Rosé, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $16.95. (Ontario)
  4. (94) Chateau Saint Paul 2009 AC Haut Medoc, $22. (France)
  5. (94) Cesari Bosan 2003, Gerardo Cesari, Amarone della Valpolicella $100(Italia)
  6. (93) Featherstone 2010 Cabernet Franc, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $16.95. (Ontario)
  7. (92) Gaspereau Vineyards 2009 Barrel Select Lucie Kuhlman, $24.99. (Nova Scotia)
  8. (92) Cassini Cellars 2009 Syrah, VQA Okanagan Valley, $33.95 (British Columbia)
  9. (92) Huff Estates 2011 Merlot, VQA, Ontario $19.95. (Ontario)
  10. (92) Baillie Grohman 2011 Blanc de Noirs, VQA British Columbia, 6/107.94. (British Columbia)
  11. (92) Cave Spring 2010 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $17.95. (Ontario)
  12. (92) Clos de Gat, Ayalon Valley 2007, Judean Hills, Israel, $47.95 (Israel)
  13. (92) Shiloh Shor KP 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Judean Hills, $32.95. (Israel)
  14. (92) Lannesan 2009 AC Haut Medoc, $26. (France)
  15. (92) La Vielle Cure 2009 AC Fronsac, $34. (France)
  16. (92) 2009 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir, Sokol Blosser Winery, Oregon $$34.95 (United States)




  1. (94) Meyer Family Vineyards 2010 McLean Creek Chardonnay, British Columbia $35. (British Columbia)
  2. (93) Colchester Ridge Estate Winery 2011 Gewürztraminer, VQA Lake Erie North Shore $14.80 (Ontario)
  3. (93) Jackson Triggs Entourage 2008 Gold Series Sauvignon Blanc, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $22.95. (Ontario)
  4. (93) Jackson Triggs Silver Series 2010 Chardonnay, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $17.95, (Ontario)
  5. (93) Gaspereau Vineyards 2010 Muscat, Nova Scotia, $19.99. (Nova Scotia)
  6. (93) Pondview 2010 Gewürztraminer, VQA Four Mile Creek, Pondview Estate Winery, Niagara on the Lake, 14.2% $19.99. (Ontario)
  7. (92) Huff Estates Cuvée Peter L. Huff 2008, VQA Prince Edward County, $39.95. (Ontario)
  8. (92) Henry of Pelham 2010 Pinot Grigio, VQA Niagara Peninsula, $14.95. (Ontario)
  9. (92) Lacey Estates Winery 2011 Gewürztraminer, VQA Prince Edward County, $25 (Ontario)
  10. (92) Cave Spring 2011 Estate Bottled Riesling, VQA Beamsville Bench, $17.95. (Ontario)
  11. (92) Baillie Grohmann 2011 Pinot Gris, VQA British Columbia, $ 6/119.24. (British Columbia)
  12. (92) Pondview 2010 Chardonnay, VQA Four Mile Creek, Pondview Estate Winery, Niagara on the Lake, 13.8% $17.20. ( Ontario)

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About the Author

Robert Stephen (CSW)
Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write." Email Robert Stephen