Prince Edward County, Ontario (12) Karlo Estates

In 2006 Richard Karlo and Sherry Martin planted the first vines at Karlo Estates, a property they’d bought the previous year. They planted a wide spectrum of varieties, focusing on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Frontenac. They released their first wines in 2008 and built a winery in 2010. The vineyard area expanded to 14 acres (the property is 93 acres), but tragically Richard died in 2014.

Derek Barnett, winemaker at Karlo Estates

Winemaking is now in the hands of Derek Barnett, previously of Lailey in Niagara. In addition to the estate fruit, Karlo also buy in some fruit from growers in the county, as well as sourcing some from Niagara.

Karlo Estates Chardonnay 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Fresh and layered with nice citrus notes, as well as some pear and spice. Juicy, showing attractive oak in the background. Nice weight and focus here. 92/100

Karlo Estates Estate Pinot Noir 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
This is grown at miserly yields of 1.5 tons/acre. Nice concentration with notes of sour cherries and plums. Has nice precision with a touch of herbiness, and some tannic grip. 92/100

Karlo Estates Lake on the Mountain Pinot Noir 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Nice depth here: has sweet cherry and plum fruit with a hint of meatiness. Supple fruit backed by nice acidity. 92/100

Karlo Estates Malbec 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Dense sweet berry fruits dominate here, with some black cherries and herbs. Nice finesse. Shows subtle tar and herb savouriness. Nice focus and structure. 90/100

Karlo Estates Cabernet Franc 2017 Prince Edward County, Canada
Supple and fresh, showing juicy, peppery fruit and subtle herby notes. Very expressive with good acidity and a tart sour cherry finish. 89/100

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Here’s a report from my first visit in 2013

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