Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Feb 2, 2013 VINTAGES RELEASE – OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

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RICOSSA ANTICA CASA MOSCATO D'ASTI 2011  $16.95
VINTAGES 72272 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Piedmont, Italy
By: Mgm Mondo Del Vino S.R.L.
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Medium-bodied & Flavourful
Wine, Sparkling Wine, White
5.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Moscato D'Asti
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Sugar Content: 128 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: S - Sweet
Tasting Note
Pale silvery straw color. Perfumed aromas of potpourri, candied lemon, herbal lotion, and honeycomb with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a long, honeyed, caramelized citrus and lilac finish. Rich and delicious. Exceptional. Designation: Best Buy. Score - 93. (tastings.com, March 12, 2012)

R. POUILLON & FILS 1ER CRU BRUT ROSÉ CHAMPAGNE  $44.95
VINTAGES 314518 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Champagne, France
By: Champagne R. Pouillon & Fils
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Champagne
12.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Blend - Other
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Sugar Content: 10 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
A vinous rosé Champagne, showing Burgundy-like hints of violet, cherry compote, plum, spice box and fresh forest in an elegant, finely cut package. Very aromatic and vibrant, with a long, creamy finish. Drink now through 2021. Score - 92. (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 15, 2011)

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NORMAN HARDIE CHARDONNAY 2009  $35.00
VINTAGES 184432 | 750 mL bottle
This is a VQA wine
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Hardie Wines
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Full-bodied & Rich
Wine, White Wine
11.9% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Sugar Content: 2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Description
Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards.
Tasting Note
Wonderfully expressive, complex Chardonnay that offers up inviting aromas of coconut oil, buttermilk, yellow apple, apricot, orchard blossom and stony mineral. Still quite youthful on the palate, with vivacious acidity and generous oak accents. Crisp, lightly toasty finish has a lip-smacking mineral and orchard apple notes. Everything is in place for this to cellar nicely; expect it to become even more interesting over 5+ years. Also enjoyable tonight with pork roast. (VINTAGES panel, Nov. 2012)

TAWSE SKETCHES OF NIAGARA RIESLING 2010   $17.95
VINTAGES 89029 | 750 mL bottle
This is a VQA wine
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Tawse Winery
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, White Wine
10.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Riesling
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Sugar Content: 31 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: M - Medium
Description
Gold Medal winner at the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards. Also selected as one of only eleven wines to receive the 2012 Lieutenant Governor's Award for Excellence in Ontario Wines.
Tasting Note
Huge value here from a finalist for the Canadian Wine Awards White Wine of the Year 2011 honours. It is not a profound, nuanced, mineral-driven riesling, but it is intense, juicy, fresh and exceedingly bright. Very fresh acidity balances, some sweetness, creaminess and the ripeness of the vintage. Expect yellow plum-pear, grapefruit and vague petrol and spice. It's so zesty and mouthwatering; with excellent length. Score - 91. (David Lawrason, winealign.com, March 2012)

FEATHERSTONE BLACK SHEEP RIESLING 2011  $16.95
VINTAGES 80234 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Featherstone Estate Winery
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Aromatic & Flavourful
Wine, White Wine
10.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Riesling
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Sugar Content: 18 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: M - Medium
Description
A lip-smacker of a wine. Pair with grilled prawns in a lemon-herb sauce, or for a fun brunch option, alongside ham-and-cheese omelettes and fresh fruit.
Tasting Note
Yes, the leaf canopy is cropped by real sheep to let sun into the grape clusters, and the resulting wine shows candied pear and apple, with wet stone and jasmine-laced aromas and flavours. Score - 90. (Gordon Stimmell, The Toronto Star, April 6, 2012)

CHÂTEAU DE POCÉ TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2011 $13.95
VINTAGES 313569 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Loire, France
By: Domaine Chainier
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, White Wine
12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Description
A jaw-dropping value, this wine took home the Grand Prix d'Excellence at the Vinalies 2012 competition.
Tasting Note
If you know a Sauvignon Blanc fan who's fond of New Zealand's work and wants to expand their horizons, look no further - this wine serves up complexity and subtlety at a very approachable price. With fresh garden herbs, green apple, asparagus and steely mineral character, it's crisp, vivacious and a joy to drink. Lovely as a sipper, it will also shine alongside mild green curry with shrimp, or herbed chicken breast with a green salad. (VINTAGES panel, Dec. 2012)
HILL-SMITH ESTATE CHARDONNAY 2010   $19.95
VINTAGES 361584 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Negociants International
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Full-bodied & Rich
Wine, White Wine
13.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Sugar Content: 2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry
Tasting Note
Generous, in a refreshing frame that lets the spicy pear and clove flavors dance through the deft finish. Offers intensity without weight. Drink now through 2015. Score - 90. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, May 31, 2012)

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JUSTIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010   $33.95 (Highly Recommended)
VINTAGES 684308 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: California, USA
By: Justin Vineyards

Release Date: Feb 2, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Sugar Content:
2 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor:
D - Dry

Tasting Note
When Justin Baldwin founded Justin Vineyards in 1981, there were fewer than 10 wineries in the Paso Robles appellation. This release features ripe dark plum, raspberry and dried fruit aromas that give way to sweet oak, berry and cherry flavors. A somewhat lean, high-acid style with slightly grippy tannins on the finish. Recommended. (Lynne Char Bennett, San Francisco Chronicle, Sept. 21, 2012)


CIRRUS SYRAH 2007   $33.95
VINTAGES 54338 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Stellenbosch, South Africa
By: Engelbrecht Els Vineyards
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
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Sugar Content: 7 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry
Tasting Note
A ripe, plush style, with alluring plum, currant paste and hoisin sauce notes laced with hints of pastis and violet. The long, velvety finish is rich but fresh, thanks to nicely embedded acidity. Drink now through 2012. Score - 92. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, April 30, 2010)

YALUMBA THE STRAPPER GSM 2010    $19.95
VINTAGES 295873 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Negociants International
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Named Varietal Blends-Red
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry
Tasting Note
Smooth, round and generous with its ripe cherry, orange peel and spice flavors, this red finishes with integrity and intensity, lingering effortlessly. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2016. Score - 91. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, April 30, 2012)

MARIMAR ESTATE LA MASÍA PINOT NOIR 2007   $34.95
VINTAGES 303974 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: California, USA
By: Torres Family Vineyards
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
14.1% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
The vineyard is in the cooler Green Valley, although you wouldn't know it from the label. The wine shows considerable crispness and dryness, with moderate alcohol. There are some tabasco and balsam notes grounding the richer cherry and sandalwood flavors. It's enormously elegant, a smooth, complex, silky Pinot Noir that should develop through the next six years. Score - 93. (Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2010)

YAMHILL VALLEY VINEYARDS ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2009   $24.95
VINTAGES 313999 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Oregon, USA
By: Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry
Tasting Note
The 2009 Pinot Noir Estate offers up a fragrant perfume of smoke, cinnamon, clove, rose petal, and red cherry. This leads to a medium-bodied, intensely flavored yet elegant offering that delivers excellent depth and concentration for the vintage. It is a great value in high quality Pinot Noir. Score - 90. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2011)

BEST'S GREAT WESTERN BIN NO. 1 SHIRAZ 2010   $24.95
VINTAGES 222323 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Victoria, Australia
By: Best'S Wines Pty Ltd
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
Deep crimson-purple; classic full-bodied shiraz from a cool region; has intensity, complexity and power, with firm, ripe tannins, but no alcohol heat or dead fruit. Long future. Drink [until] 2030. Score - 94. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 17, 2012)

REMHOOGTE ESTATE WINE 2006  $18.95
VINTAGES 694539 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Simonsberg-Stellenbosch, South Africa
By: Remhoogte Wine Estate
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
15.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Named Varietal Blends-Red
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Description
Gold Medal winner at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2010.
Tasting Note
Bold 06. Merlot, shiraz, cab, pinotage deliver plush black fruit concentration, well-rounded mouthfeel; tannins a satisfyingly dry conclusion. Score - 4 Stars (out of 5). (Christian Eedes, Platter's South African Wine Guide, 2012)

HECHT & BANNIER CÔTES DU ROUSSILLON-VILLAGES 2010   $23.95
VINTAGES 142802 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Midi, France
By: H & B Selection
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
Wine, Red Wine
15.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Blend - Other
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
Tasted as a pre-assemblage from barrel, the Hecht & Bannier 2010 Cotes du Roussillon Villages is colorfully fruited with suggestions of black raspberry, blackberry, cassis, and blueberry, all alluringly wreathed in heliotrope and lily. Overtly chalky and smoky crushed stone and peat notes serve for counterpoint on a richly-textured, ripely-fruited yet vivacious palate, and hints of salt and dark chocolate at once add saliva-inducement, invigoration, and depth to a long finish. This impressive exemplar of vintage - not to mention Roussillon - virtues will hopefully gain in stature in the completion of its elevage and ought to be worth following for the better part of a decade. Drink: 2011-2021. Score - 91-92+. (David Schildknecht, erobertparker.com, June 2011)

DOMAINE GRAND VENEUR LES CHAMPAUVINS CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2010   $18.95
VINTAGES 76331 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Rhône, France
By: Alain Jaume & Fils
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Style: Medium-bodied & Fruity
Wine, Red Wine
13.0% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Blend - Other
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
The single-vineyard Cotes du Rhone, the 2010 Les Champauvins, is a smaller cuvee made largely from Grenache (70%) and the rest Syrah and Mourvedre. This is the poor person's Chateauneuf du Pape, with notes of garrigue, lavender, black cherry jam, licorice, and a hint of blacker fruits. Rich, full-bodied, ripe, with sweet tannin and lots of concentration, this is a beauty to drink over the next 8-10 years - it is that rich and concentrated. Score - 92. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, June 2012)

LES HALOS DE JUPITER 2010   $14.95
VINTAGES 309153 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Rhône, France
By: Vignobles Michel Gassier
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Blend - Other
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
The 2010 Costieres de Nimes (a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre and Carignan) is a fruit-forward, front end-loaded, delicious red offering lots of black cherry, black raspberry, earth and spice notes, medium body, silky tannins and a disarming exuberance and vibrancy. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years. Drink: 2011-2014. Score - 88-90. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, Oct. 2011)

ROCCA DELLE MACÌE CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2008   $21.95
VINTAGES 930966 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: Tuscany, Italy
By: Rocca Delle Macie S.P.A.
Release Date: Feb 2, 2013
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Varietal: Sangiovese (Chianti)
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Tasting Note
Lots of rich and ripe fruit here, with fresh plum that turns to prune with chocolate undertones. Full and velvety. Drink now or age. Score - 92. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, July 24, 2011)

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-OttawaWineJournal Team

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