Friday, 15 February 2013

February 16, 2013 Vintages Release - One for the Ages

Here are our picks for the Release:

Wine of the Release (Andy's pick, because this is not a demoracy, and this bubbly must be had...)

AYALA MAJEUR BRUT CHAMPAGNE  $48.95
VINTAGES 4143 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Champagne, France
By: Champagne Ayala

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Champagne
12.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Varietal Not Applicable
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Sugar Content: 11 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry
Description
This wine ranked 77th in Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011.

Tasting Note
There's a firm, chalky edge to this minerally Champagne, and mouthwatering flavors of candied lemon peel, green apple, crystallized honey and biscuit. This has an elegant texture and an overall sense of style. Drink now through 2020. Score - 92. (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2011)


Yvonne's Picks

GEMMA COLAREJ BAROLO 2007  $34.95
VINTAGES 232447 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Piedmont, Italy
By: Premium Wine Selection

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.1% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresio)
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Barolo Colarej is characterized by dark concentration, powdery tannins and bright aromas of forest fruit, cola and exotic spice. The wine presents a compact, streamlined style with a blast of fruit intensity on the finish. Pair this beautiful wine with game hen and black truffle. Score - 92. (Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2011)

GIRIBALDI BARBARESCO 2006   $31.95
VINTAGES 101147 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Piedmont, Italy
By: Azienda Giribaldi

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Nebbiolo (Barolo, Barbaresio)
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Attractive cherry, plum and tobacco aromas and flavors get support from dense tannins in this pretty yet well-toned red, which still needs time for the tannins to soften, but shows harmony and a lingering aftertaste of spice and mineral. Best from 2013 through 2024. Score - 93. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, Dec. 31, 2011)

TERRE NERE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2006  $34.95
VINTAGES 208462 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Tuscany, Italy
By: Campigli Vallone Pierina

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Sangiovese (Chianti)
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

Tasting Note
Spicy and already showing some mushroomy and woodsy aromas, this is complex and flavorful, with cherry and tobacco notes and a touch of licorice. Tightly wound, with a lingering, savory aftertaste. Best from 2013 through 2025. Score - 92. (Bruce Sanderson, winespectator.com, June 30, 2011)

ROSEWOOD ESTATES MERLOT 2010  $22.00
VINTAGES 211896 | 750 mL bottle

This is a VQA wine

Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Rosewood Estates Winery

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
13.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Merlot
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

Tasting Note
Beautiful wild strawberry, white pepper spice and a fine herbal touch with damsons, blueberries and notes of pure cherry fruit and vanilla cream. Score - 5 Stars (out of 5). (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2012)

DOMAINE DE MONTORGE MONTAGNY 1ER CRU 2010   $21.95
VINTAGES 208561 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Burgundy, France
By: Vins Divins

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, White Wine
13.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Chardonnay
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Sugar Content: 3 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Great value here in 1er Cru white Burgundy. Complex yellow plum, lemon, and green apple aromas and flavours, with subtle toasty and nutty notes providing good counterpoints. Rich, creamy texture and good persistence. Would go nicely with Cornish hen. Enjoy over the next 5-7 years. (VINTAGES panel, Dec. 2012)


CASTELLO DI AMA CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2008  $34.95
VINTAGES 39768 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Tuscany, Italy
By: Castello Di Ama

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Sangiovese (Chianti)
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Sugar Content: 6 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
(mainly sangiovese, with cabernet franc, merlot and malvasia nera): Good medium-deep red. Black cherry, redcurrant, licorice and menthol aromas are lifted by a floral element that carries through on the palate. Flavors of dark cherry, licorice and underbrush are complicated by a tarry quality. Finishes suave and smooth, with harmonious tannins and good subtle, spicy length. I was impressed by the purity of the sangiovese fruit, given the fact that the wine also includes cabernet franc and merlot components; chalk up another winner to the dynamic duo of Lorenza Sebaste and Marco Pallanti. Score - 92(+?) . (Ian D'Agata, International Wine Cellar, Sept. 2012)

Andy's Picks

MCPHERSON BASILISK SHIRAZ/MOURVÈDRE 2010  $18.95
VINTAGES 289926 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Victoria, Australia
By: Mcpherson Wines

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Named Varietal Blends-Red
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

Tasting Note
The wine has the excellent colour that is the hallmark of most vintages of this over-delivering, estate-grown blend. Black cherry and spicy tannins are woven through the stylish medium-bodied palate, which has a long finish. It will be good any time over the next 5 years. Drink [until] 2016. Score - 93. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, July 17, 2012)


THE HOGUE CELLARS GENESIS RIESLING 2010  $18.95
VINTAGES 309666 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Washington State, USA
By: Constellation Brands Inc.

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, White Wine
12.1% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Riesling
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Sugar Content: 15 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

Tasting Note
Irresistible from the get-go, this fragrant wine offers up inviting aromas of citrus, stone and exotic tropical fruits. Flavors of ripe peaches, brightened with vivid acidity, keep it in perfect balance. The 1.4% residual sugar is barely noticeable; the finish lingers gracefully and refreshes the palate, inviting the next sip. Score - 92. (Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, July 2012)

SOL DE ANDES RESERVA ESPECIAL SYRAH 2008  $17.95
VINTAGES 274159 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile
By: Agricola Y Comercial Santacamila Sa

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

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
Smoke, game spice box, lavender, and blueberry; concentrated with structure; drink 2012-2020. Score - 90. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2010)


WAKEFIELD RIESLING 2011  $14.95
VINTAGES 301523 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Wakefield Wines Pty Ltd.

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, White Wine
13.0% Alcohol/Vol.

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

Tasting Note
This is a classically styled Clare Riesling, from its hints of talcum powder, green apple and lime to its precise line and crisp finish. It's dry and undeniably tart and citrusy - perfect for aging 4-8 years. Score - 91. (Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, April 2012)


SCHILD SHIRAZ 2009  $28.95
VINTAGES 66555 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Schild Estate

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
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Sugar Content: 5 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

Tasting Note
This expressive Shiraz is bursting with dark plum and bright blueberry notes, joined by hints of roasted meat and spice. The finish rolls along with an airy, open texture that lets the flavors sail. Shows depth and pinpoint balance. Drink now through 2019. Score - 92. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, April 30, 2012)

DELAS FRÈRES LES LAUNES CROZES-HERMITAGE 2010  $20.95
VINTAGES 701359 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rhône, France
By: Delas Vins A St Jean De Muzols

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
12.8% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Syrah/Shiraz
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Sugar Content: 3 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Opaque purple. Powerful, textbook syrah aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, plus a smoky mineral note. Sweet and lush on entry, then spicy and firm in the middle palate, offering black and blue fruits and floral and spice qualities. Ripe and fresh, with a juicy, impressively long finish featuring notes of candied flowers and minerals. Score - 90-92. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, March/April 2012)


ALLEGRO CON SPIRITO ENEBRAL 2009  $15.95
VINTAGES 305565 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rueda, Spain
By: Allegro Con Spirito Gourmet S.L.

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Red Wine
14.0% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Varietal - Other
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Sugar Content: 4 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: XD - Extra Dry

Tasting Note
The 2009 Enebral spent nearly a year in new French oak before bottling without filtration. Aromas of toasty oak, mineral, spice box, licorice, and blackberry compose the bouquet of this round, supple, nicely proportioned wine. It will benefit from another 1-2 years of cellaring but can be approached now. Score - 91. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, June 2011)


QUINTA DO NOVAL SINGLE VINEYARD LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2005  $24.95
VINTAGES 677815 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Douro, Portugal
By: Quinta Do Noval

Release Date: Feb 16, 2013

Wine, Fortifieds, Port
19.5% Alcohol/Vol.

Varietal: Blend - Other
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Sugar Content: 92 g/L

Tasting Note
This is succulent and fruity, with concentrated flavors of dark plum, blackberry and chocolate mousse that are backed by good grip. The snappy finish features hints of licorice. Drink now through 2025. Special Designation: Highly Recommended. Score - 93. (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, July 31, 2012)


Enjoy!

-The OttawaWineJournal Gang














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