Friday, 26 April 2013

Vintages Release April 27, 2013 - Our Picks

OUR PICKS FOR THE APRIL 27, 2013 RELEASE

BUBBLY:

MIGUEL TORRES SANTA DIGNA ESTELADO SPARKLING BRUT ROSÉ 2011  $19.95
VINTAGES 317669 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Maule Valley, Chile

Tasting Note
(100% pais): Light orange-pink. Redcurrant and cherry on the pungent, spice-accented nose. Lithe, precise and dry, with good lift to its spicy red berry and bitter blood orange flavors. Finishes silky and dry, with lingering floral and spice notes and very good energy. This suave bubbly rose matches up to plenty of non-vintage versions from Champagne, but a far more reasonable price Score - 89. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, May 2012)

WHITE:

TOMMASI ADORATO PARZIALE APPASSIMENTO BIANCO 2011  $15.95
VINTAGES 320721 | 750 mL bottle

Tasting Note
This blend of 90% Garganaga and 10% Chardonnay offers insight into what can be accomplished through the application of the appassimento method to white grapes. Rich aromas of citrus, apple, pear, honey, spice and sandalwood. The palate is ripe and round with plenty of impressive fruit concentration. Pair this with a variety of pork dishes, or grilled sea bass. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2012)

FREI BROTHERS RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2010   $23.95
VINTAGES 317891 | 750 mL bottle
Made in: California, USA

Tasting Note
Lots of toasty, caramelized oak tones combine with ripe flavors of pineapples, pears and green apples. It seems a little sweet on the finish, but that's balanced by a swirl of acidity. Drink now. Special Designation: Editor's Choice. Score - 90. (Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, Sept. 2012)

MUD HOUSE THE WOOLSHED VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010   $20.95
VINTAGES 312744 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Note
The 2010 'The Woolshed Vineyard' Sauvignon Blanc has appealing grapefruit, green apple and passion fruit aromas with a touch of sage. Crisp, concentrated and medium bodied with a suggestion of texture, it has a long steely finish. Drink this one now to 2014. Score - 90. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2011)

JEAN-MARC BROCARD MONT DE MILIEU CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2010   $27.95
VINTAGES 265348 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Burgundy, France

Tasting Note
A ripe, fresh and moderately exotic mostly yellow fruit nose that exhibits plenty of seaweed and oyster shell influences, both of which can be found on the rich, dense, powerful and quite serious medium weight plus flavors that possess excellent dry extract where the focus is maintain by a firm acid spine on the dry, intense, balanced and beautifully long finish. Sweet spot outstanding. Drink 2016+. Score - 91-93. (Allen Meadows, burghound.com, Oct. 2011)

LAMMERSHOEK ROULETTE BLANC 2010   $23.95
VINTAGES 225458 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Swartland, South Africa

Tasting Note
The 2010 Roulette Blanc is a blend of Chenin Blanc (around 50%) plus Viognier, Chardonnay and Clairette. It has a truly wonderful bouquet that leaps out of the glass: lime cordial, honeysuckle, jasmine and broom all with stunning delineation. The palate is very well balanced with a touch of orange peel on the entry. It has brilliant balance with such clarity on the complex, waxy-textured, white Chateauneuf-inspired finish. Drink now-2020. Score - 93. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2012)

GAIA THALASSITIS ASSYRTIKO 2011  $21.95
VINTAGES 315010 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Santorini, Greece

Tasting Note
The 2011 Thalassitis is one of Greece's most recognizable Assyrtikos, and this vintage looks like a big winner. From very old vines (approximately 80 years old), this Assyrtiko has laser beam acidity, very fine concentration in the mid-palate, focus and intensity. The grip on the finish is notable and it lingers very nicely. It actually becomes more penetrating with aeration and warmth. It doesn't even really begin to show its stuff until Day 2, though. Of all the young whites I opened for this report, this was certainly one of the most intense and deepest. It was unevolved even when retasted on Day 2, the acidity zipping through the concentrated fruit. Yet, it was never shrill, the solid mid-palate easily holding its own. This is a stunner that should be closer to peak next summer. If you want to drink it this summer, it is not infanticide, it will still drink quite well, but it won't be at peak. Since it is also a terrific value, of course, you can probably afford to squander a bottle or two. Drink now-2019. Score - 93. (Mark Squires, erobertparker.com, April 2012)

RED:

SOUTHBROOK TRIOMPHE CABERNET FRANC 2011  $21.95
VINTAGES 275958 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Ontario, Canada

Tasting Note
Inviting aromas of black cherry and blackberry embroidered with wisps of licorice, cola and smoke set the stage for a ripe, round wine simply bursting with dark fruit. Youthful tannins provide good traction. This is a very nicely made Cab Franc to tuck away in the cellar and drink over the next 5 years, or decant and enjoy tonight with pasta bolognese, meat stews or grilled steaks. (VINTAGES panel, Feb. 2013)


QUAILS' GATE MERLOT 2010  $26.95
VINTAGES 169961 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: British Columbia, Canada

Tasting Note
Savoury and mouth-watering with gorgeous fleshy dark fruit. Could use some cellar time to bring out its finer nuances that will emerge with time. Classic. Food matches: Angus beef tenderloin with Lyonnaise potato, field beans and mushroom sauté. Drink: 2017-2020. Score - 91. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Oct. 31, 2012)

EOS ESTATE PETITE SIRAH 2009  $19.95
VINTAGES 317677 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: California, USA

Tasting Note
Named for the Greek goddess of dawn, this is sure to wake up your next barbecue. Good fullness to the nose, with lots of blackberry and spice. Very fruit-forward with great balance throughout and a nice long flavourful finish. Enjoy this with a grilled gourmet burger, or with a mildly spiced Mexican bean salad. (VINTAGES panel, July 2012)

SUSANA BALBO SIGNATURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011  $19.95
VINTAGES 260919 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note
[Tasted at the winery, February 2012] The signature is that of Susana Balbo, one of Argentina's foremost winemakers. Selecting grapes (there's 10% malbec here) from three sub-regions of Mendoza, she has created a red with bold and luscious flavours. The layered complexity is impressive, the acidity pitches to make a juicy tanginess, and the tannins are forward and ripe. Best drunk 2013 to 2018. Score - 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Rod Phillips, rodphillipsonwine.com, Jan. 5, 2013)

CHILCAS SINGLE VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009  $17.95
VINTAGES 309757 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Tasting Note
Black fruit, mint, baking spices and herbal aromas all knit together well on the bouquet. The palate has a tightness to it but also good richness, while the flavors of cassis, black cherry and tobacco are true to Chile and expressive. Dark, smoky and savory on the finish. Score - 90. (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 2011)

MAYCAS DEL LIMARÍ RESERVA ESPECIAL SYRAH 2009  $19.95
VINTAGES 269423 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Limari Valley, Chile

Tasting Note
Deep inky-black colour; really intense and perfumed nose here, with a fine range of spicy, black pepper, violet, fresh cassis and blackberry as well as integrated, wood-derived spices. The palate is fullish, fleshy, structured, terrifically intense, with marked wood but so much supporting fruit as to ensure integration over the next 1-3 years on the cellar. All in all, this is an exceptional value wine with quality, complexity and class way, way above the asking price. Outstanding. Tasted January 2011. Score - 91. (John Szabo, M.S., winealign.com, Feb. 23, 2011)

YALUMBA PATCHWORK SHIRAZ 2010  $21.95
VINTAGES 98392 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia

Tasting Note
A generous, full-bodied, supple red with attractive aromas of black plum, blackberries and black raspberries. Incredible concentration and depth. Great for dinner parties, featuring steak, lamb or pork. Food matches: pork rib ragu, rigatoni. Drink: 2012-2020. Score - 92. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Jan. 4, 2013)

CLIFFORD BAY PINOT NOIR 2010  $19.95
VINTAGES 309500 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand

Tasting Note
Robust, offering plenty of fresh black cherry and plum flavors that are extremely juicy and intense, with cigar box and spice details and firm tannins. Drink now through 2020. Score - 89. (MaryAnn Worobiec, winespectator.com, Dec. 31, 2012)

DOMAINE DE SAINT SIFFREIN CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2010  $41.95
VINTAGES 169771 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rhône, France

Tasting Note
A blend of two-thirds Grenache and the rest mostly Syrah and Mourvedre with a touch of Cinsault from 60-year-old vines, all aged in old wood foudres, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is deep and full-bodied. One of the great buys of the vintage, it exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as abundant notes of black raspberries, incense, Asian plum sauce, garrigue and licorice. With stunning concentration and purity, a full-bodied texture and a long finish, it still has some tannins to shed, so give it 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it over the following 15-20. Drink: 2014-2034. Score - 94. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, Oct. 2012)

DOMAINE LA FLORANE CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES VISAN 2010  $18.95
VINTAGES 320176 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rhône, France

Tasting Note
Very enticing, with a lovely black tea aroma giving way to hints of mulled spice and warm fruitcake, followed by mulled fig, blackberry paste and currant preserves notes. Long and fleshy, but subtle and refined on the finish, with lively minerality. Drink now through 2017. Score - 90. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Oct. 15, 2012)

LIONEL OSMIN MON ADOUR MADIRAN 2009   $17.95
VINTAGES 246850 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Southwest, France

Tasting Note
The wine's name comes from the Adour River that flows through the Madiran region. This is dark colored, powerful and spicy, with weight and richness that should allow this to age for at least four years. Score - 91. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2012)

MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI TENUTA DI CASTIGLIONI 2010  $21.95
VINTAGES 145920 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Tuscany, Italy

Tasting Note
Very fruity with plum and spice and hints of cream. Full and juicy, with light tannins and a delicious finish. Vibrant wine. Always good value. Drink now. Score - 90. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Nov. 26, 2012)

MOCALI MORELLINO DI SCANSANO 2010
VINTAGES 317115 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Tuscany, Italy
Description
'What is currently the most 'wine-tastic' corner of Tuscany? ... the coastal zone of the Maremma ... [and] Morellino di Scansano, the quintessential wine of the Maremma, is now the Tuscan wine of choice in the chicest enoteche (wine bars) of Rome.' (Harry Eyres, The Telegraph, July 14, 2011)

Tasting Note
A wine with dried fruits, chocolate and light coffee character follow through to a full body, with integrated tannins and a fruity finish. Delicious all around. Excellent Morellino. Drink now. Score - 91. (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Sept. 7, 2012)

LANGA TRADICION CENTENARIA GARNACHA 2008  $14.95
VINTAGES 194795 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Calatayud, Spain

Tasting Note
Opaque ruby. Exotic spices and potpourri accent blackberry, cherry and cassis on the heady nose. Lush and creamy, with ripe dark berry flavors and a suggestion of candied flowers. Finishes on a juicy black raspberry note, with gentle tannic grip and impressive length. Score - 91. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sept. 2012)

­-The OttawaWineJournal Team

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