Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Wine Reviews - April 2013


HERE'S WHAT WE'VE TASTED RECENTLY:




AYALA MAJEUR BRUT CHAMPAGNE
VINTAGES 4143  $48.95  
Champagne, France

Citrus, bread dough, green apple on the nose. The palate has caramel, chalky minerals, and a touch of orange zest. Clean finish. I'm 91 on this.  -Andy                   
   


CAVE DE HOEN HEIMBERGER BRUT ROSÉ CRÉMANT D'ALSACE   VINTAGES 168948  $16.95
Alsace, France

Beautiful primary red fruit character. Strawberries and red cherries, rhubarb, and candied nuts. Clean finish, and a medium bead. Great with scallops witha blood orange beurre blanc. 88 points.  -Andy



APPLEBY LANE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2012
Nelson, New Zeland

Aromas of citrus, crushed pablano, grass and green fruit persist on the palate with a touch of starfruit and stony minerals on the finish.  I'm 92 on this wine.  -Andy


OYSTER BAY MERLOT 2011
VINTAGES 692343 $18.95
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand                                                                A generous cool climate wine, with currants, cherries, linzer torte, and a tight, mineral-tinged core. Could easily age a few years. Decant 30 min-1 hour before serving. 89 Points.  -Andy


QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA DOURO 2007 VINTAGES 218750
Douro, Portugal
You could easily mistake this for a Paso Robles Rhône blend. Definitely made in the modern style. This wine has high toned red fruit - raspberries, currants, with hung meat, cassia, warm spice, fruit tobacco, and some sweet earth. Unfiltered. Pretty incredible for the price ($34.95). I'm 93+ on this wine. -Andy


MEANDRO DO VALE MEÃO 2008
VINTAGES 244731  $22.95  Douro, Portugal
Stewed black cherries, briars, black plum skin, grilled meat, warm spice, and milk chocolate. 2008 was a stellar year for red table wines in the Douro. 92+ Points. -Andy


FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LA SOURCE SAINT-JOSEPH 2009  VINTAGES 137026  $26.95  Rhone, France
Blackberries, black olive, cherry pit, black currants, graphite, garrigue, and scorched earth. 93 points. -Andy



PAUL JABOULET AINE CROZES HERMITAGE LES JALETS  $22.45  SAQ: 383588  Rhone, France
Black cherry, currants, wood, hung meat, spice and a hint of herb.  Generous from a hot year, but not roasted like '05 and '03.  90 points. -Andy


Cérvoles Celler Cérvoles 2005 DO Costers del Segre  $29.00
VINTAGES 0121871
Plums, dark cherries, iron, licorice. fresh tobacco, violet, lightly grilled herbs.  Super refined an elegant from a powerful year.
92 points.  -Andy


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