Thursday, 6 June 2013

Vintages Release - June 8, 2013 - Our Picks

Here are our picks for the June 8th release:


WHITE

OCONE FLORA FALANGHINA 2010  $16.95
VINTAGES 326694 | 750 mL bottle

Campania, Italy

Tasting Note
The 2010 Falanghina Flora shows even greater aromatic depth and richness than the Coda di Volpe. The Flora seems to float across the palate with layers of white stone fruits, mint, sage and flowers. It is a textured, compelling Falanghina, and I don't use those words lightly. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. Score - 89. (Antonio Galloni, erobertparker.com, June 2011)


JEAN-MAX ROGER CUVÉE G.C. SANCERRE 2011 $24.95
VINTAGES 189126 | 750 mL bottle 
Loire, France

Tasting Note
Lemon brilliant sunshine in a glass. Cool and refreshing with a crisp herbal snap on the finish. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. Terrific aperitif or companion to seafood and salads! Highly recommended. Food matches: grilled tilapia with mango, lemon chicken, goat cheese, Greek salad, grilled salmon. Drink: 2012-2015. Score - 91. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, June 8, 2012)


GIUSEPPE CAMPAGNOLA LE BINE MONTE FOSCARINO SOAVE CLASSICO 2011 $13.95
VINTAGES 134551 | 750 mL bottle

Veneto, Italy
This wine was awarded 2 Glasses (out of 3) in the 2013 Gambero Rosso Italian Wines.

Tasting Note
Attractive floral notes make your acquaintance before introducing you to a host of aromas that include, gooseberry, apples, lime, and pear. The palate is equally gracious offering considerable depth and concentration of flavours and an excellent finish. Serve this alongside your favourite seafood dishes. (VINTAGES panel, Oct. 2012)


RED

CHAKANA ESTATE SELECTION MALBEC 2011 $19.95
VINTAGES 219261 | 750 mL bottle

Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note
The 2011 Chakana Estate Selection Malbec comes from Uco and Lujan de Cuyo and is aged for 12 months in French oak (30% new). Tasted twice, it has a delightful bouquet with crisp red cherry, strawberry and vanilla scents that are beautifully defined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, supple tannins and crisp acidity. It is harmonious and focused, with caressing vibrant red berry fruit on the bright, classy finish. This is a sophisticated Malbec: feminine and seductive. Drink now-2018. Score - 92. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2012)


ALAMOS SELECCIÓN MALBEC 2010  $16.95
VINTAGES 322800 | 750 mL bottle

Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note
The 2010 Alamos Seleccion Malbec is from the San Carlos region in the Uco Valley, undergoing malolactic fermentation in oak barrels and raised for 12 months in French and American oak. It has a very elegant bouquet with maraschino cherries, blueberry, cassis and violets akin to a fragrant Syrah. The palate is full-bodied with grippy tannins, layers of mineral-rich dark berry fruit and a very poised, composed finish that delivers waves of blackberry and balsamic-tinged cherries. This is a very impressive Malbec with 'chutzpah.' Drink 2014-2020. Score - 91. (Neal Martin, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2012)


FAMILIA MAYOL CUATRO PRIMOS 2008  $22.95
VINTAGES 55434 | 750 mL bottle

Mendoza, Argentina

Tasting Note
The 2008 Cuatro Primos Mendoza is composed of 55% Malbec, 35% Syrah, with the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. It surrenders a brooding bouquet exhibiting notes of wood smoke, mineral, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits. In the glass it has a racy personality, some complexity, and good volume and length. This savory effort will benefit from 2-3 years of additional cellaring and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2020. Score - 92. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)


GALLO FAMILY FREI RANCH VINEYARD ZINFANDEL 2010  $19.95
VINTAGES 555599 | 750 mL bottle

California, USA

Tasting Note
Very juicy with generous aromas and flavours of mouth-watering fleshy black plums and succulently rich blueberries. Full-bodied with a smooth roundness. Perfect for hamburgers and BBQ. Pure Californian fruit and sunshine. Yum! Food matches: hamburgers, chicken, lamb kabobs, pork chops, venison stew. Drink: 2012-2016. Score - 93. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, June 8, 2012)


LAURENT MIQUEL BARDOU SAINT CHINIAN 2007 $24.95
VINTAGES 328583 | 750 mL bottle

Midi, France

Tasting Note
A rich, well-spiced and maturing red, with floral overtones to the crushed red plum and berry flavors. The long finish features plenty of dried mint and chocolate accents, which linger with some creamy notes. Complex. Syrah. Drink now through 2015. Score - 90. (Kim Marcus, winespectator.com, Aug. 31, 2012)


DOMAINE DE LA NOBLAIE LES CHIENS-CHIENS CHINON 2009  $17.95
VINTAGES 76646 | 750 mL bottle

Loire, France

Tasting Note
Very solid, with a ripe, mouthfilling core of raspberry, red currant and Campari notes offset by floral and iron hints. Long and racy through the finish, with a briary hint hanging in the background. Drink now through 2017. Score - 91. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, April 30, 2012)



FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LA MATINIÈRE CROZES-HERMITAGE 2010  $21.95
VINTAGES 127712 | 750 mL bottle

Rhône, France

Tasting Note
A tight, minerally style, with a tangy iron note holding sway over the core of cherry, plum and blackberry fruit. A twinge of white pepper peeks in on the finish. Drink now through 2017. Score - 91. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, July 31, 2012)


LES HALOS DE JUPITER CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2010  $17.95
VINTAGES 276956 | 750 mL bottle

Rhône, France

Tasting Note
Made with fruit from both Cairanne and Domazon, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2010 Cotes du Rhone (85% Grenache and 15% Syrah) is a sleeper of the vintage. With excellent texture as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, this sensational Cotes du Rhone exhibits lusty black cherry, raspberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of lavender, subtle smoke and earth. Full-bodied and opulent, it will provide gorgeous drinking over the next 2-3 years. Buy this one by the case. Drink: 2011-2014. Score - 90-92. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, Oct. 2011)


PAITIN SORI' PAITIN BARBARESCO 2008  $32.95
VINTAGES 106591 | 750 mL bottle

Piedmont, Italy

Tasting Note
The 2008 Barbaresco Sori Paitin is graced with exceptional elegance and class. An exciting fabric of sweet dark cherries, flowers and spices emerges from this fragrant, polished Barbaresco. This mid-weight, feminine Barbaresco is terrific. It is another strong effort for the year. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. Score - 93+. (Antonio Galloni, erobertparker.com, Oct. 2011)


LEONE DE CASTRIS RISERVA SALICE SALENTINO 2009  $18.95
VINTAGES 597534 | 750 mL bottle

Puglia, Italy

This wine received a rating of 3 Glasses (out of 3) in Gambero Rosso 2013.

Tasting Note
The 2009 marks the 50th vintage of this wine. The nose is generous, complex and quite pretty with layered suggestions of bumbleberry pie, fig, hickory and sweet spices. The palate is sunny and mouthfilling and simply bursting with berry fruits and sweet spice notes. Good structure and balance throughout. Ideal for barbecued meats and mushrooms, or hard cheeses. (VINTAGES panel, April 2013)



LENA DI MEZZO RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2009  $17.95
VINTAGES 165662 | 750 mL bottle
Veneto, Italy

Tasting Note
An elegant red, showing hints of black raspberry, plum and strawberry fruit bolstered by a spicy undertow of ground pepper, dried mint and thyme, anise and vanilla bean, with a mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. Score - 90. (Alison Napjus, winespectator.com, July 31, 2012)


HERENCIA ALTÉS GARNATXA NEGRA 2011 $15.95
VINTAGES 332353 | 750 mL bottle

Terra Alta, Spain

Tasting Note
Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache, Herencia Altes's vineyards are situated high on the hillside above the village of Batea, where grapes have been grown since the 15th century. This offering, from very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. As I told Eric Solomon, at these ridiculously low prices, consumers will never suspect the wines are at this level of quality. This outstanding 2011 offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, garrigue and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years. A killer value, it is a custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon by proprietor Nuria Altes. Score - 91. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, June 2012)


-The OttawaWineJournal Team




























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