Friday, 28 March 2014

Vintages Release March 29, 2014 - Our Picks

Here are our picks for tomorrow's release!

WHITE:

COYOTE'S RUN RED PAW VINEYARD CHARDONNAY 2012  $21.95
VINTAGES 336115 | 750 mL bottle 

Made in: Ontario

Tasting Note
100% Hungarian oak for 6-and-a-half months, with no more than 25% new. The nose is peach pit, spice and with a lovely whiff of butterscotch and vanilla ... sounds sweet? Ah, but no. Toasted apple and vanilla-spice take charge in the mouth with a toasty-burnt-butter note near the finish. This wine has elements of California fatness but with that signature cool climate Ontario acidity. Score - 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Michael Pinkus, ontariowinereview.com, July 2013)

BAYTON CHARDONNAY 2012 $17.95
VINTAGES 269084 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Constantia, South Africa

Tasting Note
Features a plump core of pear, green fig and yellow apple fruit. Racy along the edges, offering hints of lime zest and melon rind, with good cut and drive through the finish. Should stretch out with modest cellaring. Drink now through 2015. Score - 91. (James Molesworth, winespectator.com, Oct. 15, 2013)


RED:


DOMAINE LA GUINTRANDY VIEILLES VIGNES CAIRANNE 2009  $19.95
VINTAGES 362624 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rhône, France

Tasting Note
[translated from the French] Maceration in entire bunches (Grenache 75% and Syrah) and a long barrel aging of eighteen months are at the origin of this intense and deep wine, distilling the nose of ripe cassis and spices. The palate, round and fine, is supported by well-integrated tannins and enriched by subtle vanilla oak that does not overpower the fruit. A harmonious ensemble best enjoyed in two or three months, and beyond. Score - 2 Stars (out of 3 (Remarkable Wine)). (Guide Hachette, 2012)


DOMAINE MONTIRIUS TERRE DES AÎNÉS GIGONDAS 2007  $24.95
VINTAGES 116079 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Rhône, France

Tasting Note
Vivid ruby. Exotic, expressive aromas of black raspberry, kirsch, baking spice and herbs, with a touch of dried rose. Showing considerable complexity already, with sweet red and dark fruit flavors and a lashing of zesty spices. Finishes with excellent clarity and sweet, penetrating persistence. As much as this offers today, I'd hold off on opening mine for another few years. Score - 93. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jan./Feb. 2010)


THE BLACK CHOOK SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER 2012  $17.95
VINTAGES 66738 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia



Tasting Note
Saturated ruby. Floral, fragrant and fresh on the nose, displaying dark berry and oak spice aromas. Zesty blackberry and bitter cherry flavors show good clarity and lift thanks to juicy acidity. Deepens on the persistent finish, featuring peppery spice, vanilla and violet pastille notes. Score - 90. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, July/Aug. 2013) 



WAKEFIELD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012  $17.95
VINTAGES 744235 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia

Description
Winner of Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under and Best Value Australian Cabernet Sauvignon honours at the 2013 World Value Wine Challenge.

Tasting Note
Opaque with a ruby rim. Aromas of blackberry, black plum, dark earth, coffee, red bell pepper, cherry skin, dark chocolate, cloves and vanilla. Big, rich and robust flavors of chewy black cherries, cocoa vanilla and dark earth. Has a hint of vegetal sweet peppers, menthol, and tomato leaf. A touch boozy, but savory, well-balanced, and delicious. Best Buy. Score - 92. (tastings.com, Sept. 16, 2013)


FEATHERSTONE RED TAIL MERLOT 2011 $19.95
VINTAGES 131540 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Ontario, Canada

Tasting Note
A juicy, luscious, full-bodied red with generous aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and field blackberries. Balanced and supple and smooth. This wine has legs: it goes on and on. Try it with pork tenderloin. Drink: 2013-2016. Score - 91. (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, Aug. 29, 2013)


CAROL SHELTON MONGA ZIN OLD VINE ZINFANDEL 2010  $25.95
VINTAGES 282525 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: California, USA

Description
Carol Shelton is a Zinfandel master. She sources the grapes for this wine from Lopez Vineyard, with its vines planted in 1918, and which was saved from urban sprawl by passionate Zin fans.

Tasting Note
Dense and burly, but loaded with flavor. The briary underbrush and blackberry aromas lead to well-structured cherry, tomato leaf and spice flavors. Best from 2015 through 2021. Special designation: Smart Buys. Score - 92. (Tim Fish, winespectator.com, Dec. 15, 2013)

RÍOS DE CHILE GRAN RESERVA SYRAH 2009 $21.95
VINTAGES 365239 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Cachapoal Valley, Chile

Tasting Note
Opens with sensational aromas that span plum, berry and chocolate. Feels compact yet juicy, with a lot of depth and purity. Wild berry, mint and bacon-like flavors work the palate, while the finish is defined by tannins, woody spice and natural body. A smooth bruiser to enjoy with venison or steak. Score - 91. (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 2012)


YANGARRA SHIRAZ 2010   $29.95
VINTAGES 911974 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: South Australia, Australia

Tasting Note
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Shiraz offers quite a floral nose with a core of dark fruits, blueberries and dark chocolate. Big, rich and voluptuous yet wonderfully balanced in the mouth, it has medium to firm finely grained tannins and a fresh acid line, finishing with good length. Approachable now, it should drink best 2014 to 2022+. Score - 93. (Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW, erobertparker.com, March 2013)



GEMMA GIBLIN RISERVA BAROLO 2006  $40.95
VINTAGES 185025 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Piedmont, Italy

Description
This wine won a Best in Show Trophy at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards.

Tasting Note
Russian spices, leather and dried plums on a powerful, fragrant nose of roses, damsons and chocolate. Excellent flavours of sweet cherry, toffee and cinnamon with nice chewy tannins. Long and mouth-wateringly delicious. Score - 5 Stars (out of 5). (Decanter World Wine Awards, 2013)


SOLAR DE SAEL CRIANZA MENCÍA 2007  $16.95
VINTAGES 311902 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Bierzo, Spain

Description
Spain's native Mencía variety thrives in Bierzo, which is home to some impressively mature vines.

Tasting Note
Vinedos y Bodega Arturo Garcia's 2007 Solar de Sael is 100% Mencia sourced from 80+ year old estate vineyards farmed with biodynamic principles. Opaque purple-colored, it displays an exotic perfume of menthol, balsamic, Asian spices, mineral, and black raspberry. Medium-bodied, rich, and full-flavored, it has a bit of underlying structure that should permit another 1-2 years of evolution. This impressive effort is also an outstanding value. Score - 90+. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, June 2010)


ALJIBES RED 2007   $20.95
VINTAGES 359976 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: La Mancha, Spain

Tasting Note
... made up of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 25% Cabernet Franc with the same elevage as the 2005. It exhibits a similar aromatic and flavor profile to its older sibling [cinnamon, clove, vanilla, tobacco, violets, black currant, and blackberry] but appears to be a bit fresher due to its relative youth. It is also an outstanding value for drinking from 2012 to 2022. Score - 92. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, June 2011)



BARAHONDA SIN MADERA MONASTRELL 2011  $15.95
VINTAGES 366823 | 750 mL bottle

Made in: Yecla, Spain

Tasting Note
The 2011 Barahonda Sin-Madera (100% Monastrell aged in stainless steel) offers abundant blueberry, black raspberry and cherry fruit notes intermixed with hints of crushed rocks, tobacco leaf, pepper and meat. This intense, medium to full-bodied, amazing wine is bursting with fruit. It, too, should drink well for 2-3 years, perhaps longer given Monastrell's oxidative, resistant personality. Score - 91. (Robert Parker Jr., erobertparker.com, Aug. 2012) 


Cheers, 


-Andy and Rach

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