Monday, December 8, 2008

Proof that the economy is worse than we thought! Two Big Sales - Pre Christmas, no less!

Wow, check out Vintages website or your local store for 2 big sales beginning today! One is instore and there are some BP past picks that have been substantially reduced. The second is 'order from the warehouse' for delivery to and pick up at your local store!

Happy bargain hunting!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Dec.06, aka the last of the "Suck up to the boss gifts" release

DECEMBER 6 , some really big dollar options, also lots of Champagnes for New Year's Eve Celebrations, both of which I largely ignored.
Of the Big $$ items, these caught my eye.
CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES EQUULEUS 2005 – A Niagara Delight from a great year. Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard -Excellent fruit from an excellent producer. Decant big time, but have a little sip on the hour to taste it as it evolves. $40.00
FIELDING ESTATE MERITAGE 2005 - A Gold Medal winner at the 2008 Ontario Wine Awards. – super wine from a nice Niagara family vineyard. $35.20
The rest of the World
CONCHA Y TORO DON MELCHOR CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 – Probably the best cab in the release if price were no object, but let’s face it , it is an object! $61.95 -
D'ARENBERG THE DEAD ARM SHIRAZ 2006 McLaren Vale, South Australia – A perennial fave of mine, this is now officially overpriced. $55.95
A terrific cab, but not a great buy! $49.95
TORBRECK RUN RIG 2004 Barossa Valley. When I’m lying on my death bed I’ll probably wish I had bought one of these to try but $275 bucks! 99+points.
ORNELLAIA 2005 DOC Bolgheri Superiore 2005 marks the 20th vintage of Ornellaia.
Spectacular Score - 95, $158.95 - Collectors will be lining up!


FESS PARKER THE BIG EASY SYRAH 2004 $40.95 – That Daniel Boone makes some amazing Syrahs – my Pick from California – Should be Huuuuuuge!
RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 $33.95 – Good price for the wine.

3 nice Malbecs, very well priced – go for the Kaiken for a buck or two more! But remember, serve with red, red meat!


Looks like a tribute to Torres Mas La Plana – Black and gold label, Pinot style bottle – big Cab – less than half the price of Mas la Plana though for a terrific wine - $19.95

WALLACE BY BEN GLAETZER SHIRAZ/GRENACHE 2006 – higher priced than most LCBO Wines of the Month, but worth it! $26.95
KILIKANOON - KILLERMAN'S RUN – anything - is always topnotch – $20.95 for each of the two .
GIGONDAS LA CAVE LA RÉFÉRENCE GIGONDAS 2006 - $21.95 – If you want to try to understand terroir, try this and a Vacqueyras from a recent release. They’re neighbours in the Rhone Valley but are really different!
ORTAS RASTEAU TRADITION 2007 – 16.95 – Tremendous buy for a ready to drink, not too tannic, fruity wine.
2004 To Quote Gambero Rosso “a hymn to the sangiovese grape, has subtle red berries, dried flowers and aromatic herbs on the nose and a taut, succulent palate”. Any wine that is a hymn to a grape is good enough for me! $33.95

So what am I buying? This list pretty much describes me to a T – all over the map winewise! The Chianti, as long as it’s a hymn sung by Bocelli, The Fess Parker – Daniel Boone in a coonskin cap, and probably the Chilean Cab travelling incognito in the Pinot bottle!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

November 22nd Pre Christmas release

This is the Christmas gift release – lots of high end options to suck up to the boss with.
My first reaction was ho hum, but upon further review, there are some beauts in the regular part of the release too.

The big big buck gift suggestions from the LCBO


ALION 2004 96. $80.95
Corbec – Think Amarone from Argentina…very interesting and $29.95
DESCENDIENTES DE J. PALACIOS PÉTALOS 2006 Probably the only high ender that I’ll buy! Should be very ‘different’. It also has a great label for the season.$25.95

The best of the rest and in some cases the best of the best!

MONTES ALPHA SYRAH 2006 – Always excellent, last years was a WS Top 100. Can’t go wrong! - 90. (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, $22.95
SANTA CAROLINA VSC 2006 VSC is Viña Santa Carolina's flagship red. Should be good but maybe not up to the price tag $29.95
D'ARENBERG THE GALVO GARAGE 2006 – I think I’d take this over the VSC.This blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 18% Petit Verdot and 6% Cabernet Franc won a Gold Medal at the Korea Wine Challenge 2008.TASTING NOTE: Nice wine. Lots of flavour. Full of dusty, cedary, tarry flavour. Sweet, soft heart. Firm dry tannins. $27.95

KILIKANOON THE MEDLEY 2006 Barossa Valley/Clare Valley, South Australia
The 2006 Medley is a GSM blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Shiraz and 10% Mourvèdre.. Try this one against the Burge Holy Trinity and you’ll say, Gee I’m glad I saved $11 bucks a bottle ( unless you drink them in 10 years, that is) $26.95

MAWSON'S HILL BLOCK 3 CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Wrattonbully, South Australia (Yalumba Wine Company) I’m recommending this just cuz I like to say Wrattonbully. Wrattonbully. Wrattonbully. Wrattonbully. There, now I don’t need to buy any.Good price tho and a good wine for it. $19.95

VIRGARA WINES SHIRAZ 2004 $29.95 – No that’s not Viagra wines….hmmm interesting concept tho…ahhh back to the wine…not a bad choice.

MULDERBOSCH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 Always great, Score - 90. $18.95

VIGNERONS D'ESTÉZARGUES LA GRANACHA SIGNARGUES 2006 Expensive for a Cotes du Rhone but what the heck, I have this vision of a bunch of farmers standing around the grape press smoking Gaulloises discussing soccer and politics… Small is beautiful! $21.95
DOMAINE DE LA COLLINE SAINT-JEAN VACQUEYRAS 2004 - blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. You know me and my Vacqueyras….gotta have some and while ’04 wasn’t quite ‘05 it should be in it’s prime. $25.95

Château Larroque ‘Winter Label’ 2005 AOC Bordeaux $16.95 – labelled for the season…and not a bad QPR.

Terra D’Aligi Tolos
Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2004 DOC Montepulciano D’Abruzzo $29.95 – should be excellent.

Lots of Chianti Classico reservas – I’d pick the Antinori or the Ruffino – but they’re not cheap!
And last but not least, two cheap Spaniards for under 20:

Monday, November 10, 2008

November 8th Release

Bordeaux Special – most of these will need time but there could be some good ones in the lot. I’m not a huge bordeaux fan. I find them too Tobacco-y on my palate and won’t be buying any. Of the rest of the release, some good QPR malbecs, some good syrahs, a couple of cabs and some Brunellos for the big ticket fans. But, I think my two faves of the release are ISD’s. Columbia Crest Walter Clore Vineyard and the Leasingham Classic Clare Cabernet. Big Bucks for both but ….mmmmm.

CHÂTEAU LA COURONNE 2005 AC St-Émilion(Mähler-Besse). Best after 2012. Score - 90. (James Suckling,, Web Only, 2008) $29.95
CHÂTEAU LE CARILLON 2005 AC Pomerol Best 2008 to 2013. Score - 92. (David Lawrason, Toronto Life Wineblog, Nov. 13, 2007) $39.95
CHÂTEAU LILIAN LADOUYS 2003AC Saint-Estèphe . Best after 2010. Score - 90. (James Suckling,, March 31, 2006) $35.95
Best of the Rest
LA POSTA ANGEL PAULUCCI VINEYARD MALBEC 2006 Mendoza TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Malbec "Paulucci Vineyard" was aged for 10 months in 100% French oak, 20% new. Purple-colored, it offers a lovely bouquet of violets, smoke, black cherry, and blackberry. Score - 90. (Jay Miller,, Dec. 2007) $15.95
DOÑA PAULA ESTATE MALBEC 2006 Mendoza TASTING NOTE: Solid, with a juicy core of red plum, raspberry and red licorice flavors backed by alluring spice and floral notes on the finish. Drink now through 2008. Score 89. (James Molesworth,, Oct. 31, 2007) $16.95
RUSTENBERG JOHN X MERRIMAN 2005 WO Simonsberg-Stellenbosch Haven’t tried this one, I’m thinking it could be one of the sleepers this week.'Modern classic' Bordeaux-style blend ... A real charmer. Entices with fresh, ripe fruit perfume, silky sleekness, restraining ripe tannins. Merlot-led (54%), with Cabernet Sauvignon (33%) Cabernet Franc (4%), Petit Verdot (6%), and Malbec (3%). French oaked [aged], 50% new, [for] 20 mths. $27.95
5 nice Syrahs
GRANT BURGE MIAMBA SHIRAZ 2006Barossa, supple, medium-bodied wine, with appealing spicy fruit nuances, fine tannins and subtle oak; bears testament to the vintage; long finish. Score - 93. (James Halliday,, March 2008) $23.95
JACKSON-TRIGGS DELAINE VINEYARD SYRAH 2005 – Compare this one to the CAlifornia following or the Crozes Hermitage from Caves de Tain VQA Niagara Peninsula This single-vineyard Syrah exhibits real, Rhône-like complexity, with smoked meat and white peppery notes adding interest on the nose and palate. Score - (out of 5). $29.95
TORBRECK WOODCUTTER'S SHIRAZ 2006 always tasty and very well priced. This one can be unfined and unfiltered so the last glass should be poured with has an attractive array of pepper, spicy blackberry, black cherry, and blueberry muffin aromas. Full-bodied and opulent on the palate, delivers gobs of meaty, full-flavored blue and black fruits to accompany its forward, easy-going personality. Drink this incredible value over the next 4-6 years. Score - 92. (Jay Miller, Oct. 2007) $26.95
ARROWOOD LE BEAU MÉLANGE SYRAH 2002 Sonoma Valley, Unfined and Unfiltereda chocolaty, earthy effort revealing a hint of new saddle leather, full-bodied flavors, and an exuberant, typically California personality with its up-front fruit and precocious personality. Score - (90-93). (Robert Parker Jr.,, Dec. 2003) $29.95
CAVE DE TAIN CROZES HERMITAGE FINE FLEUR DE CROZES 2005 classic northern Rhône Syrah is designed for early enjoyment. Barrel aged and fermented, it's deep ruby in colour with aromas of blackcurrant, spice, mineral and toasty oak notes. It's rich and silky with fresh black fruit flavours mingling with mineral notes, decent acidity and smooth medium tannins. Enjoy with roasted lamb sprinkled with rosemary or a spicy beef stew. $22.95
Couple of Cabs
KENDALL-JACKSON VINTNER'S RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 may underwhelm in its tenderness, but has very good focus and length. Ripe cherry-berry, tobacco, earth and spice, all well combined. The wine is mid-weight, supple but not sweet, with fine acidity and tannin. Excellent length. Enjoy now to 2011. Score - 90. (David Lawrason, 2008) $22.95
RODNEY STRONG CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Highly Score - 88. $22.95

PIRRAMIMMA PETIT VERDOT A quality producer - This rare single-varietal offering of the lesser-known Bordeaux grape is considered among the world's best.Lots and Lots of Licorice as I recall.$23.95
PRIMA 2006 (Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos) (90% tempranillo and 10% garnacha) Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and blackberry aromas. Fresh and racy, with pure red and dark fruit flavors, fine-grained tannins and good tangy lift. Score - 90. (Josh Raynolds, Int’l Wine Cellar, 2008) $24.95

Christmas is coming and so are The BIG, BIG Buck Ones

COTO REAL RESERVA 2001- DOC Rioja Complex and expressive, this elegant red is rich with black plum, licorice, mineral, smoke and floral notes, all beautifully balanced, fresh and long on the palate. Still young and lively. Drink now through 2015.Score - 93. (, Nov. 15, 2007) $39.95
LEASINGHAM CLASSIC CLARE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2003 Clare Valley, South Australia "Uncompromising full-bodied wine; masses of black fruits, but even more tannins; needs a minimum of 10 years before approaching ... Score - 94. (If you just can't wait, decant and try it with a rare steak. $51.95
COLUMBIA CREST WALTER CLORE PRIVATE RESERVE RED 2003 – Oh boy, this one should be amazing! But an ISD, so few bottles in few stores….Columbia Valley "A classy nose of smoky oak, vanilla, lead pencil, plum, black currant, and blackberry leads to a rich, still youthful wine with loads of extract, thick fruit, superb integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a very long finish." Score - 93. (Jay Miller,, August 2007) $49.95
MASSOLINO BAROLO 2004TASTING NOTE: Raspberry, truffle, tobacco and cedar on the nose. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and ultrafine tannins. This is refined, yet structured and muscular. Best after 2011. Score - 91. (James Suckling,) $58.95
TERRE DA VINO BAROLO ESSENZE 2003 Premier Vineyards TASTING NOTE: Shows a wonderful richness of fruit, with a spicy, decadent undertone. Full-bodied, with soft tannins and a long, caressing finish. Needs bottle age to mellow. Best after 2009. Score - 90. (James Suckling, $44.95
MARCHESI DE' FRESCOBALDI MORMORETO CASTELLO DI NIPOZZANO 2005 This always-impressive Tuscan-take on Bordeaux blends Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Regal in stature, this deep ruby/purple wine features dark berries, cinnamon, and leather characteristics. Full-bodied, classy, with firm tannins, this is a powerhouse red to pair with roast beef or lamb. $59.95
SILVIO NARDI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2003 DOCG TASTING NOTE: Nardi's 2003 Brunello di Montalcino is an elegant, finessed wine with remarkable clarity and precision in its ripe fruit. It offers notable persistence on the palate and a long, lingering finish. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018. Score - 91. (Antonio Galloni,, April 2008) $59.95
TENEMENTI ANGELINI VAL DI SUGA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2003 DOCG Offers pretty blackberry and raspberry aromas. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a fresh, floral, berry aftertaste. Best after 2009.Score - 91. (James Suckling,, May 15, 2008) $51.95

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vintages October 25th release

A few goodies, but look around for some leftovers from the 11th too. It was such a good release! This week’s highlight - big Amarones all around $50 bucks. I think the top two Valpolicellas will deliver more QPR pleasure, but if you must try an Amarone, I’d go with the Zenato.
My Picks ( including a white and a website):
HEDGES CELLARS CMS 2006 Columbia Valley, Wash. St. I like Hedges and I like Washington reds CabSauv, Merlot and Syrah should be soft and rich $17.95
DOG POINT VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 –Take two guys from a Cult Winery and a great vineyard location and you get as good a wine as Cloudy Bay at almost half the price! guava fruit, hints of basil and silky citrus mineral spine $21.95
ZONIN VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE RIPASSO 2006 – should be Really good $19.95
TEDESCHI CAPITEL DEI NICALO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2006 – Never met a Capitel dei Nicalo I didn’t like – going back 7 years! $18.95
Not often I pick a website but has just opened up and beginning soon will be a new channel for all wine fans to access more varied options from the world, I hope!

The Rest

Lurton Reserva MAlbec – not sure why it’s a reserva – good for the price tho.13.95
Two Chilean Cabs at 19.95 and 22.95 – neither one as good as last week’s Pick – find it, there’s more around still.
CATHEDRAL CELLAR CHARDONNAY 2005 TASTING NOTE: smoky, oaky chardonnay. A bargain if you like smoke a rerelease I think$14.95
CATHEDRAL CELLAR SHIRAZ 2004 ... savoury with brambly fruit, well-dusted with black pepper; Measured opulence? I have to remember that one! It’ll get me laughed out of the kitchen! Very well priced $16.95
TWO HANDS LUCKY COUNTRY SHIRAZ 2006 – Standard Barossa Big fruit, well priced $17.95
WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 – Sorry I cannot recommend this – the 2002 was in the regular list at $20 bucks. Reduced to clear at $15 – what a buy! Can’t bring myself to spend this much for it now! $24.95 Score - 95. (Jeremy Oliver) No way! – maybe 89-90.
WAKEFIELD SHIRAZ 2006 Good value. Score - 90. $18.95
JACKSON-TRIGGS PROPRIETORS' GRAND RESERVE MERITAGE 2005 VQA Niagara – 2005 was a great year here. Intensely flavoured, medium full-bodied red , let it breath a bit. $24.95
ELDERTON SHIRAZ 2005. Single vineyard, nose of smoke, tar, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and voluptuous,( sounds like Pam Anderson in a glass!) it is dense ( even more like Pam Anderson!) and concentrated, with gobs of spicy black fruit flavors.. $32.95
SEGHESIO ZINFANDEL 2006 BBQ wines. Always good- Shows robust black cherry and spice aromas and blackberry jam and licorice flavors. The tannins firm up the finish. Drink now through 2012. Score - 91. ($24.95) and BEAULIEU VINEYARD ZINFANDEL 2005 Want to compare two good Zin’s? Now is your chance! 25.95
3 0f 3 from Gambero rosso – a rare thing! Think $34.95 for a great Barolo! But please be patient with it.
TRAVAGLINI GATTINARA 2003 - WS Top 100 Wine – It’s OK. dried flowers and very ripe fruits, with a Christmas pudding undertone. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins and a long, rich finish. A little Port-like, but rich and impressive. Best after 2010. Score - 91. $29.95

The Big Ticket Items of the week

Zenato Amarone – would be my pick among the Amarones
ANTINORI PIAN DELLE VIGNE BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2003 DOCG, Unfiltered – always a great wine! Drink while the Theme from the Godfather is playing! 91. $63.95
LE SERRE NUOVE DELL'ORNELLAIA 2006, a blend of Merlot, Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc and Petit Verdot, is a bright and fruity wine with red and black berries tinged by subtle oak flavours of chocolate and clove. Previous vintages have consistently been rated in the 90s by top wine critics. $59.95
LUCE DELLA VITE LUCE 2005 TASTING NOTE: Shows blackberry, dark chocolate and roasted coffee on the nose. Full-bodied, with velvety, almost chewy tannins and lots of rich fruit that finishes with a vanilla bean and coffee aftertaste. Rich and delicious, but will be better with a few years of bottle age. Sangiovese and Merlot. Best after 2011. Score - 93. (James Suckling,, Web Only, 2008) $99.95
Instore Discoveries
Christmas is coming so out come the big bottles including lots of high priced stuff for collectors including
JOSEPH PHELPS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 1500 mL A Big Bottle $151.95

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vintages October 11th Release - Super!!!!

A spectacular release if you’re a fan of fruit driven, big wines. Almost too many to mention at prices from $15 thru ‘the sky’s the limit’. There are so many good ones to choose (or to choose from) that I’m going to shorten my notes. This big red bigot has a cornucopia of cabernets, a sheaf of shiraz, a sack full of sangiovese, a big batch of blends, indeed a plethora of pleasant picks this week. Almost any cork you pull will make you happy, and lord knows we need that!
Top Picks: too many to choose! Pirramimma Shiraz, Ripa Delle More, Santa Rita Reserva Cab or the Vacqueyras or the the Thorn Clarke or Briccotondo or the Gamekeeper Reserve or the Peppoli or the Langmeil 3 Gardens GSM or the …(Oh, I could go on and on).
Under $20
. A terrific value. Drink now through 2014. Score - 91. $19.95
Thorn Clarke Terra Barossa Great producer, great price! Drink now through 2013. Smart Buy. Score - 90. $15.95
FONTANAFREDDA BARBERA BRICCOTONDO 2007 DOC – Last year’s was a WS Top 100 and was terrific. According to the LCBO, this could be better, and a great price too. This’ll be lighter than any cabs or shiraz, it’ll be a good red for turkey and the price is right! $15.95
GRAHAM BECK GAMESKEEPER RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006 Last year’s was a terrific bargain and a very, very nice wine – fruit and tannins in fine balance – 88-90 from BP. $19.95
THE BLACK CHOOK SHIRAZ/VIOGNIER 2007 – a 90 point wine, under $20 – very good. $17.95
Clos la Chance Ruby Throated Cabernet - a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. A California cab, well priced at $17.95
RUST EN VREDE ESTATE MERLOT 2005 - WO Stellenbosch – great producer in a great area at a great price. $18.95
QUINTA DE VENTOZELO TOURIGA NACIONAL TINTO 2004 - A dark, brooding wine, the acidity and fruit are impressive. An Editor's Choice. Score - 90. $18.95
PASO A PASO TEMPRANILLO 2006: you’ll pucker, methinks. If you’re a Tempranillo fan, give it a shot…I’m not.$14.95
RINGBOLT CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006 I think there are better wines this week for the same price, but it is always good. $19.95
NORTON RESERVA MALBEC 2005 – if you have to have a malbec and missed the Luigi Bosca a few weeks ago, this is not a bad choice. $17.95

Under $30
Pirramimma Shiraz 2005 – Perennially, this is my Favourite Shiraz. $24.95
Elderton Cabernet 2005– Doug’s favourite Cab, but give it at least 6 months to a year in a quiet dark place – it’s very young. - $29.95
Langmeil Three Gardens GSM 2006 Shiraz (44%) - Grenache (35%) - Mourvedre (21%) – nice to compare this one to the Torbreck special LCBO release of a few months ago, or the Cuvee Juveniles in this release $21.95
TORBRECK CUVÉE JUVENILES 2006 a blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Mataro, and 20% Shiraz. Drink this great value over the next 6 years. Score - 91. $29.95
CASTIGLIONI CABERNET SAUVIGNON/SANGIOVESE 2006 Used to be 19.95, but still a good value, just not quite as good.: 2008-2010. Score - 89. $23.95
ANTINORI PÈPPOLI CHIANTI CLASSICO 2005 Two sizes, always terrific - too bad it kind of gets lost in this release $21.95 and $12.95 for the little bottle.
Clos Montirius Vacqueyras Should be terrific but a wee bit expensive at $28.95
DOMAINE BELLE CROZES-HERMITAGE LES PIERELLES 2005 Northern Rhône red made with Syrah (a.k.a. Shiraz). $24.95

DOMAINE ROCHEVINE SAINT-JOSEPH 2005 - Another Syrah $27.95
$30 - $40
I’d match the following 3 against any 3 Brunellos and at 2/3rds the price!
CASTELLO VICCHIOMAGGIO RIPA DELLE MORE 2004 Super Tuscan, one of my favourite wines, have a sip or two, then let it breathe for two hours and come back to it. You’ll wonder who switched wines on you! Best after 2008. Score - 90. $38.95
AMPELEIA 2004 IGT Maremma Toscana - Should be another wine that’ll need time! Best after 2009.Score - 91. $37.95
TERRABIANCA PIANO DEL CIPRESSO 2004 IGT Toscana - the third of the 3 musketeers ( oh wait, the musketeers were French)...ah well,. $37.95
CCHIA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA 2005 - Great price for an Amarone. $39.95
ALVARO PALACIOS LES TERRASSES 2006 A former WS Top 100 Wine. Priorat - Les Terrasses is highly scored and highly sought-after year after year. $39.95

SEÑORÍO DE P. PECIÑA RESERVA 1999 yes 1999 –Should be in it’s prime. $34.95
TINTO PESQUERA CRIANZA 2005best from 2012 to 2025. Score - 92. $30.95
The Big Spender Zone – if there are big spenders left after the carnage in the markets. The rule for these is lay them down for years or if you must drink them now, do so after decanting for at least 2 hours.
E. GUIGAL CÔTE-RÔTIE BRUNE ET BLONDE 2004 a semi cult wine with notes of beef, dark olive and tobacco holding sway over the dark cherry and currant core. The smoky finish shows lots of tobacco and olive notes. Drink now through 2020. Score - 91. $69.95
PODERI COLLA BAROLO DARDI LE ROSE BUSSIA 2004. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2026. Score - 93. $59.95
TINTO PESQUERA RESERVA 2004, a thick, plush palate feel, gobs of fruit, and superb balance. it will be at its best in another 4-6 years and provide pleasure through 2030. Score - 94. $47.95
PENFOLDS RWT SHIRAZ 2005 – A massive Wine- but a massive price too! from 2010 through 2020. Score - 93. $133.95

Friday, September 26, 2008

Vintages September 27th Release

This is a nice release but I made the mistake of looking forward to the October 11th release. The Market has crashed, and the next release has some beauts, so I’m on the horns of a dilemma!

Anyhow here are the Top 3: Shotfire Quartage, Vina Carmen Cabernet, and to lay down in your cellar, the Spanish Condado de Haza.

RIDGEPOINT MERITAGE 2005- Should be very good. Almost top 3! VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula Ridgepoint Meritage (a blend of their best barrels of the two Cabs) was a Gold Medal winner at the All Canadian Wine Championships in 2008. Pretty medium deep ruby colour. The aromas suggest cassis, cocoa and black cherry. The dry, fruity and round palate is nicely balanced by silky tannins. $22.95
BEAULIEU VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005Napa Valley Here's a value from one of the oldest producers in the Napa Valley. Aged for 18 months in American and European oak, this wine is simply loaded with aromas and flavours of blackberry, plum and smoky cedar. Dry, medium-bodied and very well-balanced, this food-friendly red will pair beautifully with grilled meats. $25.95
IRONY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2004 Napa Valley TASTING NOTE: A Napa cab this good for $22? It’s actually 2 bucks less… Loads of blackberry fruit with a nice eucalyptus note on the nose to go with a touch of raspberry. nicely balanced fruit and spice. $19.95 or to compare Napa and Paso Robles, you might want to try the New Vintages Essential – J.Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon $19.80 - one of Don’s Faves. Should be very good with a toasty nose and berry flavours. Pretty full bodied, with a good, tarry, cassis finish. This is another very good cab in the essentials portfolio.
MCMANIS FAMILY VINEYARDS SYRAH 2006…should be a monster
- a blend of Syrah (75%) and Petite Sirah (25%). Always a Parker favourite for their Cab you can bet the flavor profile on this is Shiraz, not syrah. $17.95
NHL ALUMNI SIGNATURE Wines – I’m guessing here but my first thought when I saw these was the Monty Python wine review – they’re either “best for laying down and avoiding” or “particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.”

Chile - SANTA CAROLINA RESERVA DE FAMILIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006 Maipo Valley – My favourite region in Chile. A very good buy!TASTING NOTE: Grapes come from the Nothern area of Maipo. Cassis, mocha, vanilla, leather and black truffle. Cocentrated with ageworthy tannic structure. Superb value...! Score - 90. (Zoltan Szabo, $19.95
VIÑA CARMEN NATIVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Maipo Valley, Organically Grown Grapes. Viña Carmen was named 'Winery of the Year' for 2007 by Wine & Spirits magazine..
TASTING NOTE: Dark and structured, with loamy tannins carrying a delicious mix of mint, tobacco, currant paste and fig sauce flavors. Long and rich on the finish, with classic Maipo character. Drink now through 2012.. Score - 91. (James Molesworth,) $19.95
OZ - LEASINGHAM BIN 56 CABERNET/MALBEC 2005 – I like their Bin 61 Shiraz a lot but have not been impressed with past vintages of this blend – harsh and flat.
THORN-CLARKE SHOTFIRE QUARTAGE 2005 – For fans of fruit! A very good producer TASTING NOTE: Elegant, expressive and appealing for its range of fruit flavors, offering plum, fresh currant and vibrant mulberry notes that mingle with hints of cream and sweet spices on the long, refined finish.. Drink now through 2013. Score - 91. (Harvey Steiman, June 30, 2007) $23.95
Italy - VINETI DEL GEOGRAFICO FERRAIOLO 2004 – Almost a bargain super Tuscan! TASTING NOTE: Dark and beautiful, with rich blackberry, currant and dark chocolate aromas that follow through to a full-bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, rich finish. Gorgeous. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2007. Score - 90. (James Suckling, $33.95
Spain - CONDADO DE HAZA CRIANZA 2005 – Could be excellent and should be at its best between 2012 and 2020. Score - 90. (Jay Miller) $27.95. Late notice, 93 from the latest WS, I think.

And Now, The Big Dollar Wines but after the last two weeks in the stock market , who can afford them?
DOMAINE ERIC & JOEL DURAND CORNAS EMPREINTES 2005 – This is syrah from the Norther Rhone in a classic year. Inky purple. Suave, potent creme de cassis and blackberry aromas lifted by baking spice accents and a strong vanilla note. Lush and creamy in texture and very sweet, with concentrated dark berry and black cherry flavors and late notes of gingerbread and mocha…finish features velvety tannins and excellent length. Score - 90-93. $49.95
MANZONE BAROLO BRICAT 2003 TASTING NOTE: Offers aromas of rose and berry, with a full body and lots of flavors, from tar and berry to licorice. Long and caressing. This is a gorgeous wine already. Best after 2010. Score - 92. (James Suckling), $63.95
PININO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2003 Huge Brunello in 2001 scored a 95. This one is not up to that but very good none the less – just really pricey! (Capston Italia SRL.)TASTING NOTE: Nicely balanced for the vintage, with aromas and flavors of plum, berry and nutty oak. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and lots of vanilla coming through on the finish. Best after 2009. Score - 90. (James Suckling, May 15, 2008) $65.95
QUINTARELLI VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE 2000 – we’re talking cult wine here - DOC The Quintarelli family, led by the great Giuseppe, sends a strong message of continuity for the legendary Valpolicella area. The wines do the rest... (Gambero Rosso Italian Wines, 2008) Opulent, velvety and brimming with ripe red berry fruit, this wine aptly showcases Quintarelli's winemaking mastery. $91.95

Friday, September 12, 2008

Vintages Sept.13 release

My anticipated highlightof this release is from the Rhone:
ALAIN JAUME & FILS CLOS DE SIXTE 2005 The 2005 Lirac Clos de Sixte is one of Jaume's best selections and continues to be a star as well as a sleeper selection in 2005. A wine of considerable intensity, with a deep ruby/purple color, hints of blueberries, white flowers, some sweet cherry and chocolate, smoke, and earth, this is a full-bodied, intense wine that can be drunk now or cellared for up to a decade. Score - 90-92. $26.95 – Hunt it down and buy a lot , I think!
2006a well-made 100% Merlot that you can drink now or hold another four or five years. It's well-balanced, with intense and layered flavours that mesh with a medium-plus body, smooth texture, and moderate tannic dryness. Drink it with rich pasta dishes or with red meats. $14.95
BODEGAS CASTAÑO HÉCULA MONASTRELL 2005 Always a bargain value…let it breathe.Inky violet. Deep cherry and cassis aromas complicated by an array of floral, mineral and herbal nuances. Powerful dark fruit flavors are firmed by solid tannins and lifted by gentle minerality. Picks up smoked meat and anise notes on the long, chewy finish. This could be a Bandol. Is the average buyer at this price point ready for this? Another amazing value. $13.95
ÒNIX FUSIÓ 2006 as I recall the ’04 was a massive, delicious, fruit bomb! Priorat wines are predominantly composed of Garnacha (Grenache), most of which are old vines planted on low fertility slate and quartz-based soil called licorella. This Garnacha-based wine is filled with plum, leather, vanilla and cocoa aromas and flavours. $27.95
BANFI CENTINE 2006 TASTING NOTE: Very rich and ripe aromas of blackberry and earth follow through to a full-bodied palate, with soft tannins and a long finish. Shows lovely flavors. One of the best values from Tuscany this year. Best after 2007. Score - 88. (James Suckling,, Oct. 31, 2007) $17.95
ORNELLAIA LE VOLTE 2006 TASTING NOTE: The 2006 Le Volte is especially generous in this vintage. This plump, juicy wine bursts from the glass with an array of super-ripe dark plums, cherries, smoke and licorice. It is an engaging, rewarding wine to enjoy over the next few years. Le Volte is made from Sangiovese which is purchased from outside producers plus Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the property. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2011. Score - 90. (Antonio Galloni,, June 2008) $25.95
ALLEGRINI PALAZZO DELLA TORRE 2004 for fans of Valpoli’s and AmaronesTASTING NOTE: Allegrini's Palazzo della Torre (70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese) has long been one of my favorite ripasso-style wines and the 2004 is another winner. It reveals a plump, juicy personality loaded with perfumed, jammy fruit, roasted coffee beans and new leather. it is irresistible today, a few additional months of bottle age should help soften the wine further. 24.95
LA BRACCESCA VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2004 TASTING NOTE: As is characteristic of the vintage, the 2004 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano shows a noticeably darker, livelier color than the 2003, with more delineation in its aromas and flavors. It is vibrant and full of life, with a layered quality to its fruit, terrific length and a finessed, long finish. Another few years in the bottle will be beneficial,. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2019. $27.95
France – Rhone
As well as my top pick there are a couple of high priced ’05 CNdP’s
DOMAINE DU VIEUX LAZARET CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE CUVÉE EXCEPTIONNELLE 2005TASTING NOTE: ... this wine shows a dense ruby/purple color and a gorgeous nose of camphor, blackberry, kirsch, some roast beef and Provencal herbs. Full-bodied with great intensity, beautiful purity, a multi-dimensional mouthfeel, and a spectacular finish of close to a minute, this is a fabulous effort from Quiot and should drink well for close to two decades. Score - 94. $54.95
DOMAINE LUCIEN BARROT ET FILS CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2005 Dark and muscular, this is layered with lots of plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit backed by mocha, game, plum sauce and graphite notes. The long, fleshy finish lets the fruit and minerality sing. The best in a long time from this producer. Best from 2008 through 2022. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. Score - 93. $41.95
A bordeaux!
CHÂTEAU FONRÉAUD 2005 TASTING NOTE: Rich, full and dense, this shows considerable elegance. The fruits are black, and concentrated. There is a smooth layer of wood that adds to the complexity as well as opening the wine. Score - 91. $33.95
Grant Burge ‘150th Anniversary Release’ Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2003 Should be a dynamite wine – think Rosemount GSM – from a terrific producer. Probably one to chase down and find not cheap and but I expect there to be competition for this one.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

August 30th recommendations and comments on BC wine prices

Had a chance to try some Argentinians from this release while in BC. Both are terrific bargains after seeing the BC prices. Ahh, but when you add in the air quality and the views from Long Beach near Tofino – maybe the price discrepancy isn’t so great after all!
CONDE DE VALDEMAR RESERVA 2001TASTING NOTE: Harmonious and well-balanced, this red delivers black cherry, cola and tobacco flavors with well-integrated tannins and a spicy finish. Not showy, but shows typicity and breed. Drink now through 2015. Score - 90. (Thomas Matthews,, June 30, 2006) $22.95
PALACIOS REMONDO LA VENDIMIA 2006TASTING NOTE: Exotic, reflective strawberry and tea notes open this lighter-bodied, not-so-serious Rioja. Next in line is a mouthfilling blend of blackberry and cassis, but with ample acidity so that it avoids any weighty pitfalls. Finishes soft, with a swath of oaky vanilla flavor. Drink this 50/50 blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha now and over the next 18 months. Score - 88. (Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, June 1, 2008) $16.95
TORRES SALMOS 2005TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Salmos is composed of Garnacha, Syrah, Carinena, and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 9 months in new French oak. Dark crimson-colored, it offers up an aromatic array of slate, garrigue, lavender, cedar, black cherry, and blueberry. Full-bodied, sweetly-fruited, with excellent depth and breadth, this outstanding Priorat will provide much pleasure over the next 8-10 years. Score - 91. (Jay Miller,, Feb. 2008) $32.95
VIÑA VILANO CRIANZA 2004. The 2004 vintage has won several Gold Medals at international competitions around the world, including the 2006 Mondial de Bruxelles. This wine marks the 50th anniversary for this great winery that is little known outside of Spain. The reason it's little known? Until very recently, nearly all of what they produced had been purchased by local residents. Discover what the Spanish have known for years by trying a bottle of this award-winning wine, especially with grilled steaks. $20.95
PIEDRA AZUL 2005TASTING NOTE: The 2005 Azul is an outstanding value, one of the best in my Spanish tastings. Made from 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) and aged in stainless steel, this dark ruby-colored wine offers a peppery, spicy, fruity nose, lots of crunchy red fruit flavors, and ripe tannins leading to a surprisingly long, pure finish. Drink this easygoing effort over the next 1-3 years. Score - 90. (Jay Miller,, Feb. 2007) $15.95
CRASTO 2006 Quinta Do Crasto’s reserve bottling of this wine scored 95 points in the Wine Spectator, this is a great non reserva bottling.
Quinta do Crasto (quinta means estate winery/farm) has revolutionized Douro winemaking. From a traditional blend of touriga nacional, tinto roriz, touriga franca and the hearty tinto barroca comes a delicious, vibrant red with pitch perfect cherry fruit embellished by caraway, cedar, leather and fennel notes. Medium weight, juicy and elegant with excellent length. Drink now or age five years. Score - 91. (David Lawrason,, Sept. 2008) $15.00
QUINTA DA FONTE DO OURO RESERVA 2005DOC Dão Recommended by one of my favourite LCBO vintages Consultants, Quinta da Fonte do Ouro is an exciting, up-and-coming Dão house producing balanced, flavourful wines such asthis blend of Jaen, Aragónês, Trincadeira and the greatPort grape, Touriga Nacional (at least 50%). Ageable 3-5 years, or enjoyable tonight with grilled steak or lamb. This is a winery to keep your eye on. $19.95 - The nose on this one was very muted upon opening but quickly became a noseful of coffee, red fruits ( think ripe raspberry coulis) - flavour profile not unlike a Southern Rhone - terrific value!!!!
California and Washington st. – some well priced Cabs from both areas but I’d go with the Washington State ones, just because!
CLOS DU BOIS SONOMA RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005This is prototypical Alexander Valley Cab Sauv - rich, ripe and powerful, packed with loads of fruit, spice and cedary oak. It's soft and luscious, with a long finish. $29.95
NAPA RIDGE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2006Featuring classic cassis, vanilla and cherry aromas and flavours, this crowd-pleasing wine is an excellent choice for meat off the barbecue. $19.95
SIMI ALEXANDER VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 final blend for the 2005 vintage of this Sonoma favourite includes tiny amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot which each add subtle complexities and structure to this luscious Cab. Classic Cabernet Sauvignon hallmarks are well-represented however with vivid cassis, blackberry, cedar and vanilla aromas, and a full-bodied palate featuring plump berry fruit and plum flavours, ripe tannins and spicy oak notes. $24.95

WATERBROOK RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005Love the red wines from the Columbia valley. This Cab shows intriguing toasty oak, licorice, and black fruit aromas. It's dry, medium-full bodied with generous fruit flavours supported by medium tannins, with hints of vanilla and mineral notes on the finish. $27.95
WATERBROOK SYRAH 2005Columbia Valley TASTING NOTE: Crisp and juicy, this is almost preternaturally focused to show off its blueberry, plum and blackberry fruit, shaded by hints of mineral and cream as the finish lingers effortlessly against light, crisp tannins. Drink now through 2013. Score - 91. (Harvey Steiman,, May 31, 2007) $28.95
There are some beauties here but I think they’re a wee bit overpriced. The Filsell which is great should be $29.95, the Blass Gold Label is in the right range and I’d like to see the Katnook down a couple of bucks. It might be interesting to try it and the Waterbrook from Washington head up to see the regional differences

This wine won Gold and the trophy for best Cabernet Sauvignon at the first ever Argentina Wine Awards in 2007. Had this in BC It was not the best Argentinian Cab I’ve ever had …needs to breathe for a time, and needs red meat! Dense ,full, structured Cabernet that oozes fruit character, and has a rounded, complex, earthy palate. Very food friendly if your food is red meat!. Drink up to 2009. $15.95 – by the way, over $25 in BC

LUIGI BOSCA RESERVA MALBEC 2005 Had it in BC too, ($23.99 out there!) with burgers – everyone loved it but it too really needs some red meat! If you drink it alone, your first mouthful may have you cursing me! WS calls it “ A big, broad-shouldered wine, with muscular layers of black fig, coffee, bittersweet cocoa and dark licorice piled on top of hefty cedar-tinged tannins. A bit of a brute in style, but cellaring should soften its edges enough. Drink now through 2010. WS Smart Buy. Score – 91”. I didn’t get the figs but sure got the cocoa and tannins and @ $15.00 A smokin’ buy!
New Zealand
KONRAD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2006 – after all the fish out west, I had to have another Sauvignon Blanc…Marlborough, South Island TASTING NOTE: A rather ripe style, with only modest leafiness, pushed into the background by hints of honey, stone fruit, gooseberry and red currant. It's plump and substantial without being heavy, with a lingering finish. Drink now. Score - 90. (Joe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2008) $17.95
SANTA BRIGIDA COLLI DELLA TOSCANA CENTRALE 2003 – a good wine for laying down and forgetting for a year or two.TASTING NOTE: Displays pretty aromas of mineral and currant, with hints of blackberry. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long, caressing finish. This is very balanced for the vintage. Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2010. Score - 91. (James Suckling,, Oct. 15, 2007) $24.95

The Big Boys – for you big boys! Lay them down and forget them for a few years for sure.

SAUVIGNON 2004 TASTING NOTE: The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, all from their old vineyards in Calistoga. This is a dense, ruby/purple-tinged wine with full body, and despite the softness of the general vintage, Montelena has plenty of structure. Like nearly every vintage of their top Cabernet Sauvignon, it will last for 25 or more years. The wine has sweet tannin in a broad, flavorful, concentrated style with plenty of black currant, licorice, and spice. The wine is beautifully textured, slightly more forward than most Montelena Cabernets tend to be. It is another beauty from probably the most consistent winery for Cabernet Sauvignon over the last three decades. Drink 2007 to 2037. Score - 94+. (Robert Parker Jr.,, Dec. 2007 $132.95
PRUNOTTO BAROLO 2004TASTING NOTE: Wonderful perfumes of red fruit and ripe strawberry, with hints of violet. Full-bodied, with ultrafine tannins and a long, caressing finish. A refined style. Very well done. Best after 2011. Score - 91. (James Suckling,, June 15, 2008) $49.95

And if you ever get to BC, try to scare up some Kettle Valley Pinot Gris to have with seafood or on its own. It is an amazing wine. A delightful, slight pinkish hue,(not a rose but just a hint of pink- great lively fruit that really accentuates smoked fish chowder as well as all variety of seafood including tuna steaks, sashimi, halibut – you name it!) . I tried to find it anywhere other than a restaurant and failed...time to join their mailing list methinks!

August 16th release notes - I was in BC realizing the LCBO can be a bargain!

August 16th release – old recommendations because I was on vacation – if you can find any of these, try ‘em out!
2007 Ra Nui Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc - $19.95
2005 Trapiche Broquel Malbec - $15.95
2006 Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz - $23.95
2005 Gerard Bertrand Terroir Syrah/Carignan - $15.95
2005 Les Truffiers Vacqueyeras - $17.95
2006 Finca Flichman Expresiones Reserve Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon
2006 Clos de los Siete - $24.95
2005 Raymond Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - $34.95
2005 Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee du Baron - $39.95
2005 Paraduxx - $58.95

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Vintages August 2nd Release

Some Smokin’ Cabs and Shiraz from South Africa. Any marked with an *** should deliver real pleasure!
*** MULDERBOSCH CABERNET SAUVIGNON ROSÉ 2007 For the last 3 or 4 years this has been My Favourite Rose. Strawberries on the nose and the palate. Terrific with antipasto on a sunny deck! $12.95

*** VERGENOEGD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2001 TASTING NOTE: An opulently rich wine from very ripe fruit giving soft tannins, a delicious layer of red berries and mature Cab flavors. There is structure there, buried under all the ripeness, but this is a wine to sink into, ready for immediate drinking. Score - 91 $23.95
STARK-CONDÉ CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 TASTING NOTE: Offers a solid mix of briar, grilled sage, tobacco and dark currant fruit backed by a structured finish that shows a nice tangy iron note. Drink now through 2009. Score - 90. Of the two, I’d spend the 4 bucks more for the previous. But hard to beat a 90 point cab for under $20! $19.95
*** BLACK ROCK RED 2006 If you like Aussie GSM’s, this one from S.A. should be super!: Southern ­Rhône inspired exotic blend, individual & compelling. Shiraz-led 06 doesn't falter: violets, dried herbs, campfire smoke & crushed blueberries.. this is pure hedonism. $23.95
NEDERBURG MANOR HOUSE SHIRAZ 2006 This Shiraz won a Gold Medal at the Michelangelo Inter-national Wine Awards 2007.They've produced a lovely Shiraz that's full of rich flavours that are nicely defined and layered. It's generous, plush and smooth in the mouth, with some tanginess from the balanced acidity. If you're looking for a different take on Shiraz, try this one. It's a natural for lamb and other red meats. $16.95
***ALTOS LAS HORMIGAS MALBEC 2006 Always a great buy!. QPR value leader! TASTING NOTE: Bright, deep ruby-red. Dark raspberry, mocha and dark chocolate on the nose, plus a heavy layer of oaky vanilla, spice and coconut. Last year's was really mocha-y and very rich especially for the price point.Sweet, lush and fine-grained but fresh and not at all confectionery. In fact, this boasts enticing fresh fruit and good texture, density and lift. Finishes firm and persistent. Score - 88. (Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Jan./ Feb. 2005) $12.95
*** SUSANA BALBO SIGNATURE MALBEC 2006 This Lady makes great Cabs and Malbecs!Rich and polished, with almost gushing raspberry, boysenberry and blackberry fruit that's harnessed by suave toast, spice and licorice notes. Long, well-rounded finish has nice buried acidity. $22.95
*** PIRRAMIMMA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2005 Pirramimma makes one of my favourite Shiraz and their Petit Verdot is also can't go wrong!100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from two different vineyards in McLaren Vale. Aged in oak for 2 years (60% new American), it's a powerhouse with aromas of blackcurrant, dark berries and cedar. Dry and full-bodied, it has masses of ripe fruit balanced by gripping tannins, leading to a long finish. Enjoy it over the next five years with grilled steaks or game. Doug, could be an Elderton stand in for you! $23.95
And now the Big Boys!

DOMAINE DE LA CÔTE DE L'ANGE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2005 – As I've said before '05 was an amazing vintage almost everywhere, but especially in the Rhone.One of two higher priced choices this week.: A gutsy, structured style, with lots of fig, black currant, braised chestnut, bittersweet cocoa and espresso notes carried by robust but ripe tannins. The finish is long and smoky. Best from 2008 through 2022. $37.95
BARBI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2001 – One of my favourite Brunello’s. Usually ready to drink relatively young…but let it breathe if you do! Just a note, this one has jumped up in price by at least 5 bucks….it was carried before by the LCBO and I’m sure it was no more than 44.95
TASTING NOTE: The 2001 Brunello di Montalcino, a dark ruby, displays a perfumed nose along with dark fruit and scorched earth nuances on a structured, long frame supported by building tannins. Made in a style that is at once delicate and powerful, today it comes across as backward and austere in its expression (but remember this review was written almost a year and a half ago!). As it sits in the glass it continues to put on considerable weight, but ideally several years of cellaring are called for. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021. Score - 90. $49.95

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

BP, Why a Blog??

Welcome to my Blog. A bit of history here. I got tired of emailing everyone every week....too much typing, led to too much whining and not enough Wine-ing. So here we are with a Blog!