Wednesday, April 20, 2016
WHITE TABLE WINE
LOIRE - CHÂTEAU DE LA BRETESCHE MUSCADET SÈVRE ET MAINE SUR Lie 799 cases of 12 $13.95 – Melon de Burgogne grape doing a great impression of an unoaked, full fruit, bargain priced chard.
BURGUNDY - VIGNERONS DE BUXY LES CHANIOTS MONTAGNY 1ER CRU 2013 219 cases of 12 $24.95
BURGUNDY - VINCENT MOTHE CHABLIS 2014 249 cases of 12 $26.95
RED TABLE WINE
WASHINGTON St - HOGUE Genesis Meritage – Good, solid wine for the upcoming BBQ season. Black fruits with oak in support. If you like the CC H3 red blend, this’ll be right for you too.
ARGENTINA - LAMADRID SINGLE VINEYARD RESERVA MALBEC 2012 2998 cases of 12 $17.00 A good wine, not up to Suckling’s score but probably 90. Great for the BBQ with marinated steak, burgers or rare lamb chops.
AUSTRALIA - WAKEFIELD JARAMAN CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 380 cases of 12 $24.95 – Wakefield is renowned for the QPR of their wines. This one goes a little upscale but should be very nice.
Australia – SIDEWOOD SHIRAZ 2013 -$19.95 – Festooned with plenty of gold and scored like crazy by Halliday, this is a new Shiraz for me but I’ll be trying it. The ‘drink by 2043’ is pretty difficult to believe. I expect to be long gone by then but so will Halliday, so how is anyone going to call him on it?
AUSTRALIA - MITOLO JESTER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 493 cases of 12 $22.95 – Good stuff this.
RHÔNE -LE GRAVILLAS PLAN DE DIEU CÔTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES 2014 598 cases of 12 $17.95 – As good as the Domaine le Grand Retour from recent releases? This one is a year younger and 3 bucks more. I’d buy the latter if it’s still available.
TUSCANY - TENUTA DI CAPRAIA CHIANTI CLASSICO 2013 649 cases of 12 $21.95 – Nice, fruit driven Chianti Classico – not a great year though. Did I say it was cold and wet that May?
SPAIN - DOMINIO DEL VIENTO CRIANZA 2011 712 cases of 12 $16.95 - Might be the better of the two Spanish selections this week.
SPAIN - MARQUÉS DE CARRION PATA NEGRA RESERVA 2010 2991 cases of 12 $17.00 – Price is right but only if this comes in like the Muriel 2008 Reserva of last year. If so, it might be a box worthy purchase. However, two bottles of this were thin, insipid, uninspired, oaky messes when bought and tried at two different times by my brother and sister in law in B.C. The wine was released there recently (for substantially more $, I might add) so I was looking forward to their opinions. Their palates are finely tuned to the old world so for them to be so unimpressed, it had to be less than mediocre. Here’s the lot number from their second bottle – my public service announcement now comes to a close with two words – buyer beware.
ARGENTINA - BODEGA SANTA JULIA VIDA ORGÁNICA MALBEC ROSÉ 2015 523 cases of 12$13.95
MIDI - L'OSTAL CAZES ROSÉ 2015 447 cases of 12 $14.95
PROVENCE - GASSIER SABLES D'AZUR ROSÉ 2015 1199 cases of 12$15.95
SPAIN - VIÑA REAL ROSADO 2015 794 cases of 6 $15.95; MUGA from the previous Catalogue -$13.95
BIG BUCKS and ISDs
ARGENTINA -TRAPICHE TERROIR SERIES FINCA AMBROSIA SINGLE VINEYARD – An ISD so 49 cases of 6 at $39.95 – I love these single vineyard productions from Trapiche. Impenetrably dark, unctuous fruit and a bottle made for wrist curls or for bar fights.
NORMAN HARDIE UNFILTERED CHARDONNAY 2014 131 cases of 12 $39.00 – Perhaps not quite so puckering as his PEC Chard, but very good nonetheless.
Tuscany-RENDOLA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2004 300 cases of 12 $39.95 – Want to know what your 2010’s will be like in 12 years? Try one of these. 2004 was almost as good a vintage as 2010 so fear not.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
April 16th and the LCBO Vintages team brings us a feature called European Vocation. This terrible play on European Vacation had us looking forward to Shari Mokg Edwards starring as Clark Griswald in one of those expensive, tax payer sponsored, LCBO web videos. Sadly twas not to be. I guess she lacks the comic chops, but that’s not to say the LCBO doesn’t make us laugh with this release.
AUSTRALIA - DANDELION VINEYARDS LIONHEART OF THE BAROSSA SHIRAZ 1150 cases of 12 $21.95 – Creeping up in price but a perennial favourite here in Ontario. Big, bold, Barossa.
BRITISH COLUMBIA - CULMINA R&D RED BLEND 2014 166 cases of 12 $25.95 - From Don Triggs’ latest wine adventure, this is worth trying if only to see how he’s doing. The winemaker was formerly the maker at Osoyoos Larose I think.
RHÔNE - DOMAINE LE GRAND RETOUR PLAN DE DIEU CÔTES DU RHÔNE VILLAGES - 997 cases of 12 $14.95 – Annually a favourite chez moi and at the monopoly. Always nice to get a wine produced almost next door to Chateauneuf and at 1/3rd the price. Good value.
RHÔNE - SANTA DUC ROAIX LES CROTTES 2010 391 cases of 12 $19.95 – Another of the ‘under the radar’ named Villages (not quite a cru) and from a great vintage. This should be right in its drinking window now and over the next year or two. I read somewhere that this was ‘too hard to sell as ROAIX’ so the fruit is now included in the Santa Duc Quatre Terres CdR-V. A little expensive but worth a shot.
FRANCE, SOUTHWEST - CLOS TROTELIGOTTE K-OR MALBEC 2014 299 cases of 12 $18.95 – Great producer, clever name playing on the Cahors region. Give it a few years then it’d be fun to try blind with a Malbec from Argentina to see the differences in style.
PUGLIA - TORMARESCA TORCICODA PRIMITIVO 2013 274 cases of 12 $20.95 – BBQ time, so why not an Italian Zin from ANTINORI?
TUSCANY - SAN FELICE IL GRIGIO CHIANTI CLASSICO RISERVA 2011 298 cases of 12 $27.95 – Solid producer and year, but not cheap. One might be worth a try.
TUSCANY - GUADO AL TASSO IL BRUCIATO 2013 288 cases of 12 $25.95 - A blend of Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah also from Antinori.
SOUTH AFRICA - RUSTENBERG CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 299 cases of 12 $19.95 - Silver medals at 4 different major wine shows as well as scores of 89 and 90 points from critics not named Suckling give this wine credibility. While new world in place, this is a slightly more Bordeaux style of cab sauv.
SPAIN - CVNE RESERVA 2011 694 cases of 6 $24.95 - Excellent producer, ageable but also drinkable now.
SPAIN -VIÑA REAL CRIANZA 2012 996 cases of 6 $18.95 - Ditto. How’s that for a detailed review?
CALIFORNIA - MICHAEL DAVID FREAKSHOW CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013 658 cases of 12 $26.95 – What a great label! Described as reminiscent of the Sgt Pepper Album cover (you kids can ask your parents), this is a big wine from the Phillips brothers in Lodi California.
BIG BUCKS and ISDs
Tuscany -AVIGNONESI VINO NOBILE DI MONTEPULCIANO 2012 166 cases of 12 $39.95 – Visiting the wineries around Montepulciano and gauging the locals’ impressions of the newish owners of Avignonesi was quite interesting last fall. The opinion seemed to be that they were outsiders and were not interested in the traditional ways nor integrating themselves. The locals all had another winery that they recommended we visit instead of going there. Avignonesi wines do score well though it appears they have decided to move into Brunello territory, price wise.
BURGUNDY -CHÂTEAU-FUISSÉ TÊTE DE CRU POUILLY-FUISSÉ 2012 ISD 34 cases of 12 $41.95 – Tasty chardonnay but $$’s.
RHÔNE - DOMAINE DE LA CHARBONNIÈRE CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 2012 147 cases of 12 $43.95
Tuscany - LA LECCIAIA BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2010 147 cases of 6 $57.95 – Too many $$’s for me.
Tuscany -IL GRIGIO DA SAN FELICE GRAN SELEZIONE CHIANTI CLASSICO 333 cases of 6 $46.95 - You know this was Wine Enthusiast's #1 wine last year, right? Just sayin'.
OZ - BAROSSA VALLEY ESTATE EBENEZER CABERNET SAUVIGNON 221 cases of 6 $39.95 – Ebenezer syrah is (doing my best Jimmy Fallon doing his best Donald Trump) “HUUUGE!” I see no reason for the cab to be anything less.