Hello Again Fellow Tipplers,
We really went to town the past couple of weeks tasting copious products. We bring you a rather large list this time round. We are recommending the wines we liked – simple as that. Vintages has done a great job of sourcing some great values – especially from Europe. Perhaps the Euro crisis has a silver lining for those of us across the pond J SALUT!
991562 Bailly Lapierre Réserve Brut Crémant De Bourgogne (Burgundy) $17.95
Refreshing and creamy - this fizz exudes flavors of fresh orchard pear and apple, mineral and slight sweetness on the finish!
297135 Mania Verdejo 2011 (DO Rueda, Spain) $13.95
Fresh herbs, refreshing white grapefruit and lightly spiced featured in this little number.
296624 Miguel Torres Cordillera De Los Andes Chardonnay 2011 (Limari Valley, Chile) $18.95
This is a lovely chard from a new region in Chile – the Limari Valley – a dry region close to the Pacific offering chalky, clay soil which gives the grape roots a good workout. This “grape vine fitness regime” results in grapes that produce a full-bodied chard with creamy, buttery, exotic notes balanced by some mouth-watering acidity.
118638 Gray Monk Pinot Gris 2011 (British Colombia) $19.95
A good blend of minerals, apple-pear and honey. It’s good tasting and will pair nicely with spicy foods if you are so inclined.
11072 Goats Do Roam The Goatfather 2011 (South Africa) $14.95
It’s a silly wine that is easy-drinking, smooth and not too complicated. If you’re in the mood for a simple wine that everyone will like – grab it!
222927Cave De Rasteau La Domelière Rastau 2009 (Côtes Du Rhône-Villages) $15.95
Velvety smooth, rich in flavors of black cherry, licorice, savoury spice – simply decadent! Score 91 (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com). Well Priced!
23119 Gladiator Primitivo Di Manduria 2010 (Puglia, Italy) $16.95
Awesome old world Zin – featuring flavors of berries, plum, leather and savory spice. Good Schtank!
67868 Arrocal 2009 (DO Ribera del Duero, Spain) $16.95
Super wine here. Look for coffee, cedar and lush dark berries. It could lie down for a couple of years to let the tannins develop. Score: 90 (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com)
170092 Pedro Martinez Alesanco Reserva 2006 (DOCa Rioja, Spain) $17.95
Distinct old world flavours – dry, slightly spicy and woodsy with a strong berry fruit core.
292003 Cal Blanca 2009 (DO Toro, Spain) $18.95
This Spanish brood is big bold and beautiful - unfolding elegant layers of opulent raspberry, licorice, white pepper and floral notes. Score 90 (Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar)
134809 Sasso Al Poggio 2006 (IGT Toscana) $18.95
Smooth & dry, soft & rich. This wine manages to be elegant while remaining somewhat rustic. Chocolate and an extremely long finish make this one a sure winner. Score: 92 (Wine Enthusiast) and was #60 in the Wine Enthusiasts Top 100 Wines of 2011.
287433 Three Rivers River’s Red 2009 (Colombia Valley, Washington State) $19.95
Smooth medium bodied chock full of berries, cherry, green pepper noes, wet forest floor and cocoa notes.
48884 Coudoulet De Beaucastel 2010 (Côtes Du Rhône) $29.95
Collector alert! It’s good, and will only get better. Violets, berries and firm tannins say so. Score : 90-92 (International Wine Celler. May 2012)
Rose & Karen