Greetings Summer Tipplers,
We are anticipating a lot of “Out-of-Office” alerts for this release, signalling vacation, fun and lots of Rn’R. We do hope you are all enjoying this cooler than average summer. This weather makes drinking wine of all colours particularly amenable. We’re still waiting to hear the din of cicadas – the sure sign of summer’s peak.
We’ve got some great picks from across the wine spectrum for cool nights, hot days and celebrations of doing NOTHING!
262881 Prevedello Asolo Superiore Extra Dry Prosecco 2013 DOCG (Veneto Italy) $17.95
Absolute stunner, aromas of pear, apple and spring blossom, flavours are fresh clean and pure with vivacious acidity = very well balanced and a wonderful mouth-feel!
NOTE: This wine is produced by Toronto restaurateur Franco Prevedello and comes from his family owned hillside vineyard in the heart of the Prosecco region.
183913 Zolo Torrontés 2013 (Argentina) $13.95
Refreshing, floral notes, lemony and lively acidity – we loved it!
377747 Domaine De Vieux Vauvert Vouvray 2012 (Loire, FR) $15.95
Juicy, lemony, lovely. Elegance imbued by soft minerality.
196667 Jean-Max Roger Cuvee C.C, Sancerre Blanc (Loire, FR) $27.95
Clean and fresh - grassy herbaceous character and racy acidity. Very well made!
368167 Chateau Recougne 2010 (Bordeaux, FR) $14.95
Such a deal! VERY dark, dense berry flavours. It’s smooth and easy with a decently long finish.
67868 Arrocal 2012 DO (Ribero Del Duero, SP) $17.95
A little light up front, then segues to smoky notes with a hint of vanilla and subtle berry notes. The tannins are soft and the finish lingering and spicy.
708289 Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red Label Zinfandel 2012 (CA) $19.95
BIG – brimming with sweet red cherry notes and ending with a starkly cocoa finish. This Zin serves up easily – not at all challenging.
167189 Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2012 (Barossa Valley, AU) $19.95
Mouthful of dark berry, chocolate, liquorice and spice, smooth and big on flavour!
134809 Piccini Sasso Al Poggio 2008 IGT (Tuscany, IT) $19.95
Blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with smoky cigar notes with hints of baking spices. Well made and balanced. (Score: 91, Monica Larner, Wine Enthusiast)
383976 689 Cellars Six Eight Nine Red 2012 (Napa Valley, CA) $22.95
Wow! Plum, cherry, dark berries and savoury spice replaying nicely on the palate. This stunner has a velvety soft mouth-feel and a tasty finish. Very well made!
ALP Rose & Karen
PS – Don’t forget you can always find the Vintages Value List on www.cetoblog.com