Friday, July 01, 2016

July 2016 Wines - 13 Tasted of 14

West Coast, Low Tide

Cheers, Ww

LINEUP:  Reds, Whites, Rosés and Bubblies:
My new toy

  • Byron & Harold Rose & Thorns Shiraz 2013  95-3  --  V, Western Australia, #453183  $19.95
  • Zonte's Footstep Baron Von Nemesis Shiraz 2013, 92a-2  --  V, Barossa Valley, Australia, #212936  $17.95
  • Wirra Wirra Church Block Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Merlot 2013, 91-2  --  V,  McLaren Vale, Australia, #024034  $19.95 
  • Chateau Terra Mare Rhône Paradox Côtes du Rhône Homini 2012, 89-1 --  V, Rhône, France, #447912  $16.95
  • Château Pégau Cuvée Maclura Côtes-du-Rhône 2013, 89-1  --  V,  Rhône, France, #452250  $19.95 
  • Mirasso Winery Pinot Noir 2014,  88-2  --  G, Modesto, California, #185249  $11.95* 
  • Protea Merlot 2014, 87a-1  --  V, Western Cape, South Africa, #443481  $14.95 
  • Susana Balbo CRIOS Pinot Noir 2014,  r-v  --  V, Mendoza Argentina, #450098  $14.95
     
  • Santa Ema Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2014, 92-3  --  V,  Leyda Valley, Chile, #443507  $15.95 
  • Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 90-1 --  V,  Zapallar Coast, Chile, #389643 $19.95 
  • Concha Y Toro Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2013, 89-1  --  V, Colchagua, Chile, #287995  $16.95
  • Susana Balbo CRIOS Chardonnay 2014, 88c-1  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, 13.0%  XD  6g/L, #243196 $13.95 
  • Domaine LaFage Cuvée Centenaire 2014, 88-1  --  V,  Cotes du Roussillon, France, #343491  $19.95  

  • Mionetto Prosecco DOC Treviso NV,  89-1  --  G, Veneto, Italy,  #266023  $18.15 
(V - Vintages, G - General, O - Other, r-v  - Rating-Value, a - aerated, c - cellar,           NR - Not Recommended)

TASTINGS:
 
PROTEA MERLOT 2014, Western Cape, South Africa, 14.0%  XD 7g/L, #443481  $14.95  (Tasted July 3, 2016)


Release by Vintages on June 11, 2016. Reference:  WineSearcher. My notes:   An attractive pattern is imprinted on the bottle, Protea, the national flower of South Africa. A deep ruby swirls a moderate film that quickly flows long fast legs. The raspberry scent is accented with pine, for tang and freshness, and dark cocoa for smoothness. The first sip attacks the tongue then a quick swallow dries the throat to a chalk level. Overall a warm, rough finish needs the calming aspect of savoury appetizers or a main course of marinade steaks grilled on an open fire. Aerating does much to calm this red's intensity and is recommended. I'd call it a meal red and a drink now.  87a

SUSANA BALBO CRIOS PINOT NOIR 2014, Mendoza Argentina,  14.0%  XD 5g/L, #450098  $14.95  (Tasted tbd)


Released by Vintages on June 11, 2016. Reference: WineSearcher . My notes:

MIRASSOU WINERY PINOT NOIR 2014, Modesto, California, 13.5%  D  14g/L, #185249  $11.95*  (Tasted July 21, 2016)


A General listing. *Reduced from $13.95 until June 19, 2016. Reference: WineSearcherMy notes:  A clear black cherry light for a red but appropriate for the varietal. A swirl shows a viscous film fragmenting from the rim attempting to run tears instead shattering into isolated islands. The nose is slightly floral with a pleasing warmth and modest tang. Black cherry flavouring, a soft dryness and sustained finish supports sipping or meal pairing: Salmon/trout, Artic char or a light fruit salad pear and asiago dressing - air and lite chill (10oC) for a social sipper and light buffet. Short term cellaring is possible. 88-2

SUSANA BALBO CRIOS CHARDONNAY 2014, Mendoza, Argentina, 13.0%  XD  6g/L, #243196 $13.95  (Tasted July 17, 2016)


Released by Vintages on June 11, 2016. My notes:  A clean mid yellow that smears the glass with an unbroken film quickly fragmenting from a clinging rim. A mild citrus melon aroma half way to a vegetable scent has neutral appeal. The first sip stings with fresh lemon and a predominant mineral note leaves a fading dryness. I'd call it a refreshing lightish medium-body quaffer as well as a partner with fish filets: pecan crusted cod/tilapia, pickerel, Artic char or seared scallops. A value white that may provide dividends if cellared - check third  year.  88c

BYRON & HAROLD ROSE & THORNS SHIRAZ 2013, Western Australia, 14.0%  XD  5g/L,  #453183  $19.95  (Tasted July 23, 2016)


Released by Vintages on June 11, 2016. Rated 95 by Campbell Mattinson  (July 27, 2015) Reference: WineSearcherMy notes:  The nose entices one to rush but hold off to sense the aromas and intensity of character: subtle berries blended with soft woods, a polite but bright spice for an edge -- Now sip. There's a dry layer covered by ripe blackberry and tamed cranberry and substantial body to sustain a long finish. The film quickly releases a dozen fast tears. Pair with lamb kebobs, a medium rare tenderloin or Polish sausage on a well decorated bun. Drink now or cellar another period. 95-3 

WIRRA WIRRA CHURCH BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON / SHIRAZ / MERLOT 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia, 14.5%  XD  7g/L, #024034   $19.95  (Tasted July 17, 2016)

Released by Vintages on June 11, 2016. Rated 94 by James Halliday  (November 14, 2015). Reference: WineSearcher . My notes: A smooth aroma of dark chocolate, raspberry and cranberry tang gently presented on the first sniff. A full-bodied blend of 50% Cab Sauv, 37% Shiraz and 13% Merlot. The film sticks following the release of a ring of slow tears. Take the first sip slowly to avoid the sting and penetration of persistent acids. A charcoal hue gives density to the royal ruby.  The finish quickly levels out prolonging dry fruit with a velvet texture. Pair with stewed, braised, wood fired grilled top grade beef. Cellaring over several more years should mellow its present bold character meanwhile aerating softened some of the bite for a sip now.  91-2

CONCHA Y TORO SERIE RIBERAS GRAN RESERVA CHARDONNAY 2013, Colchagua, Chile, 14.0% XD 8g/L, #287995  $16.95  (Tasted July 8, 2016)


Released by Vintages on May 14, 2016. Reference: WineSearcher  My notes:  A warm butter colour. A film sticks then runs a ring of slow tears from a stationary rim. The serving temperature balances a background warmth and tang- keep chilled. As a sipper a mineral dryness, delicate butterscotch and penetrating youthful citrus takes precedence - for Chard lovers. Its brightness and long finish would pair nicely with garlic shrimp, seared  mussels or a combination of whitefish pieces and buttery risotto. Bottle weight is an eco-unfriendly 1.4lbs. 89

ZONTE'S FOOTSTEP BARON VON NEMESIS SHIRAZ 2013, Barossa Valley, Australia, 14.5  XD  7g/L,  #212936   $17.95  (Tasted July 10, 2016)


Released by Vintages on June 11, 2016. Rated 94 by James Halliday  (July 27, 2015).  My notes: A black cast to a deep ruby would set up a mains of seasoned sirloin slices nicely. The nose has a charcoal edge matching initial impressions. A smooth rim dropping slow tears suggests a velvet touch to the first sip. Yes! Smooth with a penetrating warmth ending chalk dry and filled with ripened black cherries. Take time out to aerate. Now chalk has changed to mineral balancing nicely with spicy fruit. Full-bodied for a penetrating sipper or a solid companion to game meats or grilled beef cuts. Another few years in the cellar will develop this red further. 92a  


SANTA EMA RESERVE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014, Leyda Valley, Chile, 13.5%  XD  3g/L, #443507  $15.95  (Tasted July 10, 2016)

Released by Vintages on  June 25, 2016.  My notes:  A green hue to a faint, crisp and clear blond colour and a nose offering faint rhubarb as a variation from gooseberry. Swirling leaves a moderate film and a formation of swollen tears falling slowly. Chilled then sampled at 10oC this has refreshing fruit with substantial body going into a long luscious finish. This is a Sauvignon Blanc with a citric brightness pleasing as a sipper and with a fullness to complement shellfish, a bento box mix and fresh water pickerel. Cellaring a few years may introduce some smoothness - personally I wouldn't wait.  92

DOMAINE LAFAGE CUVÉE CENTENAIRE 2014,  Cotes du Roussillon, France, 13.0%  XD  6g/L,  #343491  $19.95  (Tasted July 1, 2016)


Released by Vintages on Mar 5, 2016.  (80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne). Rated 91 by Jeb Dunnuck  (April 2015).  My notes: A mid yellow leaving a sticky film, a rounded rim and running fast legs. A touch of butter frames a soft lemon caramel aroma. Chill to 10oC min.  Sloshing fills the mouth with a lasting tang that subsides over a sustained warm finish - med-bodied. Pleasurable during and after a quaff. Pair with seafood of the quiet kind, ie. grilled, bento or raw. Has flexibility, for instance: from halibut on a mound of risotto to beer can chicken. 88

MONTES OUTER LIMITS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Zapallar Coast, Chile, 13.0% XD 6g/L,  #389643 $19.95  (Tasted July 1, 2016)


Released by Vintages on April 30, 2016.  Rated 90 by James Suckling  (October 29, 2015). My notes: Mid yellow with an acerbic lemon, green pea and faint butterscotch aroma. A thin film fills a rounded rim to drop a curtain of slow tears. An intense lemon with a softer caramel blend for a medium-bodied, new age sauvignon blanc. Rolling off the tongue as an extra dry almost chalky long finish this is a refresher when served chilled (10oC) on a summer afternoon of restful sunshine. Have with a salty cheese & cracker tray, grilled garlic shrimp on toothpicks, planked salmon or bacon wrapped asparagus spears. Still young and likely will cellar well.  90

CHÂTEAU PEGAU CUVÉE MACLURA CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2013,  Rhône, France, 14.0%  XD  xg/L,  #452250  $19.95  (Tasted July 27, 2016)


Release by Vintages on May 28, 2016.  My notes:  Swirls a firm film running bulging tears from a fragmented rim. When aerated rim is heavily fragmented and tears are slow to form before dropping.  There's a deep black cherry with a crushed cherry stone flavour and a subtle freshness. Well supported, medium bodied, a biting acidity with a warm start to mid throat finishing extra dry. No change when aerated. A solid complement to grilled beef patties, savoury stews, rare sirloin and tenderloin. Aged three years and likely several more are in the bottle. 89

CHÂTEAU TERRA MARE RHÔNE PARADOX CÔTES DU RHÔNE HOMINI 2012,  Rhône, France, 15.0%  XD  4g/L,  #447912  $16.95  (Tasted July 26, 2016)


Released by Vintages on Jun 11, 2016. Rated 90 by Jeb Dunnuck  (December 2013).  My notes: 100% Grenache. The colour is a deep ruby and a swirl brings out a thin film fragmenting at the rim then dropping a ring of long moderate tears. A scent of warm teak adds to a blackberry and soft liquorice flavour. Velvet smooth texture contrasts with a gradually fading acid and drying chalk finish. Pair with rare roast beef, cold as in a luncheon spread or hot with Yorkshire puddings. Short term - another 4 years. Primarily a drink now - aerate to soften bite.  89


MIONETTO PROSECCO DOC TREVISO NV, Veneto, Italy, 11.0%  D  17g/L,  #266023  $18.15  (Tasted July 6, 2016)

A General listing.  My notes: Mid-size bubbles quickly top the flute and cover the sides. A clear mid yellow matches the crisp and clean fragrance as does an almost dry balance of melon and subtle pear. A temperature of 10oC welcomes the senses on a hot (30oC) July day. There's a lasting suspicion of sweetness as well as an appealing fullness and, as a whole and given a few minutes, the spritz works its magic for a long finish. Freshen the morning with chilled oysters, strawberries and cream or back bacon chips and avocado slices - each chilled from a bowl of crushed ice. 89-1     

2016 1st Half Summary - Whites+


The Whites+, consisting of 36 whites, 5 rosés and 5 bubblies tasted from January 1st through June 30th this year, are listed in rating sequence below.  Shown in brackets is the month of tasting where my original notes can be found.  Nine wines rated 90 and above are considered enjoyable to excellent either to sip or with a meal. Those 85 to 89 are increasingly enjoyable while those 84 and below have progressive degrees of being less desirable as the rating approaches 80.  See the side panel for details.

The value that is hyphenated to the rating indicates whether a wine is 'worth the price', one that I'd buy in 'multiples', or one I'd buy in 'quantity'.

Consider this one person's view and perhaps a starting point for finding bargain wines. Click here for the 2016 1st half Reds.

Cheers, Ww

Whites (36)

  1. Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2013 VQA Beamsville Bench, 92-3  --  V,  Beamsville, Ontario, #246579  $16.95  (Mar)
  2. Gray Monk Pinot Auxerrois 2014 VQA Okanagan Valley, 91-2  --  V, Kelowna, BC, #BC096222,  $14.79  (Apr)
  3. Domaine Salmon Grande Réserve Muscadet Sur Lie 2014, 91-2  --  V, Loire, France, #438309  $16.95  (May)
  4. Vieni Estates Chardonnay 2012 VQA Vinemount Ridge, 91-2  --  V,  Beamsville, Ontario,  #388371  $18.25  (Apr)
  5. Joie Farm - A Noble Blend 2014 VQA, 91-2 --  O, Naramata, BC, #BC882027  $20.99 (Feb)
  6. Chateau l'Argenteyre 2010,  91-2  --  V, Medoc, France,  #441246  $22.95  (POV Feb)
  7. Konzelmann Estate Winery Unoaked Chardonnay 2014 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 90-2  --  G, Ontario, Canada, #200535  $10.65*  (Feb)
  8. Oro de Castilla Verdejo 2014, 90-2  --  V, Rueda, Spain, #745562  $15.95   (Jun)
  9. Charles Bove Vouvray 2014, 90-2  --  V,  Loire, France, #448563  $17.95  (Jun)

  • Casa do Arrabalde Avesso/Alvarinho/Arinto 2014, 89-2  --  V,  Minho, Portugal, #429324  $14.95 (Mar) 
  • Ontanon Vetiver Rioja Viura Blanco 2013, 89-2  --  V,  Rioja, Spain,  #437707  $15.95  (POV Mar)
  • Tinhorn Creek Pinot Gris 2014 VQA Okanagan Valley, 89-1  --  V, Oliver, BC, #BC530683, $17.49  (Apr)
  • Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay 2012 VQA Beamsville Bench, 89-1  --  V, Jordan, Ontario, #256552   $18.95  (Mar)
  • Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2014, 89-1 --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #119099  $19.95  (Feb)
  • Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay 2013 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 89-1  --  V, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, #172338 $22.95  (Jan)
  • Domaine Zinck Pinot Blanc 2014, 88-1  --  V, Alsace, France, #435040  $16.75  (May)
  • Chloe Chardonnay 2014, 88-1  --  G, Sonoma California, #392597  $17.95*  (Mar)
  • Vieni Sauvignon Blanc 2013 VQA Vinemount Ridge, 88  --  V, Beamsville, Ontario, #Winery  $19.95  (Apr)
  • Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay 2012 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 88-1  --  V, Vineland, Ontario, #089037  $19.95  (Jun)
  • Vina Cobos Felino Chardonnay 2014, 88-1  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #119099  $19.95  (Mar)
  • Woodwork Central Coast Chardonnay 2013, 87-1  --  G, Sonoma, California, #428805 $16.95 (Jan)
  • Cave de Ribeauvillé Collection Pinot Gris 2014, 87  --  V, Alsace, France, #390633  $19.95  (Feb)
  • Cannonball Chardonnay 2013, 87  --  V, Sonoma County, California, #311563  $22.95  (Jan)
  • Te Whare RA Sauvignon Blanc 2014, 87  --   Renwick, Marlborough, #411603 $24.95  (Jan)
  • Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2014, 86  --  V, Valle de Uco, Argentina, #262097  $15.95  (Jun)
  • Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2014 VQA Niagara Escarpment, 86 --  V,  Niagara, Ontario, #246579 $16.95  (May)

  • Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2014,  84  --  G,  Marlborough, New Zealand, #415745 $14.95*  (May)
  • Vieni Pinot Grigio 2013 VQA Vinemount Ridge, 84  --  V, Beamsville, Ontario, #Winery  $14.95  (Apr)
  • The Crusher Viognier Wilson Vineyard 2013, 84  --  V,  Clarksburg, Napa, California, #361964  $16.95  (Feb)
  • Henschke Tilly's Vineyard 2013, 84 -- V, Adelaide Hills, Australia, #061705  $26.95  (Jan)
  • Daniel Lenko Chardonngay Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 82  --  Disc., Beamsville, Ontario, #260398  $12.10* (Jan)
  • Secreto Patagonia Chardonnay 2012, 82  --  V, Patagonia, Argentina, #380055  $16.25  (Jun)
  • Mauro Chardonnay 2014 IGT,  81  --  G, Puglia, Italy, #404491   $12.30  (Apr)
  • Mike Weir Chardonnay VQA Niagara Peninsula 2014,  81  --  G,  Beamsville, Ontario, #000026  $13.95*  (Feb)
  • Willm Réserve Riesling 2014, NR  --  V, Alsace, France, #011452  $15.95  (Feb)
  • Clay Station Unoaked Viognier 2014, 77NR  --  V, Lodi, California, #025411  $16.95  (Jun)

Roses (5)

  • Saint Clair Family Estate Premium Pinot Gris Rosé 2015, 90-2  --  V,  Marlborough, New Zealand, #451740  $16.95  (Jun)
  • Muga Rioja Rosé 2015, 89-2  --  V, Haro, Spain, #603795  $13.95  (May)
  • Cave Spring Dry Rosé 2014 VQA Niagara Escarpment, 88-1  --  G, Jordan, Ontario, #295006  $14.95   (Mar)
  • Vieni Bruce Trail Rosé Sparkling NV VQA Ontario,  85  --  G,  Beamsville, Ontario, #452276  $ 15.95 (Apr)
  • Pillitteri Blossom Rosé 2013 VQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, 82  --  G, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, #441188  $13.95   (Mar)

Bubblies (5)

  • Zuccardi Blanc de Blancs Cuvée Especial 2008, 92-2  --  V,  Tupungato, Argentina, #435438  $19.95
  • Bottega Petalo il Vino Dell'Amore Moscato NV, 89-2  --  G, Montebelluna, Italy, #588780 $12.95   (Mar)
  • Il Sodale Moscato d'Asti 2014, 88-1  --  V, Piedmont, Italy, #422444   $16.95  (Mar)
  • Canella Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2014, 87-1  --  V, Veneto, Italy, #435503  $16.75 (Jun)
  • Cave de Beblenheim Brut Rosé Crémant d'Alsace NV,  87  --  V, Beblenheim, France, #168948  $18.95 (Jan)

2016 1st Half Summary - Reds


The 46 Reds tasted from January 1st through June 30 this year are listed below sequenced by rating.  Shown in brackets is the month of tasting where the original notes can be found.  There are 16 wines rated 90 and above. These are considered not lacking in any aspect and are excellent to sip and/or as a complement to a meal.  Another sixteen in the 85 to 89 range are enjoyable but lack in minor degrees of fullness, varietal character or some other element. 

Fourteen are rated 84 and below which although consumable are not necessarily enjoyable in some way - some will see this as a defect. See the side panel for more background.

The value that is hyphenated to the rating indicates whether a wine is 'worth the price', one that I'd buy in 'multiples', or one I'd buy in 'quantity'.  Click here for the 2016 1st half WHITES+.

Consider this one person's view and perhaps a starting point if it helps.

Cheers, Ww

Reds (46)

  1. Lamadrid Single Vineyard Reserva Malbec 2012, 94-3  --  V, Mendoza, Argentina, #234492  $17.00  (May)
  2. Luis Felipe Edwards Reserva Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 93-3  --  G, Colchagua Valley, Chile, #308189  $13.90 (May)
  3. Tyrrell's Rufus Stone Shiraz 2012, 93-3  --  V, Victoria, Australia, #091488  $22.95  (Jan)
  4. Wakefield Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 92c-3  -- G,  Auburn, South Australia, #358838  $14.95  (Jun)
  5. Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2014,  92-2  --  V,  Borja, Spain, #273748  $19.95   (Jun)
  6. Meandro do Vale Meao 2012, 92-2  --  V, Douro, Portugal, #244731   $24.95  (Jan)
  7. Bodega Don Cristobal 1492 Barrel Selection Shiraz 2012, 91-2  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #236133 $15.95  (Mar)
  8. Toneles Tonel 22 Malbec 2012, 91-2  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #415018  $17.95   (Mar)
  9. I Vasari Old Vines Barba Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011, 91a-2  --  V, Abruzzi, Italy, #289991  $19.95  (Feb)
  10. Chateau l'Argenteyre 2010,  91-2  --  V, Medoc, France,  #441246  $22.95  (POV Feb)
  11. Alberto Furque Malbec 2013, 90-2  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #366112  $16.95  (Mar)
  12. Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2012,  90-2  --  V,  Columbia Valley, Washington, #240093  $17.95  (POV Apr)
  13. Terrazas de Los Andes Reserva Malbec 2013,  90-2  --  V, Mendoza, Argentina, #029280   $18.95  (Apr)
  14. Antico Sigillo Primitivo di Manduria 2013, 90-2  --  V, Taranto, Italy,  #439596  $19.95  (Mar)
  15. Barao de Vilar Proeza 2012, 90-2  --  V, Dão, Portugal, #427187  $13.95 (May)
  16. Falernia Reserva Carmenére 2013,  90-1  --   V,  Valle de Elqui, Chile,  #269175  $19.95  (POV Apr)

  • Valdemar Fincas Valdemacuco Roble 2012, 89-1  --  V, Ribera del Duero, Spain, #417683  $17.25   (Jun)
  • Montes Alpha Syrah 2012, 89-1  --  V, Colchagua Valley, Chile, #000612  $19.95  (Jan)
  • Hardy's Bankside Shiraz 2012, 88-1  --  G, Reynella, Australia, #333948  $14.95  (May)
  • Bellingham Ancient Earth Pinotage 2014, 88-1a  --  V, Western Cape, S. Africa, #438317  $14.95  (Mar)
  • Penthouse Pinot Noir 2013, 88a-1  --  V, Adelaide Hills, South Australia, #432864  $16.95  (Feb)
  •  Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2014,  88-1 --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #118067  $19.95  (Mar)
  • Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz 2014, 87a (90c-2)  --  G, Auburn, South Australia, #441543  $14.95  (Jun)
  • Irony Merlot Napa Valley 2012,  87  --  V, California, USA, #183186  $17.95*  (Jan)
  • Dauvergne Ranvier Grand Vin Cotes du Rhone-Villages 2013, 87a  --  V,  Rhône, France, #436907  $18.95  (Jun)
  • Woodwork Pinot Noir 2013 (Batch #7), 87-1  --  G, Sonoma, California, #428839  $13.95*  (Feb)
  • The Wanted Zin Old Vines Zinfandel IGT 2014, 86-2 --  G, Puglia, Italy, #416487  $13.95  (POV Mar)
  • Muga Reserva Rioja 2011, 86  --  V, Haro, Spain, #177345  $23.95  (Feb)
  • Crios Limited Edition Red Blend 2013,  85a  --  V,  Mendoza, Argentina, #366146  $14.95  (Feb)
  • Vieni Briganti Red 2012 VQA Ontario, 85  --  V, Beamsville, Ontario, #435792  $ 12.95  (Apr)
  • Year of the Monkey Pinot Noir 2014, 85  --  G, Baden, Germany, #425108  $14.95  (Jan)
  •  Ascheri Barbera d'Alba DOC 2013, 85a  --  G, Piedmont Italy, #219790 $16.15  (Jun)
  
  • Ravenswood Vintners Blend Old Vine Zinfandel 2013, 84  --   V, Acampo, California, #359257  $15.95*  (May)
  • Xavier 100% Côtes du Rhône 2012 vins d'Experts, 84  --  V, Rhône, France, #437079   $17.00  (Apr)
  • Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Tenuta di Castiglioni 2012, 84  --  V, Tuscany, Italy, #145920  $18.95*   (Feb) 
  • Trapiche Broquel Malbec 2014, 83a  --  G,  Mendoza, Argentina, #234385  $14.95*  (Mar)
  • Folonari Valpolicella Ripasso Classico 2014,  83  --  G,  Veneto, Italy, #481838  $15.95*  (May)
  • Vieni Bruce Trail Red 2011 VQA Ontario, 82  --  G, Beamsville, Ontario, #452169  $ 12.95  (Apr)
  • Meandro Do Vale Meao 2012, 82NR  --  V,  Douro, Portugal,  #244731  $24.95  (Mar)
  • Hahn Pinot Noir Monterey Count 2014, 83a --  G, Soledad, California, #226555  $18.95  (Feb)
  • Cline Family Cellars Lodi Zinfandel 2013, 81a  --  G, Sonoma, California, #489278  $16.55  (Jan)
  • Forward Bold Malbec Cabernet 2015, 81NR  --  G, Pelee Island, Ontario*, #427351  $9.45*  (May)
  • Beronia Tempranillo Rioja 2012,  81NR  --  G, Rioja, Spain, #243055  $12.90  (May)
  • Gnarly Head Pinot Noir 2013, 80NR  --   G, Manteca, California, #358911  $14.95  (May)
  • Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, 80a  --  V, Geyserville, California, #308304  $15.95  (Jan)
  • Carmen Premier Reserva Carmenére 2015, NR*  --  O, Valle de Colchagua, Chile,  #Gift  $xx.xx  (Apr)

Saturday, June 04, 2016

June 2016 Wines - 14 Tasted of 14



Click image to Enlarge - Mosquitoes on the Horizon? No - Canada Geese

LINEUP:  Reds, Whites, Rosés and Bubblies:

  • Wakefield Promised Land Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 92c-3  -- G,  Auburn, South Australia, #358838  $14.95 
  • Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2014,  92-2  --  V,  Borja, Spain, #273748  $19.95
  • Valdemar Fincas Valdemacuco Roble 2012, 89-1  --  V, Ribera del Duero, Spain, #417683  $17.25 
  • Wakefield Promised Land Shiraz 2014, 87a (90c-2)  --  G, Auburn, South Australia, #441543  $14.95 
  • Dauvergne Ranvier Grand Vin Cotes du Rhone-Villages 2013, 87a  --  V,  Rhône, France, #436907  $18.95 
  • Ascheri Barbera d'Alba DOC 2013, 85a  --  G, Piedmont Italy, #219790 $16.15 


  • Oro de Castilla Verdejo 2014, 90-2  --  V, Rueda, Spain, #745562  $15.95
  • Charles Bove Vouvray 2014, 90-2  --  V,  Loire, France, #448563  $17.95
  • Tawse Sketches of Niagara Chardonnay 2012 VQA Niagara Peninsula, 88-1  --  V, Vineland, Ontario, #089037  $19.95
  • Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay Viognier 2014, 86  --  V, Valle de Uco, Argentina, #262097  $15.95
  • Secreto Patagonia Chardonnay 2012, 82  --  V, Patagonia, Argentina, #380055  $16.25 
  • Clay Station Unoaked Viognier 2014, 77NR  --  V, Lodi, California, #025411  $16.95 

  • Saint Clair Family Estate Premium Pinot Gris Rosé 2015, 90-2  --  V,  Marlborough, New Zealand, #451740  $16.95

  • Canella Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG 2014, 87-1  --  V, Veneto, Italy, #435503  $16.75 
        (V - Vintages, G - General, O - Other, r-v  - Rating-Value, a - aerated, c - cellar, 
NR - Not Recommended)
 
TASTINGS:

ASCHERI BARBERA D'ALBA DOC 2013, Piedmont Italy, 13.5% D  10g/L,  #219790 $16.15  (Tasted June 22, 2016)


A General listing. Reference: WineSearcher  My notes: A woody scented plum and cherry starting from the pop of the cork. The film is firm showing a finely crinkled rim that quickly runs a curtain of flowing tears. The initial sip starts silky smooth changing to a sustained bright cherry and a pronounced tannic dryness. The finish continues gradually evolving to a lighter version of itself. Aerating softens the tannin to improve solo sipping and is recommended. Serve with tomato pastas with chorizo pieces or ground pork/lamb/beef. At peak or just past - a dry medium-bodied red. 85a
 
WAKEFIELD PROMISED LAND CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014 , Auburn, South Australia,  13.5%  XD  5g/L,  #358838  $14.95  (Tasted June 30, 2016)


A General listing. My notes: Winner of many medals - gold, silver and bronze - at wine shows in many countries.  A fragrant blackberry edged with a warm touch of mushroom very evident on popping the cork and throughout a tasting. Lessens when chilled. The colour is a dark ruby running a dozen or so standalone legs from a thin rim. The first sip stings and broadens its intensity as it fills 'olfactory central' - long, bright and extra dry. Aerating brings out a softness that almost balances a parched finish. Pair with lamb or beef dishes. Still young and able to support several years cellaring. Follow cooling instructions (16oC-18oC on label)) for sipping although I preferred 18oC thru 20oC. 92c
 
WAKEFIELD  PROMISED LAND SHIRAZ 2014 , Auburn, South Australia, 13.5%  XD  6g/L,  #441543  $14.95  (Tasted June 14, 2015)


A General listing. My notes: There's a purple tingle to a deep ruby and a nose sensed when opened at arm's length. A firm film leaves a cascade of full tears that drain slowly. An intense brightness with penetrating tang makes a young sipper, warm and dry in the throat. Flavours of red cherries not fully ripe adds a cranberry edge.  I preferred aerating for a slightly milder swallow. Medium full carrying a roundness and the warmth of a long finish. Adds brightness to a meal of beef Wellington, Italian Shepherds Pie or grilled lamb. Open now if you prefer a bright young red (87a) or delay several years (90c-2)

DAUVERGNE RANVIER GRAND VIN COTES DU RHÔNE-VILLAGES 2013, Rhône, France, 14.5%  XD  5g/L,  #436907  $18.95  (Tasted June 8, 2016)


A Vintage release on April 2, 2016. Winner of gold at the Councours des Vins ORANGE in 2015.  Researcher: WineSearcher .  My notes:  Along with Mourvèdre, Grenache is one of my favourite blends. In 2008 I tasted several combinations of commercial wines with the objective of determining the effect of blending several varietals. Tastings are found at The Blending Game - Part 1 and Part 2 . Not to compare but rather a reminder this is a blend of grenache and shiraz. It has a viscous film that hangs heavy with a dozen tears drooping slowly to the meniscus. A frame of old wood supports the taste of black olives balanced with tart ripened cherry, dull plum and tannin. The colour is a deep ruby. A long finish starts extra dry then recedes quickly as fruit disappears while the tannin prevails.   Quaffing brings out a bright sipper - otherwise a meal red to pair with beef Wellington, savoury stroganoff or lamb stew. Aerating is recommended. 87a
 
ORO DE CASTILLA VERDEJO 2014, Rueda, Spain, 13.0% XD  4g/L,  #745562  $15.95  (Tasted June 10. 2016 )


 A Vintages release on May 14, 2016.  Reference: WineSearcher  My notes:  A pale yellow in the glass with a dry grassy aroma. Serve at 10oC quaffing regularly for its penetrating freshness and silky texture. A dry, pleasing aroma peaks at 12oC trailing off at 15oC - a sipper on the unusual side and an appealing white ready for grilled filets: cod, tilapia, halibut breaded with chips or fried onions. A swirl leaves long legs falling from a fragmented rim. Citrus and almond flavours are sustained while leaving a short but intense warmth. A sunny patio change-up paired with anchovy or garlic toasted nibbles. 90

VALDEMAR FINCAS VALDEMACUCO ROBLE 2012, Ribera del Duero, Spain, 13.5%  XD 5g/L, #417683  $17.25   (Tasted June 24, 2016)


Released Vintages on July 11, 2015. Rated 90 by Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (February 2015).  My notes: 100% Tempranillo aged 5 months in French oak. Deep purple with aromas of ripe black cherries, softened caramel and black tea that waft straight to the nose. Lovely! The film sticks delaying a single circle of tears and the first sip releases a penetrating acidity that quickly warms the nasal passages. Medium-bodied with a finish that's dry as chalk shedding most fruit to leave a prominent woodiness - quaffing can be sharp. For sipping, pair with Polish sausage or a tray of hard cheeses. Better to pair with well seasoned beef and similar game cuts in a peanut sauce. No touch of sweet here. 89

BORSAO TRES PICOS GARNACHA 2014,  Borja, Spain, 15%  D 7g/L, #273748  $19.95  (Tasted June 20, 2016)


Released by Vintages on May 28, 2016. Rated 91 by Thomas Matthews (March 31, 2016).  Reference: WineSearcher   My notes: The dark colour and high alcohol gives an expectation of bold and penetrating. However the aroma is a soft blackberry blueberry with a juicy edge. A sip shows a juicy berry blend with a touch of tannin to form an extra dry finish and balanced warmth. A firm film slowly thins through a dozen slow tears with only micro-drops remaining. Pair with a rich steak, a savoury stew or osso bucco. Aerating changes silk to velvet. A negative is a 1.5 lbs eco-unfriendly bottle.  92

SAINT CLAIR FAMILY ESTATE PREMIUM PINOT GRIS ROSÉ 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.0%  D  6g/L,  #451740  $16.95 (Tasted June 16, 2016)

Released by Vintages on May 28, 2016.  My notes:  A powder puff pink with sufficient viscosity to cling then release a stream of tears. The first sip has a pleasing dryness, a polite tang and slight chalk going into a long finish. There's also a suspicion of sweet to balance the acid retaining a brightness to flavours of apricot and, following the flavour, adding succulent stone. Pair with grilled chicken breast or artic Char and side of asparagus. A drink now as well as a meal companion. 90

TAWSE SKETCHES OF NIAGARA CHARDONNAY 2012 VQA Niagara Peninsula, Vineland, Ontario, 12.5% XD 12g/L,  #089037  $19.95  (Tasted June 21, 2016)


Released by Vintages on April 1, 2016. My notes:  A pale yellow leaving a thin veil hanging several slow tears then fragmenting as a spread of loose nodules. A sip finds an extra dry texture with a mild citrus flavour, a smooth fullness and long appealing finish. Pear and apricot adds to subtle citrus building for a long appealing finish. Crab or lobster pieces, mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce or pecan crusted cod/tilapia would pair well. OK now but could be a surprise cellar wine - try four years.   88

ZUCCARDI SERIE A CHARDONNAY VIOGNIER 2014, Valle de Uco, Argentina,  13.0%  XD  2g/L, #262097  $15.95  (Tasted June 13, 2106)


Released by Vintages on November 28, 2015.  Reference: WineSearcher My notes:  Zuccardi is big in Italy and now Argentina. A pale yellow laying a fragmenting rim slowly accumulating then dropping moderately fast legs. The fragrance leans to vegetable not showing a floral viognier. Very dry with mineral and some grassiness on the palate. If sipping keep chilled - better with salty nibbles. More of a thin meal white to pair with a seafood assortment, grilled served with a dipping sauce, or a chorizo pizza. 86
 
CHARLES BOVE VOUVRAY 2014, Loire, France, 11.5%  M  18g/L,  #448563  $17.95  (Tasted June 7, 2016)


Released by Vintages on May 28, 2016. My notes:  Has the look of Naples yellow with a clarity that glistens. Sweetness balances with tangy for an unctuous first sip then finishing dry on the tongue. A swirl lays a thin film fragmenting at the rim with spots left high on the glass. Tree fruit aromas on the apple/citrus side reinforces a tangy theme and a touch of Bosc pear. Interesting and flexible. Try with seafoods: battered fish and chips/onion rings. Bento box veggies and shrimp fingers, grilled lobster pieces. Short term cellaring isn't out of the question. Perfect for a summer patio do. 90


SECRETO PATAGÓNICO CHARDONNAY 2012, Patagonia, Argentina, 14.0%  XD  2g/L,  #380055  $16.25  (Tasted June 25, 2016)

Released by Vintages on November 28, 2015Reference WinesearcherMy notes: The colour is a brilliant yellow. At 10oC a fresh and distinct aroma of coconut and tangy butterscotch is an interesting intro to what is a bold sipper. Flavours are supplemented with chalk and unripe lemon slowing sipping to a crawl. Extremely bitter on the swallow then slowly fading leaving citrus and vanilla with a slight softness as a finish. Letting the temperature creep to 15oC finds some refuge. Have with shellfish and buttered pastas or Italian meats, stuffed mushrooms. Aerate or decant 30 minutes - and have a backup. 82

CANELLA CONEGLIANO VALDOBIADENE PROSECCO SUPERIORE DOCG 2014, Veneto, Italy, 11% XD 12g/L,  #435503  $16.75  (Tasted June 23, 2106)


Released by Vintages on February 20, 2016. Reference: WineSearcher . My notes: A shining mid yellow with a instant foam on pouring followed by a crescendo of lively bubbles. Just perceptible is a refreshing Gala apple. A sip senses a polite tang enjoyable but fades quickly riding on a tickling spritz. The finish is short as fruit and fragrance are muted to be prolonged by continued sips. Could be a celebratory toaster, with an oz. of grapefruit juice a wakeup call in the morning or indulge with fresh popped popcorn watching a sepia toned movie. A welcomed social mixer for an amorphous crowd. 87

CLAY STATION UNOAKED VIOGNIER 2014, Lodi, California, 13.5% D 8g/L, #025411  $16.95  (Tasted June 14, 2016)


Released by Vintages on April 2, 2016. Reference: WineSearcher. My notes: A mid yellow, crystal clear and, served at 10oC, having an indiscernible aroma. The film sits firmly on the glass before accumulating enough volume to release several slow tears. The first sip has a penetrating tang, a chalky texture and a mild peach fuzz flavour. The tang fades going into a moderate finish, medium-bodied character and, lacking substantive flavours, having little reward as a sipper. Loses appeal at 15oC, such that I can't pick a match as a meal white - tried with roast chicken and the bottle was discarded.  77NR