Friday, August 18, 2017

September 2017 wines

September 2017 wines – 14 tasted of 14

 South American Treasure Hunt 



Cheers, Ww


LINEUP:
Reds, Whites, Bubblies:
  • Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2015, 88-1 -- V, Uco Valley, Argentina, #167619 $16.95
  • Monte Zovo Sa’ Solin Ripasso Valpolicella 2014, 87 -- V, Veneto, Italy, #650713 $18.95
  • KWV Cathedral Cellar Shiraz 2014, 85  --  V, Western Cape, S. Africa,   #561142  $16.95
  • Sterling Vintner’s Merlot 2014, 84 -- G, California, USA, #622837 $16.15
  • Trapiche Pure Black Malbec Ltd. Ed. 2015,  83a --  G,  Mendosa, Argentina, #462861  $15.95
  • 19 Crimes Shiraz Durif 2014, 83a  --  G,  Victoria, Australia, #369777  $19.20

  • Rockway Vineyards Fergie Jenkins Limited Edition Riesling 2014 VQA Twenty Mile Bench,  91-3 --  V, Ste Catherines, Ontario, #485326  $13.25
  • The Foreign Affair Enchanted 2015 VQA Ontario, 90-2  --  V,  Vineland Station, Ontario, #389767  $17.95
  • Sterling Vintner’s Collection Chardonnay 2015, 90-1  --  G, California, USA, #669242 $16.15
  • Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 90-1  --  V, Marlborough, New Zealand,  #009142  $19.95
  • Penmara The White Ribbon Semillon 2016,  89-2  --  V,  Hunter Valley, Australia, #474031   $14.95 
  • Astrolabe Province Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 89-1 -- V, Marlborough, New Zealand, #010421 $19.95*
  • Marynissen Platinum Sauvignon Blanc 2014 VQA Niagara Lakeshore,  86 --  V,  Kasper Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario,  #472506  $18.25
  • Cave Spring Dolomite Riesling VQA Niagara Escarpment 2015, Jordan, Ontario,   85  --   #Winery  $Gift

(V - Vintages, G - General, O - Other, r-v  - Rating-Value, a - aerated, c - cellar, NR - Not Recommended)

TASTINGS:


ZUCCARDI SERIE A MALBEC 2015, Uco Valley, Argentina, 13.0% XD 2g/L, #167619 $16.95 (Tasted July 7, 2017)

Released by Vintages on May 13, 2017. My notes: Rated 90 by Tim Atkin, MW 2016. The colour is a rich plum shade appearing as full-bodied although a swirl shows a light film. The first sip is dry with a bright blackberry cranberry intensity on the throat. Aerating reduces or delays some of the brightness tho’ still extending as a long finish. Aerating is not required, nor recommended, if served soon after purchase. I miss the softness of mature grapes but appreciate the moderately ‘youthful fruit’. Pair with pepperoni pizza or, for a spicy touch, include chorizo sausage. Serve at ‘log cabin’ temperature. The finish has a pleasing warmth. 88


ASTROLABE PROVINCE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.0% D 4g.L, #010421 $19.95* (Tasted July 18, 2017)


A Vintages release on April 3, 2017. My notes: Normally priced at $22.95. *Reduced to $19.95 until July 16, 2017.  Grapefruit yellow with a tender grapefruit/lime aroma and having a rounded film followed by flowing tears. Consume early for fuller flavours and textures. Sharpness balances well with a touch of sweet and drying tannin for a long finish. Have with seafood, shell or fin, and fowl.  89


MONTE ZOVO SA' SOLIN RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA 2014, Veneto, Italy, 14.0%  D  10g/L,  #650713  $18.95   (Tasted July 14, 2017)

Released by Vintages on April 3, 2017. My notes: There’s a hint of charcoal in the dark cherry colouring and the nose has a soft cherry/plum scent complete with a slight acid. A sip displays more bite along with warm thin tannin residual. A dozen fast tears spread as a theatre stage curtain falls on closing, lights to floor. Airing has removed any herbal taint allow fruit to dominate a long finish. Sipping rather than quaffing keeps perspective on the natural elements – three years in the cellar has mellowed this to a basic red. Pair with meaty pizzas and firm cheeses. 87

ROCKWAY VINEYARDS FERGIE JENKINS LIMITED EDITION RIESLING 2014 Twenty Mile Bench, Ste Catherines, Ontario, 10%  M  23g/L, #485326 $13.25 (Tasted July 31, 2017)


A Vintages release on March 4, 2017. My notes:A light yellow with a hint of almond showing against a clear background. A mild pear scented to match and a crinkled rim hanging a fine film slowly receding to leave a clear glass. The first sip shows a finely balanced Riesling nicely tart still retaining a noticeable sweet Bosc pear and adding a delicate lime. Pair with seafood or fowl. Sipped, it has a luscious finish. We paired with chicken pieces sliced and covered with a creamy sauce on white rice. A value purchase. 91  

STERLING VINTNER'S COLLECTION CHARDONNAY 2015, California, USA, 13.5% XD 5g/L, #669242 $16.15 (Tasted July 18, 2017)



A General listing.  My notes: Best served chilled then allowed to show off its flavour and terroir. The colour is that of the flesh of a ripe pineapple. A touch of brine and flavours of mostly apple and lime combine for an interesting sipper. An underlying tannin strikes a balance for a long dry finish. Not expected as a kiwi one to expand the range available. Pair with any seafood, shell- or fin- or fowl. Should add a plus to a cellar collection for a few years. 90

THE FOREIGN AFFAIR ENCHANTED 2015 VQA Ontario, Vineland Station, Ontario, 11.8% M 23g/L, #389767 $17.95 (Tasted August 7, 2017)



Released by Vintages on June 24, 2017. My notes: Blending riesling with chardonnay and fermented ripasso style this Niagara white attains a class of its own. Enjoy as a sipper for its brightness, sensing a touch of sweet. Balanced nicely with a nudge of lime, and you may find a hint of Macintosh apple, to pair with coconut shrimp or seared scallops. An almond hue gives elegance in the right light. Trying with spring rolls wouldn’t be misplaced. Or with cod over a soft rice sided with asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto or side bacon. Luscious where extra dry is a contradiction – but could be true giving the long flavourful finish. And cellaring is a mystery – I’d say not given the pleasure of today. 90

MARYNISSEN PLATINUM SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014 VQA Niagara Lakeshore, Kasper Vineyards, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 12.6% XD 2g/L, #472506 $18.25 (Tasted July 26, 2017)


Released by Vintages on March 18, 2017. My notes: A sense of Ontario dandelion among fresh grass, bright as the colour is lasting. A light film displays on the glass fragmenting at the rim and flowing fast tears. The first sip attacks the palate with extra dry gooseberry, a cold climate variety. We served with reheated roast chicken and broiled turnip cubes. Sampling solo it tends to be tooth cleaner finishing on the pungent side. Pair with white fish seared in a tomato and caper sauce. Showed more body at 14oC.  86


PENMARA THE WHITE RIBBON SÉMILLON 2016, Hunter Valley, Australia, 10.5% XD 2g/L, #474031 $14.95 (Tasted July 21, 2017)

Released by Vintages on February 18, 2017. My notes: A pale gold with a well defined film releasing full tears, crystal clear. 
An aroma of fuzzy apricots subtle yet matched to the nose that reinforces the terroir and winemaker’s style. Definitely a popular sipper at a banquet… perhaps set aside a few for late arrivals. Have with a green salad side or shellfish hors d’oeuvre or repas on a shaded patio. Balanced acid and soft fruit this is near scrumptious. 89


STERLING VINTNER'S MERLOT 2014, 84 -- G, California, USA, #622837 $16.15  (Tasted July 21, 2017)

A General release.  My notes: A charcoal tainted ruby with a thin film showing negligible viscosity. The nose is non-intrusive but pleasantly cherry. The first swallow is bright, extra dry and having a cherry base. The second sip, a tad deeper, is demonstrably warmer. Sugar free with a tannin touch and staying power - definitely needing a nibble or two. Politely pick up a mushroom stuffed with bacon bits or two. The tang shows restraint and can contribute without overdoing the stay as it mellows out. Extend a bottle with grilled lamb or a beef steak. An economical dinner red and a drink now.  84

BABICH BLACK LABEL SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.0%  XD  2g/L,  #009142  $19.95  (Tasted August 11, 2017)

Release by Vintages on November 12, 2016.  My notes: Pleasing by sight, aroma, texture and flavour blend. The first sip highlights a papaya blend with good overall balance. There’s an unusual twist that evolves from the traditional tangy gooseberry that may take time to adjust. ‘Tropical’ adds a quiet fullness that carries through a long finish. Serve chilled with a shrimp ring, pineapple/ watermelon chunks, fruit cakes or sushi. A cool drink now. 90



KWV CATHEDRAL CELLAR SHIRAZ 2014, Western Cape, S. Africa, 14.0%  D  4g/L,  #561142   $16.95   (Tasted July 27, 2017)

Released by Vintages on July 8, 2017. My notes: A charcoal ruby that lays a viscous film fragmenting at the rim and releasing a few long slow legs. A warm blackberry aroma softened by the smoke of smouldering moss but having a pungent edge. The intensity shifts to high gear from the fist sip ending only when the palate has a brief recovery. Provide cheese nibbles to relieve much of the sharpness leaving only a woody texture. Pair with rare beef steak, Osso buco or a pizza layered with artichoke and chorizo slices. Cellaring could mellow however there’s a bitterness that may remain. Aerating did not help.  85   



CAVE SPRING DOLOMITE RIESLING 2015 VQA Niagara Escarpment, Jordan, Ontario, 11.5%  D  15g/L,  #Winery  $Gift from Winery  (Tasted July 24, 2017)


Gift of winery at their International Cool Climate Chardonny Celebration (i4C) event on July 22, 2017. My notes: Tasted a few times at earlier vintage levels this has the same gentle pouring but with less discernible ‘dolomite’. A delicate grapefruit colour and, when served at 10oC there’s no nose per se but a gentle chill of freshness. A swirl brings a fragile film with minute fracturing around the rim. A note of sweet touches the palate along with a balanced lime tang and a dryness that leaves its impression throughout a moderate finish. Citrus sherbert flavours develop as the temperature rises to 14oC, my preference, and the combination becomes unctuous. Pair with mild cheddar, salty crackers and selections from a mixed buffet. An ’enjoy now’ drink. 85

TRAPICHE PURE BLACK MALBEC LTD. ED. 2015, Mendosa, Argentina, 14.0%  XD  2g/L,  #462861  $15.95  (Tasted August 13, 2017)


A General listing and produced by Penaflor/Trapiche.  My notes:My notes: Gazing into the abyss… not quite… the deepest charcoal tinted ruby gives that appearance when peering into a freshly poured glass. The nose has a smooth plum scented aroma, a controlled tang and a viscosity shown by several trails of slow tears on the glass. The first sip has an essence of ripe plum filled with an earthy warmth. Delaying ten minutes for the initial tasting lets the initial bottle impact settle. Aeration balances an otherwise astringent rawness of a smooth finish. Partner with appetizers of stuffed mushrooms, bacon wrapped asparagus and entrées of grilled lamb chops or rubbed ribs. A meal red. 83a   



19 CRIMES SHIRAZ DURIF 2014, Victoria, Australia, 14.5% XD xg/L, #369777 $19.20 (Tasted August 14, 2017)


A General listing produced by Treasury Wine Estates. My notes: The first sip of an aerated sample gave a tart grab to the palate. Hot and dry with leather and dried blackberry leaves a firm sense before settling across my throat. A second and fuller sip prompted a reach for a toasted crisp. Letting the aerated portion breathe softened early sampling although partnering with grilled beef is recommended. Letting it breathe longer on opening, thirty minutes, makes this marginally palatable - unless you enjoy ‘rough and ready’. Try cellaring several years. A meal red. 83a



Tuesday, August 01, 2017

August 2017 wines

August 2017 wines - 15 tasted of 15

A Friendly Giant - 2010
LINEUP: Reds, Whites and Bubblies

  • Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2015,92-3 -- V, Clare/McLaren Valleys, Australia, #377036 $24.95
  • KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2013, 92-2 -- V, Coastal Region, South Africa, #403618 $25.75
  • D'Angelo Sacravite Basilicata 2013, 91-2 -- V, Basilicata, Italy, #440834 $15.95
  • Tommasi Arele Parziale Appassimento 2015, 89-2 -- V, Venezie, Italy #224188 $16.00*
  • Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec 2014, 88-1 -- V, Tupungato Valley, Argentina, #339788 $15.95
  • Maycas Del Limari Reserva Especial Pinot Noir 2014, 88 -- V, #469213 $19.95
  • Vina Marty Pirca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014, 86 -- V, Central Valley, Chile, #379156 $14.75
  • La Château Haut Peyraud 2012, 84 -- V, Bordeaux, France, #413948 $15.95
  • Farnese Soluna Terre Du Chieti Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, 84a -- V, Abruzzo, Italy, #477703 $15.95


  • Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 91-2 -- V, California, USA, #470641 $16.75
  • Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 89-2 -- V, Leyda Valley, Chile, #663062 $15.20
  • Hogue Riesling 2014, 89-2 -- V, Columbia Valley, Washington, #363291 $15.95
  • Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 87-1 -- V, San Antonio Valley, Chile, #347740 $15.95
  • Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2015 VQA Beamsville Bench, 87 -- V, Jordan, Ontario, #246579  $16.95

  • Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz 2012, 89-1 -- V, Marlborough, New Zealand, #381236 $24.00*

(V - Vintages, G - General, O - Other, r-v  - Rating-Value, a - aerated, c - cellar, 
NR - Not Recommended)



TASTINGS:

ZORZAL TERROIR ÚNICO MALBEC 2014, Tupungato Valley, Argentina, 13.8% XD 2g/L, #339788 $15.95 (Tasted July 12, 2017)


Released by Vintages on March 4, 2017.  My notes:  Luis Gutierrez  (robertparker.com) rated this 90 on August. 27, 

2015.  A hint of sweet from the first sip balances with a moderately tart cranberry/cherry/soft woody flavour and is a pleasing intro to a social get together. Bacon wrapped asparagus, double pepperoni pizza and Polish sausage with onions, mustard and relish layered liberally would be a compatible mating. The film runs wide tears quick to start then slowly accumulates. With the sugar now gone texture settles to a slight chalk matching softened berries for a moderate finish. This is a Malbec that proves to be both a value and a flexible dinner partner. A drink now.  88


MATETIC CORRALILLO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, San Antonio Valley, Chile, 13.5% XD 2g/L, #347740 $15.95 (Tasted July 1, 2017)


Released by Vintages on February 4, 2017.  My notes: A wine obtained from ‘sustainable farming’. The colour is a light grapefruit. Light-bodied and laying a thin film minutely fragmenting at the rim. Poured at 10oC then allowing a bouquet to build in a wide mouth glass there’s a freshly cut pepper showing with lemon. A refreshing tang prolongs the combination through a long extra dry finish that bursts with tang. On the way to 14oC a vegetative flavour builds depth and intensity prompting a visit to a nibble tray: rye slices spread with Morocco hummus, bacon wrapped asparagus spears and a variety of cheese crisps. It would be interesting to rate among a selection of equivalently priced chardonnays.  87


VIÑA MARTY PIRCA GRAN RESERVA CARMENÈRE 2014, Central Valley, Chile, 14.0% D 3g/L, #379156 $14.75 (Tasted July 28, 2017)

Released by Vintages on February 18, 2017.  My notes: A charcoal stained ruby lays a lacey veiled film on the glass. A delicate acid brightens a mild plum softened black cherry aroma. The first sip wets the appetite for more although its extra dry mildness slows the release of shy fruit. A soft finish still suits pairing with grilled ground beef or pork. We served with chorizo sausage on a bun with a healthy mixed green salad and I can see this pairing well with beef lover’s pizza – no pineapple please! Now aged to its limit makes this a drink now.  86


FARNESE SOLUNA TERRE DU CHIETI SANGIOVESE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015, Abruzzo, Italy, 12.5%  XD  13g/L,  #477703   $15.95  (Tasted August 5, 2017)

Released by Vintages on April 29, 2017. My notes: A black cherry colour with a warm plummy nose. A swirl runs full tears from a swollen rim slowing to a snail’s pace - a second swirl repeats the ritual. The first sip has a flat sting, is chalk textured against an otherwise bright end each lessened by aerating. Sip near a spread of stuffed mushrooms mushrooms or slices of pepperoni pizza, spaghetti and meaty meatballs/chorizo sausage. A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon both contributing an extra dry, woody bite. A drink now. 84



TOMMASI ARELE PARZIALE APPASSIMENTO 2015, Venezie, Italy, 13.0% D 8g/L, #224188 $16.00* (Tasted July 4, 2017)

Released by Vintages on June 10, 2017 promo priced from $19.95. My notes: A Corvina (70%) blend of Rondinella (10%), Oseleta (10%) and Merlot (10%). With Corvino, for full flavour, Rondinella to add volume and Merlot restraint and smoothness Arele is a flexible house red. The rich blackberry colour projects fullness, a sipper ready to pair with a variety of pasta dishes. The initial taste reveals an unexpected sweetness adding to sipping pleasure. This fades quickly as a tolerable bitterness combines with dark berries and long finish. There’s excellent balance providing universal appeal and, consequently, value. Cellaring could be another 3 years. 89


D'ANGELO SACRAVITE BASILICATA 2013, Basilicata, Italy, 13% D 2g/L, #440834 $15.95 (Tasted July 24, 2017)

Released by Vintages on May 27, 2017 . My notes: 100% Aglianico from southern Italy known for its potent reds. The film sticks then slowly recedes not mounded but each tear building as it drops. A deep black cherry conveys intensity with its penetrating bite yet has the smoothness of an elegant slow sipper. Extra dry, almost gritty, and building a warm fruity aftertaste. Pair with game beef or dark meat fowl. Four years in a cellar now with another few possible. 91

POMELO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, California, USA, 12.5% XD 2g/L, #470641 $16.75 (Tasted July 11, 2017)

Released by Vintages on October 1, 2016. My notes: A crystal yellow, deeply aromatic with blended caramel and lemon fumes. Serve well chilled to maintain a refreshing intensity while sipping. Quaff for an extra ‘kick’. A swirl coats the glass with a thin veil that rapidly falls showing a few broad tears. Some bitterness adds to the extra dry finish. Still appetizing at 14oC altho’ most of its charm has now gone and a grassiness has taken center stage. Share on a hot summer patio with a shrimp ring. Has enough tang to withstand an icecube. 91


KWV THE MENTORS SHIRAZ 2013, Coastal Region, South Africa, 13.5% XD 14.5%, #403618 $25.75 (Tasted July 9, 2017)

Released by Vintages on February 4, 2017.  My notes: A deep blackberry lays a moderate film that fragments at the rim and a steady tilt overflows a few wide streams. The texture has a balance of velvet and bright tartness – no sweet. There’s an element of sour cherry to paint the buds then a delicate acid. I found this a pleasing sipper having a fullness suitable for savoury stews -  a flexible dining partner. I wasn’t able to differentiate an aerated version. Extra dry with matching warmth and a tang makes for a notable first sip. Pleasing now and capable of cellaring several years.  92


HOGUE RIESLING 2014,  Columbia Valley, Washington, 11.8%  D 14g/L,  #363291   $15.95  (Tasted June 26, 2017)



Released by Vintages on April 29, 2017.  My notes: A Constellation Brands product. A combination of dry, sweet, lasting warmth topping medium bodied layers of acidic pineapple and delicate clover honey. Four grapes: Gewurztraminer (8%), Chenin Blanc (1%), Muscat/Canelli (1%), are blended with Riesling to produce an interesting sipper. Alsace it’s not – it’s Hogue. Serve chilled in a bucket to prolong a residual roundness with a sweet nip and drying mineral. Pair with a light buffet: garlic shrimp – coated or naked, seared scallops, chicken fingers or wings, etc. 89

WAKEFIELD JARAMAN SHIRAZ 2015, Clare/McLaren Valleys, Australia, 14.5% XD 4g/L, #377036 $24.95 (Tasted June 24, 2017)


Released by Vintages on June 10, 2017. My notes: A rich blackberry aroma warmed by alcohol fumes sets the frame for solo sipping or with buffet portions. A quick quaff stings politely and lays its drying fruit flavour on a welcoming palate. Winner of a gold medal with a rating of 91 (tastings.com October, 2016) the price alone warrants a special occasion/person. A medium-body viscosity is shown a firm film and slow legs. Pleasantly dry added to a long finish strikes a perfect balance with fruit and tang. At home with a rare sirloin, Osso Buco and other savoury treats. Perhaps a sale price will let us indulge. 92

KIM CRAWFORD SMALL PARCELS FIZZ 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand, 12% D 2g/L, #381236 $24.00* (Tasted July 15, 2017)


Released by Vintages on March 18, 2017. My notes: A Constellaton Brands winery this bottle is *promo priced down from $29.95. Bubbles fill the glass like a winter snowstorm and should win awards for sustained liveliness. Coloured a delicate peach with green apple flavours adding a mineral terroir this streams streams long after pouring. A bright sip bites the tongue while laying a soft bodied tang slowly settling to a moderate cream. Toast to the host then select from a host’s party favours to show your appreciation. 89


LUIS FELIPE EDWARDS GRAN RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile, 13.0%  XD  4g/L,  #663062   $15.20  (Tasted July 7, 2017)


Released by Vintages on October 1, 2016. My notes: A fresh aroma of green peas touched by clover honey, altho’ not sweet. The colour is a fresh yellow slightly tarnished. Served at 12oC the dryness wakes the senses then settles to a soft apricot – a pleasant sipper during these hot July days. The price encourages stocking a dozen for unexpected guests. A fragmenting film predicts this to be medium-bodied with an acid level suitable for quaffing. Pair with seafoods: fin or shell -- or a ham steak with a pineapple glaze. 89


CAVE SPRING ESTATE BOTTLED CHARDONNAY MUSQUÉ 2015 VQA Beamsville Bench, Jordan, Ontario, 13.5% D 2g/L,  #246579  $16.95  (Tasted July 4, 2017)


Released by Vintages on June 24, 2017. My notes: Rated 90 by David Lawrason (winealigh.com) on December 22, 2016. The colour of sunlit wheat. A film that coats then fragments slowly. The first sip dries exposing a slight vanilla, a Granny Smith flavour with an appealing roundness, no observable sweetness but a touch of tang. Have with apple pudding and butterscotch sorbet to satisfy the dessert in you. Save a chilled portion for a seafood spread – nothing tangy. 87



CHÂTEAU HAUT PEYRAUD 2012, Bordeaux, France, 13.0% XD 2g/L, #413948 $15.95 (Tasted August 2, 2017)

Released by Vintages on July 8, 2017.  My notes: The ruby colour has a woody charcoal accent. A swirl spreads a firm film sticking the rim until enough volume to release long tears. A plum scent with a slight acid adds a touch of brightness not to discourage or slow that first taste. Merlot (70%) softens this red while Cabernet Sauvignon lends the body and flavour of stewed currants. A fine tannin dries the palate preparing it for matching with grilled or ground beef cuts. Now aged to, or past,  peak I suggest putting a few in the cellar for future comparison with other low-priced Bordeaux. 84


MAYCAS DEL LIMARI RESERVA ESPECIAL PINOT NOIR 2014, Limari Valley, Chile, 14.0% XD 2g/L, #469213 $19.95 (Tasted August 6, 2017)

Released by Vintages on November 12, 2016. My notes: Tasted at Cave Spring vineyards in Jordan, Ontario at their i4CC event and this bottle purchased at the LCBO on returning. Rated 91 by Luis Gutierrez (robertparker.com) September 6. 2015. A blend of two grapes, one from San Julián in the south bank and Quebrada Seca in the north bank of the Limarí River. The colour is a dull ruby running a rim of fast tears. Out of the bottle this is a bright, medium-bodied sipper light in flavour and leaving moderate sour cherry fruit, a light velvet supported by a lasting and  enjoyable tang. This finish continues as a cleansing complement with a variety of entrees: herb marinated pork loin, veal scallopini or a pepperoni cheese pizza. Cellaring may soften with more fruit showing.  88