Friday, July 07, 2017

1. Summer 2017 wines


1. Summer 2017 wines - 11 Tasted of 15

Doc's Place
Cheers, Ww


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
  • 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
  • Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014,  83  --  G,  Maipo Valley, Chile,  #358309  $17.15
  • Vina Marty Pirca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014,  r-v  --  V, Central Valley, Chile,  #379156  $14.75
  • Farnese Soluna Terre Du Chieti Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2015,  r-v  --  V,  Abruzzo, Italy,  #477703   $15.95
  • D'Angelo Sacravite Basilicata 2013, r-v  --  V, Basilicata, Italy, #440834  $15.95
  • Château Haut Peyraud 2012,  r-v  --  V, Bordeaux, France, #413948  $15.95   

  • Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 91-2  --  V, California, USA,  #470641  $16.75
  • Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignonn 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
  • Frescobaldi di Pomino Bianco 2015, r-v  --  V,  Tuscany, Italy,  #065086  $19.95

  • 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 SB's.   87 

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


Released by Vintages on February 18, 2017.  My notes:

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

Released by Vintages on April 29, 2017.  My notes: 

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


Released by Vintages on May 27, 2017 .  My notes:  100% Aglianico.

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 more years. The empty weighs 1.4 lbs.  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

FRESCOBALDI CASTELLO DI POMINO POMINO BIANCO 2015,  Tuscany, Italy, 12.5%  XD  2g/L, #065086   $19.95  (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on  May 27, 2017.  My notes:  James Suckling rated this 92 (jamessuckling.com) September 5, 2016.


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 tbd)


Released by Vintages on March 18, 2017.  My notes: A Constellation Brands winery and *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. The empty weighs 1.75lbs. 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 a medium-bodied with an acid level suitable for quaffing. Pair with seafoods: fin or shell  -- or a ham steak with a pineapple glaze. 89  


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.The empty weighs 1.5lbs.  Cellar up to 3 years. 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 (winealign.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 ice cream 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 tbd)

Released by Vintages on July 8, 2017.  My notes:

CARMEN GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile, 14.0% XD xg/L, #358309 $17.15  (Tasted July 20, 2017)

A General listing. My notes: A blend intended for richness: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Carmenére, 3% Petite Verdot. There’s a touch of matchbook amongst the berries and plumbs that gives a call for more fruit. A twinge of sting draws focus at the first biting swallow and a ring of tears shows a firm viscosity from a swirl of the glass. The finish continues with the sharp and bold, too much so as it thins out an otherwise velvet character. An extra dry layer of tannin sticks to the gums as a sign off to the finish. Pair with all things beefy - best covered with a savoury sauce – such as The Keg rub over grilled beef or pork ribs. Consume soon (or use in the sauce).  83



Saturday, July 01, 2017

July 2017 wines

Red Skies over Erin
July 2017 wines – 15 tasted of 15

Cheers, Ww


LINEUP: Reds, Whites
    • Beringers Founders’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, 93-3 -- G, Napa, California, #534263 $15.05*
    • Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, 92-2 -- G, Maipo Valley, Chile, #358309 $17.15
    • Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2015, 91-2 -- V, Swartzland, South Africa, #595280 $15.95
    • Ardal Crianza Del Duero 2010, 85 -- V, Vendimia, Spain, #167601 $19.95
    • Burgo Viejo Crianza 2012, 79 -- V, Rioja, Spain, #168815 $15.95

    • Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016, 92-3 -- G, Marlborough, New Zealand, #277731 $14.90*
    • Toro de Piedra Grand Reserve Chardonnay, 91-2 -- V, Maule Valley, Chile, #417493 $16.00*
    • Beringer Founders’ Estate Pinot Grigio 2015, 90-2  --  G, Napa Valley, California,  #045641  $18.20
    • Beringer Main & Vine Pinot Grigio 2015,  91-3 California, USA,  #112995  $11.10
    • Muralhas de Moncao Vinho Verde 2015, 89-2 -- V, Portugal, #080374 $15.95045641
    • Pérez Cruz Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 88-1 -- V, Casablanca Valley, Chile, #462655 $14.95
    • Beringer Founders’ Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 87 -- G, Napa Valley, California, #407643 $18.20
    • BOya Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 85 -- V, Leyda Valley, Chile, #389726 $12.80*
    • Pepperwood Grove Pinto Grigio 2015, 84 -- G, Napa, California, #483305 $11.00*
    • Gray Fox Chardonnay 2015, 78 -- G, Livermore & Ripon, California, #614271 $8.65

TASTINGS:


BURGO VIEJO CRIANZA 2012, Rioja, Spain, 13.5% XD 2g/L, 168815 $15.95 (Tasted June 29, 2017)


Released by Vintages on December 10, 2016 . My notes: An 80% tempranillo 10% graciano blend rated 90 by Thomas Matthews  September 30, 2015. The colour is a dense charcoal ruby with a light aroma of earthy cedar for minimal appeal. A swirl leaves a thin film although when tilted a dozen tears scatter from the rim. Quaffing intensifies a dull black cherry fruit, extra dry with a bright attack lasting longer than its character warrants. Have with red and yellow pepper strips seared with dark soya and moderating double baked potatoes. Once cellared and quickly forgotten, until pulled from hiding by a merciless marketer.  79 

BERINGER FOUNDERS' ESTATE CABERNET

SAUVIGNON 2015, Napa, California, 13.8% D 19g/L, #534263 $15.05* (Tasted May 28, 2017)

A General listing reduced from $18.25* until April 23, 2017. My notes: The film swells as it settles dropping small tears. A warm tart nose encourages continued sipping, soft on the lips, medium-bodied and bright on the palate The fullness of the grape and heat from fermentation makes this an enjoyable social offering. Serve freely as a solo starter or as a companion to bacon wrapped scallops or similarly prepared cremini stuffed mushrooms – or pair with grilled sirloin tips/seared tenderloin and double baked potato smothered in dark gravy. My preference is to quaff experiencing the warmth of soft fruit: blackberries, blueberries edged with red cherries. Cellar several years sampling yearly.  93


PEPPERWOOD GROVE PINOT GRIGIO 2015, NAPA, California, 12.5% XD 2g/L, #483305 $11.00* (Tasted June 21, 2017)


A General listing reduced from $13.00 to $11.00* until May 21, 2017: My notes: The colour is a light grapefruit and spreads a thin film wrinkling at the crest before sliding down chasing a few tears. The aroma has a green pea accent unwilling to release too much varietal pleasure. A mild acid doesn't quite balance a noticeable sweetness adding a floral twist to lemon and lime. Interesting for its ability to parch the mouth while adding a glycerol touch to the lips. Serve with hard cheeses, Italian sliced meats and pepperoni pizza - keep chilled. A social sipper and, if quaffed, a refreshing constructed Pinot Grigio.  84 

TORO DE PIEDRA GRAND RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2014, Maule Valley, Chile, 14.0% D 2g/L, #417493 $19.95* (Tasted June 29, 2017)

Released by Vintages on November 2, 2016 reduced to $16.00.  My notes:  The nose is a refreshingly bright with a natural lemon grapefruit aroma. The first sip shows a fullness not expected as its glycerol touch adds an interesting fullness. A moderate film fragments at the rim and quickly recedes. The finish is long with a citrus sharpness wakenng the buds. Have with seafood grilled in butter on mounded rice, guinea hens baked with cranberries or sliced chicken breast.  Serve at 9oC and let its distinct heritage show on its way to 14oC.  91 

CARMEN GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016, Maipo Valley, Chile, 14.0% XD 2g/L, #358309 $17.15 (Tasted July 3, 2017)


A General listing.  My notes:   A deep plum shade to side with our pork and plum sauce supper. First the aerated then the non-aerated. No doubt my preference is natural out of the bottle, slightly fruitier and brighter in flavour and nose. Both lay a firm film dropping long fast legs then to coat mouth and tongue with smooth blackberries. Quaff to confirm reality. The year is 2016 but can outlast the decade with care. Pair with anything beefy whether a Beef Wellington, prime or a rib rack nicely rubbed and singed by licking flames. 92     

PETER YEALANDS SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOROUGH 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand, 13.0% XD 7g/L, #277731 $14.15* (Tasted June 13, 2017)


A General listing with price reduced from $16.15 until May 21, 2017. My notes:  A pale yellow poured while chilled and leaving a fine condensation on the glass. The film is delicate quickly leaving a heavily fragmented rim. A slight pineapple, slight grapefruit,  a nip of gooseberry fruit and lemon starts an enjoyable journey down the aroma path. A prominent tang stirs the buds to a long, smooth, refreshing sip as long tears are shed. The palate is cleansed then left to dry until the next sip/quaff. Wash away with a share of broiled chicken, pineapple pizza or cod on rice a la vodka. Buy and cellar or drink now – a value imho.  92 


PORCUPINE RIDGE SYRAH 2015, Swartzland, South Africa, 14.5% XD 2g/L, #595280 $15.95 (Tasted June 26, 2017)


A Vintages release on April 3, 2017. My notes: A product of the Boekenhoutskloof Winery.  Aerated for comparison there’s no change from non-aerated although the latter is my preference – a mystery? Both have a slight warmth and a garlic-cucumber nose airing quickly to soften first impressions. Has a solid ruby colour, clean and dense. Full-bodied, smooth, dry, steely edged finishing with a tart vanilla blackberry flavour draining through long slow tears. A stoic character for those that tolerate stoic. Pair with T-Bone, sirloin, chili con carne, or even salty game. Should cellar well. 91

ARDAL CRIANZA RIBERA DEL DUERO 2010, Vendimia, Spain, 14.0% XD 4g/L, #167601 $19.95 (Tasted June 27, 2017)


A Vintages release on December 10, 2016. My notes:  A Blend of Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon: Tempranillo for its brightness and the strength, often boldness, of Cabernet Sauvignon for red flexibility then a Spanish process. A crescent arch runs rapid tears not from lightness but from volume. Aerating softens the approach bringing an earthy black cherry forward – more earth than fruit. Chalk takes the day over a long finish. Pair with a variety of ‘The Keg’ coated beef. Or sip standing at a buffet of prosciutto wrapped blue cheese, grilled Polish sausage (mild) and pepperoni slices. Already seven years cellared another few may be optimistic - peaked at winning a Gold at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in 2013.  85

BOya SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016, Leyda Valley, Chile, 12.5% XD 3g/L, #389726  $12.80* (Tasted June 25, 2017)


Released by Vintages on January 7, 2017. Price reduced from $15.95. My notes: A pale grapefruit colour with a faint hint of spritz on loosening the cap. A thin film shows wrinkling at the rim. Dry as chalk from the first sip and leaving a sparse lemon/lime nose by itself. Interesting for a sauvignon blanc and to be paired rather than sipped solo. We served with grilled penne sized chicken slices and penne in a Monterey Jack sauce. Should do well with seared scallops/shrimp and white fish. Extra dry on the tongue, light and long. The empty weighs in at 1.4 lbs. 85

PÉREZ CRUZ RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 13.5 XD 2g/L, #462655 $14.95 (Tasted June 19, 2017)

Released by Vintages on March 18, 2017. My notes:  The nose is mineral in character, more vegetative than fruit or flower, with a soft acidity. The film shows a delicate viscosity setting up an arched veil krinkling at the edge. The taste has a refreshing bite and a lasting finish with a glycerol residual. If sipping, a cheese tray or mixed fruit pieces could balance nicely. A tasting session of  Sauvignon Blancs from various countries would illustrate interesting terroir differences. Or pair with seafood entrées, shell or fin. One could describe this as a ‘refreshing’. 88   

MURALHAS DE MONÇÃO VINHO VERDE 2015, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 12.5% XD 7g/L, #080374 $15.95 (Tasted June 4, 2017)


Released by Vintages on April 15, 2017. A blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura grapes. My notes: Crystal clear mid yellow with a delicate floral fragrance hardly noticeable unless sniffing with full attention to the aroma on pouring - a highly integrated texture and tangy chalk. A thin film glides over the glass and palate leaving streaks of warmth and lemon grapefruit. The nose has quickly adopted a muted mineral flavour, long and needing space to express itself. Tiny sips will show its full character - now’s the time to pair with seafood – mussels in a white wine and garlic sauce. Also, I imagine, squid or fresh oysters. Keep chilled throughout. 89


GRAY FOX CHARDONNAY 2015, Livermore & Ripon, California, 13.0% D 7g/L, #614271 $8.65 (Tasted June 7, 2017)

A General listing.  My notes:  There’s a glimmer of peach in a crystal clear pale yellow when held to the light. The nose has a likeness to Bosc pear with some appeal although a noticeable sweetness contradicts the fruit as it starts a long, almost cloying, finish. Swirling leaves a thin film quickly receding while showing  random cracks at the rim. Now shifts to short with waning flavours the start of a muted mineral taste. Keep chilled to sip or to pair with fresh berries in a custard -  citrus or vanilla. Not an entrée companion – perhaps with pineapple chunks and sliced ham pizza. 78


BERINGER FOUNDERS' ESTATE PINOT GRIGIO 2015, Napa Valley, California, 13.0%  XD  3g/L, #045641   $18.20  (Tasted July 6, 2017)

A General listing:  My notes: Four labels from Beringer are in this blog entry: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio (2) and Sauvignon Blanc. This has a sweet edge – a characteristic of Pinot Grigio, but in this case tangy and extra dry, fresh to the point of being rude. A thin film flows bitter wreaths on the glass before meeting the meniscus. A delicate nose complements the sweet grapefruit and pear flavour but it comes with a penetrating acid and long finish. Plan a few bottles for a summer patio party – include a dozen NZ savvies to see which go first. 90 


BERINGER FOUNDERS' ESTATE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Napa Valley, California, 13.5% XD 2g/L, #407643 18.20 (Tasted June 9, 2017)

A General listing. My notes: A medium golden that lays a moderate film running well developed tears while leaving interruptions along the rim. You can feel a sweet zest from the first sip, not of fermentation but of acid remnants. An indistinct fragrance leaves the sipper to his own imagination, from young skins and a distant cousin of gooseberry. There’s enough brightness to complement a spicy or savoury entrée - enough strength to balance pineapple pizza and chicken slices covered with a piquant sauce. Perhaps sufficient strength for an anchovy extra. Chill until served then provide a chilled carafe. A pleasing drink now. 87 


BERINGER MAIN & VINE PINOT GRIGIO 2015, California, USA, 12.5%  D  10g/L,  #112995  $11.10  (Tasted June 8, 2017)


A General listing. My notes: A slight bronze to a mid yellow clear and bright. A swirl lays a firm film that quickly sheds a ring of tears. A modest nose, tangy to the nostrils and bringing a brisk sensation of citrus as the main thread. Long, warm and sweet, medium-bodied. Have with mussels. Have with bacon wrapped scallops – and other grilled/seared shrimp. Or be venturous with mushrooms in a garlic sauce, sliced chicken breast stuffed with Monterey Jack cheese and a side of double baked potatoes. Extra body adds flexibility over the previous Beringer PG. 91