This month’s release features Ontario wines and there are some interesting ones. I will also be stocking up on some sparkling for the upcoming holidays and there are a couple of good choices in this release. The November, December release offerings tend to get very pricey in anticipation of the holidays so these are looking even better.
The 2 wines of the month look to be very good value this month. There are usually fairly safe picks but this month speaks to me a bit more than usual!
The white is Flat Rock Riesling 2014, #43281 @ $16.95. I am a fan of Flat Rock wines and Ontario does some amazing Rieslings. Tasting notes on this one suggest ‘peach and exotic citrus, a tangy/fruity finish with well balance residual sugars and acidity.’
The Finca Villacreces Pruno 2013 #312140 @21.95 was scored 93 by Robert Parker Jr. Tasting notes offer superlative descriptors for the nose and mouth highlighting blueberry, black fruits, licorice, graphite, subtle oak. He calls it ‘stunning, simply over-delivering in so many different ways.’
Here is an exceptional value in my opinion. Monasterio de las Vinas San Josée de Aguraon Reserva 2008. #166579 $14.95
Tasting notes from Nadia Fournier of Winealign call it ‘not overly complex, but a very good and on point Reserva. Open and very pleasant with tannins softened by the years and scents of dried fruit and leather.’ We had the 2007 last year over the Christmas holidays with some late afternoon cheese and meat platters. It caught the attention of most of the wine tasting group and sent us off to track down the remaining stock. At this price I anticipate the ’08 will be a good solid, pleasant offering to go with light to medium fare.
Two sparklings caught my eye for value. As mentioned above, these might be my holiday sparklings this year.
Marchesi di Barolo Zagara Moscato D’Asti 2014
This sparkling traditionally gets ratings in the low 90s. The Zagara means orange blossoms in peidmontese dialect and is the signature of this offering along with notes peach, pear and apricot. The Food pairing suggestions are panacotta, custard and fruit desserts and chocolate. The wine maker’s notes say the sweetness is balanced by a refreshing acidity with a long, yet delicate finish.
Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava
#401216 Score 90 $17.95
Spain is known for its good value in the Cavas and this one appear to be no exception. Robert Parker Jr. calls it an excellent value for anyone looking for alternatives to French Champagne. His tasting notes talk of citrus, crushed rock and with currant notes calling it a ‘crisp, elegant, refreshing, zesty, dry sparkler.’
Fielding Unoaked Chardonnay 2015
This wine won Gold in the Unoaked Chardonnay category at the All Canadian Wine Championships for 2016. Tasting notes call it crisp with a mix of green apple, kiwi, melon, peach, bright and tart.
Kenwood Chardonnay 2014
#158790 Score 90 $18.95
This is good value for what sounds like a big, oaky California chardonnay (be warned if big oaky is not your style!). Tasting notes from tastings.com describe “Lively, toasty, oaky aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and baked apple with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body’.
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2014
#191593 Score 90 $19.95
Tastings.com are calling this exceptional, best buy, smooth and even sauvignon blanc with a snappy finish. They describe the nose as grapefruit, custard, pickled pepper and lemon chiffon. The palate is silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity with medium-long melon, lime, passionfruit, and wheatgrass finish.
Le Cirque Grenache Noir/Carignan/Syrah 2013
#277079 Score 90-92 $16.95
Reviews from various sources all agree this is a good value wine, drinking well right now with plummy and peppery notes, some tannins for mid-palate length. They all agree it is an easy to love, everyday drinking wine.
Les Darons 2014
#448464 Score 91-94 $17.95
Some reviewers have this in the 88-89 range so it might average out at 90 or so! All agree it is drinking well now. Jeb Dunnuck’s tasting notes speak of ‘thrilling notes of black and blue fruits, violets and peppery spice to go with a medium to full-bodied, elegant,seamless profile on the palate.’
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina 2013
#456152 Score 93 $21.95
Kerin O’Keefe of Wine Enthusiast describes aromas of rose, rushed violet, wild berry and a whiff of baking spices and a vibrant palate, focused and delivering juicy red cherry, raspberry, white pepper, cinnamon and dried herb.
Falesco Tellus Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
#454504 Score 92 $15.95
James Suckling calls this a balanced, yummy cab with silky cabernet, chocolate and currant aromas and an attractive currant, rosebush and almond aftertaste. With those descriptors at this price I think this is a ‘mulitple buy’.
Tenute del Cerro Manero 2013
#461855 Score 93 $17.95
James Suckling describes ‘aromas of flowers, lemon rind and dried cherries’ which I am having a bit of difficulty picturing. He also describes a full body, soft tannins and a savory finish. I did a bit more research and found that Steven Tanzer of International Wine Cellar also gave it a 93 score. So- my curiosity is up but by all accounts it looks like good value to drink now or hold.
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