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Thursday, April 29, 2010

May 1/10: LCBO Vintages Release -- tasting notes

WORLD WINE WATCH (LCBO VINTAGES TIP SHEET) FOR MAY 1, 2010
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By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing deantudor@deantudor.com.
Creator of Canada's award-winning wine satire site at http://fauxvoixvincuisine.blogspot.com. My
"Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net Compendium" is a guide to
thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers
and spirits, at www.deantudor.com since 1995. My tastings are based on
MVC (Modal Varietal Character); ratings are QPR (Quality-to-Price
Ratio). Prices are LCBO retail. Only my top rated wines are here. NOTE:
The LCBO does NOT put out all of the wines of the release for wine
writers or product consultants. Corked wines are not available for re-
tasting.
 
TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $20 or so.
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1. Cave de Beblenheim Heimberger Les Origines Vieilles Vignes Riesling
2008 Alsace: thirty year old vines, good depth to Riesling intensity,
needs food. +168955, $17.95, QPR: 90.
2. Domaine du Pre Baron Sauvignon Touraine 2009 Loire: very herbaceous
and crisp good dry and zesty finish, food wine. +107128, $14.95, QPR:
90.
3. E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008: good price for detailed
sunshine, sip or food. +290296, $16.95, QPR: 89.
 
TOP VALUE RED WINES under $20 or so.
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1. Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel 2008 California: 15% ABV blockbuster,
some of the wine comes from 80 – 100 year old vines in Oakley.
Excellent value. +719211, $17.95, QPR: 90.
2. Zig Zag Zin Zinfandel 2007 Mendocino: time to light up with this
charmer, 14.5% ABV, good zin intensity right through past the finish.
+39982, $18.95, QPR: 90.
3. Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Maipo: classy and
suave cab, value priced, 14.5% ABV, snap it all up. +18721, $15.95,
QPR: 92.
4. Laurent Mabileu St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil 2008: very pronounced
cabernet franc character, developmentally positive, good finish.
+61192, $15.95, QPR: 90.
5. Domaine Montmartel Visan 2007 Cotes du Rhone-Villages: long enduring
finish, ready in a year. +130062, $15.95, QPR: 90.
6. Montinho Sao Miguel 2008 Alentejano Portugal: the cab shows through
in this appealing North American-styled wine. +114405, $12.95, QPR: 90.
7. Burgo Viejo Reserva 2001 Rioja: bargain priced value for this 8 year
old Rioja MVC, wood, and depth. +168823, $19.95, QPR: 90.
 
VALUE: "RESTAURANT READY" or "BRING YOUR OWN WINE BOTTLE" over $20
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Restaurants should consider offering these FINE VALUE wines at a $10
markup over retail; the wines are READY to enjoy right NOW. Consumers
should buy these wines to bring to restaurants with corkage programs.
 
1. La Crema Chardonnay 2007 Monterey, +158683, $29.95 retail.
2. Sigalas Santorini 2008 Greece, +74781, $21.95.
3. Edmeades Zinfandel 2007 Mendocino, +105924, $25.95.
4. Pikes Eastside Shiraz 2006 Clare Valley, +77891, $22.95.
5. Rosemount Traditional Show Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit
Verdot 2005 McLaren Vale, +484097, $34.95.
6. Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Vineyard Te Kahu 2007 Hawkes Bay,
+163584, $29.95. (Bordeaux blend)
7. Chateau LaRose-Trintaudon 2004 Haut-Medoc, +167437, $26.95.
8. Cuvee du Vatican Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007, $719120, $36.95.
9. Laurus Gigondas 2006, +163113, $24.95.
10. Marchesi di Barolo Barolo 2005, +168179, $38.95.
 
 
 

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