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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Some recently tasted new wines.

1.Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2007, $15.95 General List LCBO,
+219808: 100% sangiovese, 13% ABV, French oak aging for almost half a
year. A ripe year lead to a plumy deep darkness, along with riper that
average cherry tones. Not a Modal Varietal Characteristic, but
extremely useful for the North American palate
2. Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico 2007 Riserva, $22.95 Vintages
June 11/11, +216309: 95% sangiovese and 5% merlot, 14% ABV, French oak
aging in various sizes for 16 or so months. A bit overthetop with added
leathery tones, very prominent oak notes of spices and cream, great
structure, better with food. And better in two years.
3. Beringer Founders' Estate Sauvignon Blanc California 2009, $17.95
Vintages +31815: 13.9% ABV, cork finish (for restaurant trade?),
typical California MVC of softer savvy. Central Coast and Delta
vineyards were used; hence the wider appellation. Expect some stone
fruit, citric tones, and refreshing acidity. Either sip or with food.
4. Beringer Founders' Estate Syrah 2009, $19.95 Vintages +919654: 13.9%
ABV, cork finish (for restaurant trade?), aged in older US oak, some
petite syrah added to the final blend. Coastal vineyards used. Expect
toasted oak and black fruit in a definite ripe "Rhone tone". Some
spices from the wood.
5. Penfolds Bin 128 Coonawarra Shiraz 2008, $34.95 Vintages Aug 20
+509919: 14.5% ABV, matured in French oak, first vintage in 1962
(unbroken for 49 years), lots of hot-jammy-sweet black fruit overlaid
with spice and eucalyptus tones. Lay it down a few more years.
6. Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz 2008 McLaren Vale, $35 LCBO General
List +390872: 15% ABV, twist top, barrel fermentation and 18 months of
barrel aging in both new and used French and US oak. The wine used to
be a blend from several different regions, but now it is all McLaren
fruit. Mocha tones, black fruits, long long finish. Could age at least
one more year, and keep for ten years.

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