WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for SEPTEMBER 5, 2020
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing email@example.com. My "Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net", a guide to thousands of news items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, has been at http://www.deantudor.com since 1994.
These notes for good wines available through LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis) can always be found at http://www.gothicepicures.blogspot.ca or at http://www.deantudor.com No winery can buy their way into – or out of – this publication.
Scores are a combination of MVC (Modal Varietal Character, e.g. a Southern Rhone would taste like a Southern Rhone) and QPR (Quality/Price Ratio value in the marketplace above or below its price).
Currently, the wine media have no access to the tasting samples usually provided to us in the LCBO lab on a fortnightly basis. This will go on or some time. HOWEVER, the wine media will still have access to the advance spreadsheet of the wines to be released. So I know what is to be released and when. SOME (but not many) of these wines I have recently tasted since January 2020 or so, and I can comfortably recommend them based on this prior sampling.
SOME RECENT SPARKLING ROSE WINES TASTED --
Wines are either at the LCBO (CSPC given) or the winery. Wines are arranged randomly.
**DEAN'S CHOICE "best sparkling wine" was Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Brut Rose Champagne NV $99.95 +158550 (personal rating of 93-94).
**DEAN'S CHOICE "best sparkling wine value" was Colio Estate Wines Lily Sparkling Rosé NV $17.95 +536565 VQA Ontario (92)
I did not rate Leitz Eins-Zwei-Zero NV Rheingau Pinot Noir Sparkling $12.95 LCBO +12549 as it has no alcohol, but it certainly tastes magnificent for 0% ABV, and of course it is in a category by itself.
Producer Product Name Vintage Price LCBO # Country Region Grape Varieties Alc. %
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Laurent-Perrier Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Brut Rose NV $99.95 +158550 Champagne Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier 12% LCBO Vintage Essentials
-Huff Estates Winery Cuvee Janine Rose 2017 $30 +405035 Canada PEC (VQA PEC) Pinot Noir 12.5% Winery/Online
-Chateau des Charmes Rose Sparkling 2014 $34.95 Canada Niagara Pinot Noir & Chardonnay 12% Online, Winery
-Colio Estate Wines Lily Sparkling Rosé N/A $17.95 +536565 Canada VQA Ontario 90% Riesling 10% Cabernet Franc 12% LCBO Year Round
-Gruet Sparkling Brut Rose NV Method Champenoise New Mexico $26.95 +15686 pinot noir 12% Vintages
-Flat Rock Cellars Crowned Sparkling Brut 2015 $45.00 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir 12% Winery Only New Release
-Bottega Spa Bottega Vino Dei Poeti Brut Rose NV $14.95 +277202 Italy Veneto Pinot Nero 11.5% LCBO
W+68015 FLAT ROCK UNPLUGGED CHARDONNAY Certified sustainable, VQA Niagara Peninsula 2019 $17.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+557165 HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE RIESLING Certified sustainable, VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment 2019 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 90
W+225557 ERADUS SAUVIGNON BLANC Awatere Valley, Marlborough, South Island 2019 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+15614 REMY PANNIER VOUVRAY AC 2018 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+168708 FERRATON PÈRE & FILS SAMORËNS CÔTES DU RHÔNE AC 2018 $16.95 MVC/QPR: 92
R+323741 ROBERT OATLEY SIGNATURE SERIES CABERNET SAUVIGNON Margaret River, Western Australia 2018 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Rose+117861 FEATHERSTONE ROSÉ Sur lie, VQA Niagara Peninsula 2019 $15.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+258186 ROBERT MONDAVI RESERVE CHARDONNAY Carneros, Napa Valley 2017 $61.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+520403 BACHELDER WISMER WINGFIELD OUEST VINEYARD CHARDONNAY VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment 2017 $47.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+157347 ENRICO SERAFINO BARBARESCO DOCG 2016 $29.95 MVC/QPR: 90
R+15084 SARTORI RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA SUPERIORE 120th anniversary bottling, DOC 2015 $29.95 MVC/QPR: 91
R+719211 CLINE ANCIENT VINES ZINFANDEL Contra Costa County 2017 $26.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+127712 FERRATON PÈRE & FILS LA MATINIÈRE CROZES-HERMITAGE AC 2017 $26.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Sparkling+460865 CAVE DE LUGNY BRUT BLANC DE BLANCS CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE Traditional method, AC, Burgundy, France $22.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Port+216424 POÇAS COLHEITA PORT DOP Douro, Portugal 2003 $45.95 MVC/QPR: 89
May we all have 2020 vision.