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Tuesday, October 25, 2011


By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing
Creator of Canada's award-winning wine satire site at 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 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 normally available
for re-tasting from another bottle.
TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $20 or so.
1.Stoney Ridge Kasper Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Niagara: with only
11.6% ABV, this is a sensible MVC savvy with good value attached. Full
of orchard fruit, citric tones, and that tart finish for food. +513705,
$16.95, QPR: 90.
2.Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling 2010 Niagara: 10% ABV and the off-
dry mode makes this Germanic in style, lot of precise fruit, citrus and
minerals. Hand harvested. +89029, $17.95, QPR: 89.
3.Trius Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2009 Niagara: overwhelming sense of
oak from the BF and BA, best with food. One for the woodies. +251470,
$18.95, QPR: 89.
4.Emiliana Natura Chardonnay 2011 Casablanca Valley: unoaked but very
good balance of fruit and acid, concentrated body and flavours, 14%
ABV. Organic. +61895, $15.95, QPR: 89.
5.Sol de Andes Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2009 Casablanca: wow,
unbeatable at this price, excellent, exceptionally long finish. Nicely
wooded. Buy it all!! +254326, $16.95, QPR: 93.
6.Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Blanc 2010 Costieres de Nimes:
concentrated, deep fruit, lovely floral and spicy finish, 13.5% ABV.
Also has a dollop of Viognier and Marsanne as well. +701094, $14.95,
QPR: 90.
7.Inama Vin Soave Classico 2009: more concentrated fruit and citrus
flavours, delicious, 12% ABV. +949768, $17.95, QPR: 89.
TOP VALUE RED WINES under $20 or so.
1.13th Street Red Palette 2010 Niagara: good red blend, with fruity
depth and a nice finish. +249458, $14.95, QPR: 89.
2.Concha y Toro Winemaker's Lot 54 Syrah 2008 Los Brujos Maule: very
good Rhone taste-alike, 14.5% ABV, exceptional quality that is both
delicious and affordable. +227496, $16.95, QPR: 90.
3.Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere 2007 Maipo:
deep, dark and delicious, great MVC for a near-bordeaux, 15% ABV.
+54502, $18.95, QPR: 89.
4.Domaine Rene Couly Chinon 2009: very cabby franky, 13% ABV, Gold
Medalist. +7286, $17.95, QPR: 89.
5.Lento Lamezia Riserva 2006 Calabria: much like a Bordeaux but using
local grapes magliocco, Greco nero, and nerello. Cedar and chocolate.
+972208, $19.95, QPR: 89.
6.Angelini Negroamaro Del Salento 2007 IGT Puglia: nicely aged, sharp
flavours on the finish good for food. Spices and dark fruit dominate.
14.5% ABV. +233874, $15.95, QPR: 89.
7.Salchetto Rosso di Montepulciano 2008: unoaked, fruity, ready sooner
than later in "new" style Rosso. 13.5% ABV. +165357, $17.95, QPR: 89.
8.Sabor Real Vinas Centenarias Tempranillo 2007 Toro: from older vines,
affordable, but tight, don't drink yet, needs time to become a great
wine. 14.5% ABV. +244772, $15, QPR: 89.
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.Hoopenburg Integer Chardonnay 2007 WO Stellenbosch, +174672, $21.95
2.Jean-Luc & Paul Aegerter Meursault 2009 Reserve Personelle, +244418,
3.Jean-Max Roger Cuvee G. C. Sancerre 2010, +189126, $25.95.
4.Zenato Sergio Zenato Lugana 2008, +928218, $26.95.
5.Chateau Vieux Sarpe 2006 St.Emilion Grand Cru, +943662, $34.95.
6.Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico 2008, +680496, $21.95.
7.Ornellaia Le Volte 2009 IGT Toscana, +964221, $29.95
8.Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2007, +356220, $349.95.
9.Miguel Torres Mas Borras Pinot Noir 2008 Penedes, +673483, $29.95.
10.Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva 2001 Rioja, +114454, $23.95.
Dean Tudor, Ryerson University Journalism Professor Emeritus
Treasurer, Wine Writers' Circle of Canada
Look it up and you'll remember it; screw it up and you'll never forget it.
Creator of Canada's award-winning wine satire site at

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