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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Here's that wine newsletter I was mentioning my neighbour puts out. Note the release date as it is sent prior to release of the wine to shelves. Feel free to get on the list.Cheers, Mary

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Dean Tudor, Wine Writer wrote:
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing
Creator of Canada's award-winning wine satire site at My Internet compendium
"Wines, Beers and Spirits of the Net" is a guide to thousands of news
items and RSS feeds, plus references to wines, beers and spirits, at since 1994. 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 a re-tasting.

======>>>> ** BEST WINE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20
Domaine Capmartin Vieilles Vignes Madiran 2009: a very nicely aged,
compact wine, 13.5% ABV. Lots of well-defined oak and smoke, best with
food. Lasting finish makes it. +290106, $15.95, QPR: 90.

======>>>> ** BEST WINE OF THE RELEASE *OVER* $20
Chateau de Beaucastel Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc 2011 Cotes du
Rhone, +48892, $33.95.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $20 or so.
1. Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling 2010 VQA Niagara: winner of an LG
Award for 2012, this wine shows good fruit and freshness, best as a
first course wine or as a sipper. Twist top. +89029, $17.95, QPR: 89.
2. Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Leyda Chile:
intense fruit-driven savvy, with many zesty herby overtones of leaves.
+663062, $16.95, QPR: 90.
3. Domaine Viticole de la Ville de Colmar Pinot Gris 2010 Alsace:
intense fruit, ripe, off-dry, concentrated PG flavours from Alsace for
MVC. Gold Medalist. 13.5% ABV. +295634, $17.95, QPR: 89.
4. Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Gewurztraminer 2010 Alsace: another
intense, off-dry Alsatian wine, another gold medalist, 13% ABV. Great
Gewurztraminer quality and taste. +928390, $18.95, QPR: 90.
5. Beauvignac Picpoul de Pinet 2011 Coteaux de Languedoc Sud de France:
good exciting lively citrus finish, best with food. Orchard fruit
tones. +350124, $12.95, QPR: 89.
6. Terredora Falanghina 2010 IGT Campania: a pretty wine from an
indigenous grape variety, useful for sipping or food, 13.5%. Lots of
body here. +642074, $14.95, QPR: 89.
TOP VALUE RED WINES under $20 or so.
1. Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 North Coast: a juicy California
cabernet, restaurant wine, MVC all the way, 13.5% ABV. What's not to
like? +181685, $19.95, PR: 89.
2. Korta Barrel Selection Reserve Petit Verdot 2010 Lontue Valley
Chile: a party wine or a dinner wine, 14% ABV, with some jamminess and
both red and black berries. Nicely balanced. +296608, $14.95, QPR: 89.
3. Chateau Bonnin Pichon 2008 Lussac St-Emilion: nicely aged Bordeaux,
13.5%, Gold Medalist – and affordable. +280008, $16.95, QPR: 89.
4. Mondo Castelforte Vinea Corvina 2009 IGT Veronese: berry-cherry,
feel-good food wine, nicely aged, 13.5% ABV. Value. +230649, $12.95,
QPR: 89.
5. Palacio de Sada Crianza 2008 Navarra: explosive garnacha tones of
plummy fruit, aged well already. +246736, $13.95, 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. Hidden Bench Felseck Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 VQA Beamsville Bench,
+276261, $38 retail.
2. Yabby Lake Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010 Mornington Peninsula
Victoria, +138628, $39.95.
3. Prinz von Hessen Johannisberger Klaus Riesling Spatlese 2001,
+295659, $21.95.
4. Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Sonoma County,
+943472, $85.95.
5. Fraser Gallop Cabernet/Merlot 2010 Margaret River, +283077, $29.95.
6. Bouchard Pere & Fils Cote de Beaune-Villages 2010, +714998, $24.95.
7. E. Guigal Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2006, +727503, $51.95.
8. Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, +288530, $24.95.
9. Masi Grandarella 2008 IGT Rosso delle Venezie Appaxximento, +606921,
10. Lan Gran Reserva 2004 Rioja, +928622, $27.95.
11. A. Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Reserva 2008 Ribera del Duero, +323345,

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