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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for MAY 16, 2020

WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES:  under/over $20 for MAY 16, 2020
By DEAN TUDOR, Gothic Epicures Writing 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 since 1994.
These notes for good wines available through  LCBO Vintages (on a bi-weekly basis)  can always be found at  or at 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 50 or so tasting samples usually provided to us in the LCBO lab on a fortnightly basis. This will go on until at least the June 13 release. 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 prior sampling.
Under $20
Sparkling+369074    BERNARD-MASSARD CUVÉE DE L'ÉCUSSON PINOT NOIR BRUT SPARKLING ROSÉ    Traditional method, Luxembourg        $19.95      MVC/QPR: 88
Rose+219840    CHÂTEAU BELLEVUE LA FORÊT ROSÉ    AP Fronton    2019    $14.95 MVC/QPR:  89
W+106831    ANNE DE LAWEISS COLLECTION PINOT GRIS    AC Alsace    2017    $19.95
W+369850    KIM CRAWFORD PINOT GRIS    Marlborough, South Island    2019    $19.95       MVC/QPR:  89
R+548867    CASA SANTOS LIMA COLOSSAL RESERVA    Vinho Regional Lisboa    2016    $15.95     MVC/QPR:  90
R+11454    CHÂTEAU LABESSE    AC Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux    2016    $17.95     MVC/QPR:  89
R+91660    NUGAN ESTATE COOKOOTHAMA DARLINGTON POINT CABERNET/MERLOT    New South Wales, Australia    2016    $17.95     MVC/QPR: 91
R+444703    MONTGRAS ANTU CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Sustainable, DO Maipo Valley    2017    $18.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+161141    PASO CREEK CABERNET SAUVIGNON    Paso Robles    2017  $19.95    MVC/QPR: 89
Over $20
Sparkling+227009    ANGELS GATE ARCHANGEL BRUT SPARKLING CHARDONNAY    Traditional method, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment 2014    $29.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+566026    CAVE SPRING CSV RIESLING    Cave Spring Vineyard, VQA Beamsville Bench, Niagara Escarpment    2017    $29.95     MVC/QPR: 90
W+418319    DUCKHORN CHARDONNAY    Napa Valley    2017    $49.95    MVC/QPR: 89
R+922054    TENUTE SILVIO NARDI BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO    DOCG     2013    $46.95    MVC/QPR:  89
R+12630    MUD HOUSE PINOT NOIR    Certified sustainable, Central Otago, South Island    2018    $24.95    MVC/QPR: 88
R+959338    RUTHERFORD HILL MERLOT    Napa Valley    2015    $39.95    MVC/QPR: 89
May we all have 2020 vision.

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