WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for MAY 16, 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 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.
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+536532 CANTINE DUE PALME SANGAETANO PRIMITIVO DI MANDURIA DOP 2018 $17.95 MVC/QPR: 89
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
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.