WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for AUGUST 22, 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 Great ROSE Wines Tasted Over Summer, still available ---
These rose wines are either at the LCBO (CSPC given) or the winery or consignment/private order. Here are my personal faves; wines that I will actually buy. Scores are 91+ !!
**DEAN'S CHOICE BEST VALUE - Bodega Argento Argento Rose 2019 $10.95 +13245 Mendoza 85% syrah/malbec/cabernet franc, 14% pinot grigio 12.5% LCBO Seasonal Rose (92+)
**DEAN'S CHOICE BEST DOMESTIC – a tie! WITH The Foreign Affair Winery Amarosé 2019 $19.95 Vintages +388702 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir 12.2% July 25 (91)
and Flat Rock Cellars Pink Twisted 2019 $17.95 +39974 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer 11% LCBO (91)
**DEAN'S CHOICE BEST IMPORT - Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2019 $62.95 +491019 AOC COTES DE PROVENCE 13% LCBO Vintages 11-Jul-20 (93)
**** BEST ROSE WINES -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
Producer Product Name Vintage Price LCBO # Country Region Grape Varieties Alc. %
-Chateau d'Aqueria Tavel Rose 2019 $24.95 +319368 France Rhone Valley Grenache 13.5% LCBO Vintages
-Caves d'Esclans Whispering Angel Rose 2019 $62.95 +491019 France AOC COTES DE PROVENCE 13% LCBO Vintages 11-Jul-20
-Caves d'Esclans ROCK ANGEL 2019 $49.95 +491027 France AOC COTES DE PROVENCE 14% LCBO Vintages
-When Pigs Fly Rose 2018 $19.95 Ontario VQA Vinemount Ridge pinot noir Vieni Vineyard 13%
-Caves d'Esclans THE PALM BY WHISPERING ANGEL 2019 $24.95 +562595 France AOC COTEAUX D'AIX EN PROVENCE 13% LCBO Vintages
-AIX Rosé 2019 $24.95 +451906 France Provence Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault 13% LCBO Vintages
-Bieler Pere & Fils Sabine Rose 2018 $18.95 +867358 France Provence Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cab Sauv, Rolle 13% Consignment, always available P. Dandurand
-Faulkner Wines Jules Rose 2018 $19.99 NA France Provence Cinsault, Carignan, Cabernet Sauv, 12.5% Consignment, Always available Noble Estates Wines & Spirits
-Vignerons de Chusclan MAESTRAL ROSE 2019 $16.45 +15135 France IGP GARD Grenache,Syrah,Merlot 13.50% LCBO Vintages
-Frescobaldi Alie 2018 $22.95 +865147 Tuscany Syrah with a touch of Vermentino 12.5% Consignment, Always available Dandurand
-Sacred Hill Whitecliff Hawkes Bay Rose 2019 $14.95 +13297 New Zealand Hawkes Bay 12.5% LCBO
-Kim Crawford Rose 2019 $18.95 +650325 New Zealand Hawke's Bay 67% Merlot, 29.5% Sauvignon Blanc, 1.3% Pinot Gris, 1.2% Malbec, 0.7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.3% Cabernet Franc 13% LCBO
-Bodega Argento Argento Rose 2019 $10.95 +13245 Mendoza 85% syrah/malbec/cabernet franc, 14% pinot grigio 12.5% LCBO Seasonal Rose
-Charles Smith Wines Band of Roses 2018 $11 USD Washington State 12.5%
-Saintly The Good Rose 2019 $17.95 Niagara 12.5% Wine Rack
-Huff Estates Winery County Roads Rose 2019 $25 PEC (VQA PEC) Pinot Noir 12% Winery/Online
-The Foreign Affair Winery Amarosé 2019 $18.95 Vintages +388702 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir 12.2% LCBO by July 25
-Flat Rock Cellars Pink Twisted 2019 $17.95 +39974 Niagara Peninsula Pinot Noir, Gamay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer 11% LCBO
-Gerard Bertrand Hampton Water 2019 $29.95 +667337 Languedoc syrah, cinsault, mourvedre,grenache 14% LCBO Vintages 2020-07-11
-UP Ultimate Provence Rose 2019 $27.95 +14833 Provence grenache, cinsault, syrah, rolle 12.5% Vintages
W+328559 CATHEDRAL CELLAR CHARDONNAY WO Western Cape KWV 2016 $17.95
W+650275 JACKSON-TRIGGS RESERVE SPARKLING MOSCATO Charmat method, VQA Ontario 2019 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+341586 FEATHERSTONE FOUR FEATHERS VQA Niagara Peninsula 2019 $14.95 MVC/QPR: 90
W+958736 MUGA BARREL FERMENTED WHITE DOCa Rioja 2018 $17.95 MVC/QPR: 91
R+328567 CATHEDRAL CELLAR CABERNET SAUVIGNON WO Western Cape KWV $15.95 MVC/QPR: 90
R+272575 GÉRARD BERTRAND GRAND TERROIR TAUTAVEL AP Côtes du Roussillon-Villages 2018 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 90
R+15977 PLANTAGENET LIONS' CIRCLE SHIRAZ Great Southern, Western Australia 2017 $17.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+268342 HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE CHARDONNAY VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment $21.95 MVC/QPR: 92
R+382325 RODNEY STRONG RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Sonoma County 2015 $69.95 MVC/QPR: 91
R+297945 CHÂTEAU LAROSE-TRINTAUDON Cru Bourgeois, AC Haut-Médoc 2009 $30.95 MVC/QPR: 92
W+378570 SPERLING VISION SERIES CHARDONNAY BC VQA Okanagan Valley 2017 $34.95 MVC/QPR: 92
R+976662 FAUSTINO I GRAN RESERVA DOCa Rioja 2008 $31.95 MVC/QPR: 91
May we all have 2020 vision.