WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for MARCH 20, 2021
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 100 or so biweekly released wines I have recently tasted since January 2020 or so, and I can comfortably recommend them based on this prior sampling.
Some New Wines Tasted Over the Past Fortnight ---
1.Gerard Bertrand Terroir An806 Corbieres 2018 $17.95 +394288 Vintages: In this Terroir Corbieres (from the Narbonne), Bertrand uses traditional fermentation for the grenache, syrah, and mourvedre. It is an appealing Rhonish G-S-M, with one-third of the blended wine aging in wood for nine months before bottling. Very firm with some very dark fruit leading on to the very full and ripe finish. Needs hearty food. 14.5% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
2.Parker Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Paso Robles $24.95 +17684 Vintages [wine of the month for April 17, 2021]: an affordable Cali-Cab, but only 5,000 cases made. Part of the Fess Parker winery unit, the US SRP is $17. Aged six months in all French oak resulting in typical cabby spicy mocha flavours, blackberry/plummy fruit (and with a leathery hint suggestive of syrah), vanilla finish. My wife said "yum", which is her description for a juicy palate. Changed for better complexity over time with stoppered exposure and a double decant. Smooth but dry with a long lingering finish: great with food. 14% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
3.Lazzara Rosato Secco NV VQA Ontario $17.95 +18248 LCBO Seasonal Rose April 1 release:
this is the Speck Brothers' rose version of the Lazzara Bianco Secco, which was made in the style of prosecco. It has the palest of pale "rose" colour and is incredibly fresh at this point. Off-dry but barely, with enough stuffing to wow my wife who loved it. Typical melange of cherry-berry flavours. Very well-priced. Stainless steel, Charmat process (but with very tiny mousse bubbles). 12% ABV. Quality/Price rating is 90-91 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
4.Three of Hearts Pinot Grigio 2020 VQA Niagara Peninsula $19.95 +20374 Vintages July 24, 2021 [currently at winery]: this is a highly competitive category, and Three of Hearts goes up very well against the other grigios in Ontario, especially with its slight yellow colour. Typical nuances include off-dry orchard fruit (peach, pear, apple) with some aromatic melon-ish overtones. It is refreshing on the mid-palate, finishing with slightly bitter citric notes. That makes it both a sipper and a food wine, suitable for a pre-prandial in the summer. There is some Ontario cranberry tartness and some melon sweetness, but also with some peach notes. Stainless steel all the way. Part of a team with Three of Hearts Rose (same bottle shape, same cork closure). 12.5% ABV. Is a sparkling pinot grigio coming? Quality/Price rating is 89 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures.
Sherry+542746 SÁNCHEZ ROMATE FINO PERDIDO SHERRY Spain $18.95 MVC/QPR: 91
Sparkler+485920 CHEVALIER MONOPOLE BRUT ROSÉ SPARKLING Traditional method, Burgundy $16.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+557165 HENRY OF PELHAM ESTATE RIESLING Sustainable, VQA Short Hills Bench, Niagara Escarpment 2019 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 91
W+206714 CHÂTEAU LA GRAVE D'ARZAC BLANC AC Graves 2019 $15.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+18252 GREEN LEAF ORGANIC RIESLING Qualitätswein 2019 $14.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+17264 LAPIS LUNA ZINFANDEL Pauli Ranch, Mendocino, North Coast 2018 $19.95
R+17534 FERROCINTO MAGLIOCCO TERRE DI COSENZA POLLINO DOC 2018 $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+723742 DI MAJO NORANTE CABERNET IGT Terra degli Osci 2018 $17.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Sparkler+256289 BENJAMIN BRIDGE NOVA 7 SPARKLING Nova Scotia 2020 $24.95
W+149302 FEATHERSTONE CANADIAN OAK CHARDONNAY VQA Niagara Peninsula 2018 $21.95 MVC/QPR: 91
W+733501 ALAIN GEOFFROY BEAUROY CHABLIS 1ER CRU AC 2018 $40.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+639641 QUAILS' GATE STEWART FAMILY RESERVE CHARDONNAY BC VQA Okanagan Valley 2017 $44.95 MVC/QPR: 89
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