WORLD WINE WATCH TOP WINES AT VINTAGES: under/over $20 for MARCH 18, 2023 release.
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 for 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 I Tasted --
The Event: Mediterranean Aperitivo
The Venue: EATALY Bloor and Bay
The Target Audience: wine and food writers
The Availability/Catalogue: in this context, only the specific Vermouth di Torino was available in Ontario. Dan Rabinovitch of Azureau Wines spoke on behalf of the vermouths.
The Quote/Background: MAP (Mediterranean Aperitivo) is an information campaign on PGI and PDO, EU terms for protecting names and geographic origins. Here the seminar was on Vermouth di Torino (PGI), Pecorino Toscano (PDO), Amalfi Lemons (PGI), and Greek olives. The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) is a higher standard than PGI(Protected Geographic Indication).
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Extra Dry Ricetta Piemontese 500mL 17%ABV $40 consignment Azureau
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino Ricetta Originale 16%ABV $30 consignment Azureau
[moscato & botanicals] off-dry
-Bordiga Storica Ricetta 15%ABV +14771076 [nebbiolo]
-Berto Antico Opificio Rosso Vermouth di Torino 17%ABV [traditional style with white wine, spices, sugar and added alcohol]
The Food: pecorino toscano, amalfi lemon peel, olives
The Downside: there was a zoom connection of simultaneous tasting with NYC, but it eventually degraded and we cut out.
The Upside: Dan filled in with tasting notes on the vermouths.
The Contact Person: www.mediterraneanaperitivo.com firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 80
*** Some Recommended Wines from the LCBO's Limited Time Offers selections...these are good value...on sale through Sunday March 26th......
R+660241 Bonanza California Cabernet Sauvignon, normally $27.95, save $3.00, LTO sale $24.95
R+595280 Porcupine Ridge Syrah, normally $16.95, save $3.00, LTO sale $13.95
R+954834 Rodney Strong Pinot Noir Russian River, normally $29.95, save $3.00, LTO sale $26.95
W+608653 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay Russian River Ranches, normally $29.95, save $5.00, LTO sale $24.95
W+38117 Vineland Riesling Elevation St Urban VQA, normally $22.95, save $3, LTO sale $19.95
Fizz+215814 Codorniu Brut Clasico Cava, normally $15.45, save $2.50, LTO sale $12.95
MARCH 18 MAJOR THEME: Pinot Noir from Around the World
Wines Under $20
W+446088 NOMAD SAUVIGNON BLANC 2021 VQA Niagara Lakeshore, Niagara Peninsula Hinterbrook Estate Winery $17.95 MVC/QPR: 89
W+190454 MUD HOUSE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2022 New Zealand Marlborough Sustainable, Marlborough, South Island $19.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+983742 L.A. CETTO PETITE SIRAH 2020 Mexico Baja California Guadalupe Valley, Baja California $14.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+28086 ALTA-YARÍ RESERVA MALBEC 2020 Argentina Mendoza Gualtallary, Valle de Uco, Mendoza $18.95 MVC/QPR: 89
R+12281 CHÂTEAU DE RIBEBON 2019 AC Bordeaux Supérieur Alain Aubert, prop. $16.95 MVC/QPR: 91
R+548560 ALICE VIEIRA DE SOUSA RESERVE RED 2020 Douro DOC $18.95 MVC/QPR: 90
Fortified+515965 BODEGAS BARBADILLO PASTORA MANZANILLA PASADA Sanlucar de Barrameda Unfiltered, DO Manzanilla $16.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Wines Over $20
W+16059 BACHELDER LES VILLAGES-BENCH CHARDONNAY 2020 VQA Niagara Escarpment $34.95 MVC/QPR: 89.
W+82255 ROGER & DIDIER RAIMBAULT SANCERRE 2021 Loire $34.95 MVC/QPR: 90
W+149302 FEATHERSTONE CANADIAN OAK CHARDONNAY 2021 VQA Ontario $24.95 MVC/QPR: 90
W+733501 ALAIN GEOFFROY BEAUROY CHABLIS 1ER CRU 2020 $39.95 MVC/QPR: 89.
R+427500 WESTCOTT ESTATE PINOT NOIR 2019 VQA Vinemount Ridge, Niagara Peninsula $31.95 MVC/QPR: 90
R+4564 LE CLOS JORDANNE LE GRAND CLOS PINOT NOIR 2020 QA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Escarpment $49.95 MVC/QPR: 89.
R+22977 DOMAINE QUEYLUS RÉSERVE DU DOMAINE PINOT NOIR 2018 VQA Niagara Peninsula $49.95 MVC/QPR: 89.
Fizz+206326 BLUE MOUNTAIN GOLD LABEL BRUT SPARKLING Traditional method, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia BCVQA $34.95 MVC/QPR: 90
Fizz+31538 GRUET SAUVAGE SPARKLING ROSÉ New Mexico Traditional method $29.95
Fizz+369066 BAILLY-LAPIERRE CHARDONNAY BRUT CRÉMANT DE BOURGOGNE Traditional method, AC, Burgundy, France $24.95 MVC/QPR: 89
Dean Tudor, Prof Emeritus T'karonto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) School of JournalismTreasurer of Wine Writers' Circle of Canada http://www.deantudor.com
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