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LCBO Vintages Feb 19 - what's good?

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Dean Tudor Feb 16, 2011 10:13 AM

These are some of my faves for under twenty bucks --

White -
1. Calamus Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Niagara: juicy, ripe, long finish.
Twist top. +210062, $13.95, QPR: 90.
2. Alamos Viognier 2010 Mendoza: plenty of orchard fruit and flowers
here, long fruity finish. +507830, $13.95, QPR: 90.
3. Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Casablanca Valley: ripe peachy
flavours come across with the citrus-herby zest. Sipper? Organic wine.
+211912, $12.95, QPR: 89.
4. Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough: zesty, balanced, long
finish, enjoyable Loire-ish wine. Sip or with food. Gold Medalist.
+686675, $15.95, QPR: 90.
5. Domaine Saint-Remy reserve Gewurztraminer 2008 Alsace: a climate-
change wine, with more off-dry MVC for the variety. Slight bitterish
finish, but dense and concentrated flavours and body. +61150, $18.95,
QPR: 91.
6. Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbes Riesling 2007 Alsace: long
riesling finish with good MVC. Delightful. Best with food. +981662,
$18.95, QPR: 89.

Red -
1. Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California: a rock-steady value
wine, hitting all the California cabby notes. +537597, $17.95, QPR: 89.
2. Michel Torino Don David Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Cafayate
Valley Mendoza: high quality cab sauvignon (black currants, vanilla,
pepper) at this price. +974428, $12.95, QPR: 89.
3. Cathedral Cellar Triptych 2007 WO Coast Region South Africa: a value
blend of Bordeaux varieties with syrah, aged in new oak (on the nose),
mocha, cassis, and eucalyptus. +53124, $16.95, QPR: 90.
4. Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres 2008 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages: 65
grenache/30 syrah/5 carignane blend, 14.5% ABV, off-dry finish. Late
winter BBQs?
5. Chateau Goudray Cuvee Excellence Rasteau 2009 Cotes du Rhone-
Villages: lovely black fruit from syrah and grenache, plums, smoke, and
the like. 14.5% ABV. Gold Medalist. +195032, $15.95, QPR: 90.
6. Louis Bernard Reserve de Bonpas Cotes du Rhone 2009: a G-S-M but
heavy syrah-inflected in flavours, 14% ABV. +194969, $13.95, QPR: 90.
7. Tommasi Poggio al Tufo Rompicollo 2008 IGT Maremma Toscana: lots of
black and dark flavours from berries and fruits, delicious length and
complexity. Italianate. +13755, $17.95, QPR: 90.
8. Herdade Paco do Conde 2007 Alentejano: lots of mocha but not off-dry
on mid-palate. Sip or food this treasure. +131821, $14.95, QPR: 90.

Over Twenty Bucks --

1. Lailey Vineyard Canadian Oak Chardonnay 2009 Niagara River, +225474,
$24.95
2. Davis Bynum Chardonnay 2007 Russian River Valley, +205815, $24.95.
3. Domaine Masson-Blondelet Villa Paulus Pouilly-Fume 2008, +702878,
$24.95.
4. Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Proprietors' Grand Reserve Shiraz
2006, +33241, $24.95.
5. Candor Lot 2 Zinfandel California, +133389, $21.95.
6. Christian Moueix Napanook 2007 Napa, +212357, $53.95.
7. Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz 2005, +528356,
$51.95.
8. Abbazia Barolo 2005, +189787, $28.95.
9. Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico 2006, +413179, $47.95.
10. Jean Leon Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Penedes, +401596, $28.95.

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    Dean Tudor Feb 18, 2011 06:36 AM

    Actually, there are better wines coming out on March 5 if you want to hold off...

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      Apprentice Feb 18, 2011 08:58 AM

      My favourite for the year, technically it was released Dec 11th, was the Anne Boecklin Gewurztraminer Reserve 2008.

      I'm going to try the Domaine Saint-Remy reserve Gewurztraminer 2008 Alsace from this week.

    2. syoung Feb 18, 2011 06:43 PM

      The Napanook is going to fly off the shelves most stores. The Yalumba is nice but not at that price and not as good as previous vintages at lesser price. Just popped the '07 Fortia Chateauneuf du Pape, nicely balanced medium bodied with enough complexity to celler or drink now. this is a very good CdP for $35. The '06 Zenato is a re-release, quite good but if you're looking Amarone the '06 Masi Costasera is about $9 cheaper and just as good.

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