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Vintages March 5 release -- some notes

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TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $20 or so.
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1. Fog Head Highlands Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Monterey County Highland
Series: a restaurant-styled wine, initially floral then fruity, toasty
and vanilla finish. Off-dry on the mid-palate. More a sipper. 13.5%
ABV. +158568, $17.95, QPR: 90.
2. Amaral Cool Climate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Leyda Valley Chile:
minerality and citric tones (mainly lime, maybe rangpur as well) along
with modal character of grass and herbs, long long finish, fairly young
vines. 14.5% ABV. Gold Medalist. +48025, $14.95, QPR: 91.
3. Thelema Sutherland Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Elgin South Africa: some
floral quality, along with minerals and food-length finish. 13% ABV.
+203877, $13.95, QPR: 90.
4. Willy Gisselbrecht Tradition Pinot Gris 2008 Alsace: off-dry palate,
spicy body, dense, finishes dry. +641597, $16.95, QPR: 90.
5. Chateau de la Greffiere Macon-La Roche Vineuse 2009: ripe, dense,
mandarin orange flavours. 13% ABV. Gold Medalist. Bargain price.
+205898, $14.95, QPR: 90.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $20 or so.
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1. Tabali Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Limari Valley: concentrated
flavours, lovely development, great price. +58446, $14.95, QPR: 90.2. Cline Los Carneros Syrah 2006 Sonoma County: very spicy and
reminiscent of Northern Rhone, some age behind it at this point.
+955435, $17.95, QPR: 90
3. Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Maipo:
concentrated flavours of chocolate, pepper. A year in French oak. First
class cabernet sauvignon. 14.5% ABV. +684597, $15, QPR: 91.
4. Henry's Drive Pillar Box Reserve Shiraz 2008 Padthaway South
Australia: tight, lean, concentrated black fruit. Peppery and herby.
15% ABV. +90324, $19.95, QPR: 90.
5. Chateau Haut-Cantiroy 2008 Graves: good development, maturing
nicely, earthy, smooth finish. +205559, $17.95, QPR: 90.
6. Chateau Hyot 2006 Cotes de Castillon: red fruit, merlot-driven,
great price, 12.5% ABV, gold medalist. +63537, $14.95, QPR: 90.
7. Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition 2009 Costieres de Nimes: syrah
really comes through, tarry, anise, mocha, good price. 13.5% ABV.
+143099, $14.95, QPR: 90.
8. Vecchia Cantina Terre di Rubinoro Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006:
nicely aged, nicely done. It has been awhile since the LCBO has had a
modestly priced VNM. +206862, $17.95, QPR: 89.

VALUE: "RESTAURANT READY" or "BRING YOUR OWN WINE BOTTLE" over $20
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1. Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling 2008 VQA Vinemount Ridge
Niagara, +126433, $35.20 retail.
2. Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay 2007 Russian River Sonoma County,
+210039, $34.95.
3. Astrolabe Voyage Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough, +10421, $21.95.
4. Gautheron Chablis 2008, +207902, $22.95.
5. Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling Spatlese 2008 QmP Wehlener Sonnenuhr,
+197186, $21.95.
6. Ridge Santa Cruz Mountains Estate 2006, +89284, $44.95.
7. Rodney Strong Merlot 2006 Sonoma County, +497933, $22.95.
8. Calera Pinot Noir 2008 Central Coast, +933044, $32.95.
9. Two Hands Lily's Garden Shiraz 2008 McLaren Vale South Australia,
+683086, $54.95.
10. Selection Laurence Feraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2007, +211474,
$42.95.
11. Marques de Murrieta Finca Ygay Reserva 2005 Rioja, +209148, $24.95.

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  1. I picked up the Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition 2009...ridiculously good for the price IMO. If any of the "winos" have a glass I'm interested to know their opinion.

    1. I've had that Charles Baker Riesling and loved it, for whatever that's worth.

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      1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

        Hmm - not a good sign - it was first released last october - same vintage, same product code, slightly cheaper price $35.00.
        One of the better rieslings - and FAR superior to the 2007.

        Has anyone compared side-by-side with the Stratus?

        1. re: estufarian

          Not a good sign - meaning it's not selling well?

          1. re: Apprentice

            Originally offered in Classics Catalogue - now on 'general release' - in the past has signified that it didn't sell. I bought mine direct (at Stratus).