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Vintages March 19 release: some notes on modestly priced wines.

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Dean Tudor Mar 14, 2011 01:49 PM

TOP VALUE WHITES under $20
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1. Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2009 North Coast: a steady restaurant wine,
balanced with flavours of tropicality, wood and citric finish. Sipper
of food wine. +124867, $18.95, QPR: 90.
2. Lone Kauri Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Marlborough: great
expression, both ripe and unripe fruit, underbrush, herbs, and finish.
+138974, $14.95, QPR: 90.
3. Caves de la Tourangelle Grande Reserve Touraine 2009: Savvy value,
good depth and fine finish. +196733, $14.95, QPR: 89.
4. Studert-Prum Riesling Kabinett 2009 Mosel: good body, depth, well-
made off-dry. +970129, $18.95, QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $20 or so.
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1. Kacaba Proprietor’s Blend Cabernet 2005 VQA Niagara Escarpment: good
blend of both cabernets, merlot and syrah, 13% ABV. Well-tuned and
nicely aged. +223974, $143.95, QPR: 89.
2. Gnarly Head Gnarlier Head Sommer Vineyard Old Vine Zin 2006 Dry
Creek Valley: sweet on mid-palate, dry on finish. Loaded with
character. Whopping 15.5% ABV. +212795, $19.95, QPR: 90.
3. Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2006 Columbia Valley: a
restaurant wine, finely aged, ripe 13.5% ABV. +263418, $15.95, QPR: 89.
4. Chateau Bel Air 2008 Haut-Medoc: MVC decent Bordeaux with a dollop
of chocolate. Keep a year more. +199042, $16.95, QPR: 90.
5. Alfiere Rosso Merlot 2007 Friuli: tasty but tart finish needs food,
merlot complexity. 12.5% ABV. +204024, $16.95, QPR: 89.
6. Banfi Centine 2008 IGT Toscana: smooth, ready now, 13.5%. Affordable
SuperTuscan blend of sangiovese, cab sauv and merlot. +947440, $16.95,
QPR: 90.
7. Spiaggiole Morellino di Scansano 2008 Tuscany: very Italianate in
taste, affordable black and blue berries, long, long length after a
fruity palate. +203398, $15.95, QPR: 91.
8. Lealtanza Reserva Seleccion 2004 Rioja: and older treat, nicely
stewed fruit, 13.5% ABV. +208223, $17.95, QPR: 90.
9. Bod. Abanico Eternum Viti 2008 Toro: full and ripe, lots of vinous
activity on the palate, with complexity to be resolved on the finish.
+210963, $18.95, QPR: 90.

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    Blackham Mar 15, 2011 11:23 AM

    thanks for the recommendation, any suggestion for a portuguese wine?

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      Dean Tudor Mar 15, 2011 04:44 PM

      Not one tickled my palate.

      BUT do watch out for April 16: Quinta da Ponte Pedrinha 2006 Dao, 100% jaen grapes (called mencia in Spain). Deep and juicy, $15.95, +219188. It'll be one of my picks.

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