Greetings Fellow Tipplers,
It’s Thanksgiving time – one of our favourite holidays that’s always made better with lots of vino on the table. It just makes those gatherings all the more festive! The Vintages feature this weekend is “Sonoma Has It All” (their last release featured Thanksgiving and we were too busy to taste). Sonoma is the Napa Valley’s close competitor these days, seeing their wine industry mature and blossom. Unfortunately, so have the prices of their wines – making most of them ineligible for this list. Log onto www.Vintages.com, read all about them and then if you’re interested head to your nearest LCBO and pick one or more up … HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
383612 LA CHIARA GAVI DI GAVI 2013 (PIEDMONT, ITALY) $15.95
Fresh citrus, binned apple, stone, racy acidity, very well balanced.
302059 CAVE SPRING ESTATE BOTTLES GEWÜRZTRAMINER 2012 (BEAMSVILLE BENCH, NIAGARA PENINSULA) $17.95
Lychee, honeyed peach, refreshingly, zippy acidity are on order. Well done!
312900 CUATRO RAYAS VIÑEDOS CENTENARIOS VERDEJO 2012 (SPAIN) $17.95
Fresh and racy number emanating mineral, tangerine citrus notes and slight toasty notes.
310144 FANTINEL SANT’HELENA PINOT GRIGIO 2013 (FRIULI, ITALY) $19.95
Yellow plum, lemony acidity, clean and refreshing!
FERRATON PÈRE & FILS SAMORËNS CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2012 (RHÔNE) $14.95
Lush berry notes followed by a hint of licorice and black pepper. This wine is smooth and tastes way more expensive than it is! Score: 88-90 (Jeb Dunnick, www.erotbertparker.com)
681688 CHÂTEAU CROZE DE PYS PRESTIGE MALBEC CAHORS 2010 (SOUTHWEST, FRANCE) $17.95
Blueberry & coffee notes here along with hints of leather. It’s from S. France, a Malbec = big and bold.
382846 CHÂTEAU GOUBAU LA SOURCE 2010 (BORDEAUX) $19.95
We just love saying this name – “GooBow” – sounds pretty Podunk and it’s from Bordeaux no less! Despite the Chateau’s goofy sounding name (in Frenglish), this is a very tasty wine. Smooth, black fruit with well-balanced acidity and tannin. Score: 90 (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast)
383588 ROTLLAN TORRA AUTOR CRIANZA 2010 (SPAIN) $19.95
We both agreed that this smoldering stunner is the ultimate candle light wine! Dark berries, violet notes, dark chocolate and smoke lingering on a finish to boot! Smooth, sultry, sexy!
ALP Rose & Karen
PS – Don’t forget you can always find the Vintages Value List on www.cetoblog.com