Greetings Fellow Tipplers
Hurray, it’s May! We Canadians are getting primed for the warmer weather – hopefully no socks this casual Friday, eh? Rose and I had a blast tasting this release. Lot of interesting and mainstream picks. Vintages is showcasing Kiwi wine and “Next-Generation German” wines.
Next-generation is in reference to the sons of established German winemakers taking over for the family business. These young Germans are making some tasty wines, BUT our recommendations come with a warning – we may have been swayed by the German “hunk” factor as there were pictures of them in the Vintages release catalogue. Go on www.vintages.com to check them out.
413930 Sander Pinot Blanc Trocken 2013 (Pfalz, Germany) $15.95
Smooth, minerally, unctuous. High hunk factor!
408625 Opawa Pinot Gris 2014 (Marlborough, S. Island, NZ) $24.95) $16.95
Quite a good deal and quite modern in its approach. Lovely, crisp and fresh with good length.
409730 Runkel Pinot Blanc 2013 (Rheinhessen, Germany) $17.95
Good wine here. Floral, a touch of sweetness yet crisp and zippy. Good appetizer white …
409698 Markus Molitor Haus Klosterberg Riesling 2013 (Model, Germany) $20.95
Look for citrus and herbaceous notes up front with a delightful canned peach finish. Low “hunk factor” therefore, an unbiased review!!
411603 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Marlborough, S. Island, NZ) $24.95
This Kiwi sauv. blanc has quite a complex flavour profile. Lots of herbs, mineral and citrus elements with a penetrating seam of pink grapefruit. Above average and not your usual asparagus/grass bomb.
207274 C.H. Berres Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2012 (Mosel, Germany) $24.95
Floral, slightly sweet and 9.5% alcohol. Lovely, well made. Good job Herr Berres!
717959 LEONE DE CASTRIS MAIANA SALICE SALENTINO 2013 $14.95
Ripe berries and cherry flavors, spice and some earthy tones. Good midweek wine to pair with casual fair – sausages, pizza, pasta. Score 90 (Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com)
297317 XAVIER CÔTES DU RHÔNE 2011 (RHÔNE) $16.95
Ripe berry and peppery spice, the mid palate is up lifted with bright berry and licorice flavors! Score 90 (Jeb Dunnuck, erobertparker.com)
276162 CASTAÑO SOLANERA VIÑAS VIEJAS 2012 (DO YECLA, SPAIN) $16.95
Tons of black or dark berries. Fantastic wine presenting great value. It’s full-on intense and tastes expensive. (Score: 94, www.robertparker.com)
357335 HACIENDA LOPEZ DE HARO RESERVA 2005 (DOCa RIOJA, SPAIN) $18.95
This wine travels through vintages regularly - lucky us – because it tastes great! Quite soft and rounded and dry featuring herbs and berries on the palate. (Score: 92, www.robertparker.com)
409177 THE ROCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 (CALIFORNIA) $21.95
This is big and brooding with black smoke and briary dark fruit and dried herbs. Very concentrated and huge on flavor!
186163 FOLIE Á DEUX CABERNET SAUGIGNON 2012 (CALIFORNIA) $24.95
Tasty and fruity – dark fruit, smoke and cocoa = velvety smooth! Crowd pleasing – DEB-pleasing (insider reference here)
Karen & Rose
PS Vintages Value List can always be found at www.cetoblog.com