We are grappling with the promise of spring and it looks like this weekend will deliver near-normal spring weather. Hallelujah! It’s Mom’s Day Sunday – get her a bottle if she tipples AND flowers!
Vintages is offering wines from Chile & Argentina this release and we enjoyed most of them, so they are predominant. As well, the rosés are on the shelf – perfectly pink pleasures that pair well with most foods or on their own and really get you in the mood for the summer to come …
369058 Gratien & Meyer Brut Crémant De Loire (France) $18.95
New to Vintages, this is an excellent sparkler that’s quite dry with a surprising sweet lift on the finish. Apples and floral notes abound.
303685 Domingo Molina Hermanos Torrontés 2012 (Argentina) $16.95
Pretty nose, fairly full-bodied with green grapes and a fruity palate. (Score: 92 from Neal Martin, erobertparker.com)
370098 Paul Mas Nicole Vineyard Viognier 2012 (Midi, France) $17.95
A great Viognier – fairly full-bodied with violet and almond notes.
365056 Domaine Vincent Sauvestre Bourgogne Chardonnay 2012 (Burgundy, France) $18.95
A decent chardonnay featuring classic orchard fruit, citrus and a touch of minerality. There is some smokiness from oak-aging, resulting in a rich smooth wine.
603795 Muga Rosé 2013 (Rioja, Spain) $12.95
A fun rosé – strawberry, earthy notes and a kiss of lemon!
707281 Château Val Joanis Tradition Syrah Rosé 2013 (Rhône, France) $15.95
A very interesting rosé: iced tea, grapefruit flavours with a touch of spice on the finish.
950576 Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition Rosé 2013 (Rhône, France) $15.95
Here’s a rosé with some backbone, raspberry, earth, a hint of spice and juicy acidity.
55558 Trapiche Broquel Bonarda 2011 (Mendoza, Argentina) $14.95
Cigar-box nose followed by blueberry pie and a slight jam-like palate. This is a wine from the Bonarda grape done well!
204008 Speri La Roverina Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2011 (Veneto, Italy) $16.95
Bright and fruity - cherry, red plum, dried herbs, earthy notes and peppery spice. Pair this beauty with a gourmet pizza for a mid-week delight! Score 91 (Jane Faulkner, tasteinmusic.com.au)
76281 In Situ Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Aconcagua Valley, Chile) $18.95
Big, bold and velvety - juicy red and dark berries, blueberry jam, smoke and savoury spice.
366005 Altos Las Hormigas Terroir Malbec 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.95
A smooth Malbec – we know, a bit of an oxymoron! Dark berries, luscious and a cool label to boot. (Score: 90 from Nathan Wesley, www.winespectator.com)
370262 Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir La Clape Syrah/Carignan/Mourvèdre 2009 (Midi, France) $20.95
This is dry and slightly smoky from the south of France. Interesting blend here featuring cherry, plums and a slight bite of black pepper. (Score: 90 from Lauren Buzzeo, Wine Enthusiast)
Rose y Karen (el vino señoras)
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