'If I only had $100, I would buy...'
LCBO Vintages Release – Saturday, September 18, 2010
This month’s LCBO Vintages release features a wide range of Ontario wines from the 2007, 2008 and 2009 vintages as well a some notable Portugese wines from the Douro. Of course there are many other delectable wines. The selection below will give you an opportunity to taste a few I consider to be of particularly good value.
Cheers & enjoy!
Vineland Estates ‘St. Urban’ Riesling 2008 VQA Niagara Escarpment
$19.95 (Vintages #38117)
Niagara produces some of the best Rieslings you can buy, and this is a great example from one of the original estates. Light-medium bodied, the wine has an almost spritzy texture attributable to lovely minerality and vibrant acidity. It’s nicely balanced, with a whiff of petrol on the nose and aromas and flavours of stone fruit and zesty lemon-lime that carry through the mid-length finish. Try it with veal scaloppini al limone.
Quinta do Tedo Vinho Tinto 2007
DOC Douro, Portugal
$17.95 (Vintages #170217) 14.0% alcohol
Produced from an estate-grown blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, this medium-full bodied award-winning wine offers an alluring basketful of floral and fruit aromas. It’s richly textured with firm but approachable tannins, fruity acidity and oodles of ripe fruit on the palate—red and black berries and cherries. Attractive notes of spicy toast and dark chocolate garnish the finish. A great choice for hearty grilled meats.
Oyster Bay Merlot 2009
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
$18.95 (Vintages #692343) 13.5% alcohol
Hawkes Bay is known for its production of the Bordeaux varietals, and here is a fabulous example of one from an iconic producer. Well-balanced, it has a wonderful silky texture, fine-grained tannins and soft acidity. While the aromas of cherry and red plum are subtle, the flavours are vibrant—cherry and raspberry garnished with spiciness and a hint of toast persisting through the lingering finish. A quality wine at a great price. Share a case with friends!
Vinecol ‘Organic’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
$13.95 (Vintages #167270) 13.0% alcohol
Fruit-forward, this is a wine with appealing aromas of red and black berries, plums and spice. It’s dry, medium-full bodied with a replay of the fruit on the palate, along with hints of spice and pepper. It has nice structure and balance, with fresh acidity that delivers a mouthwatering spicy fruit finish. An organic wine at this price -- you can’t go wrong!
Banfi Centine 2007
IGT Toscana, Italy
$16.95 (Vintages #947440) 13.5% alcohol
This may be one of Banfi’s ‘second’ wines, but it’s a fabulous. A blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, it’s dry and full bodied with complex aromas—floral, dense dark fruit, earth, anise and leather. There’s a nice balance of rich spicy fruit, firm tannins and bright acidity. It’s a great value and can be cellared for a few years. Try it with steak Florentine and grilled vegetables.
Grand Total: $87.75
Domaine Saint-Pierre Sancerre 2008
AOC Sancerre, France
$24.95 (Vintages #179258) 13.0% alcohol
If you prefer Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling, you may want to consider this classic award-winning wine. There’a a delicate and enticing bouquet—citrus, stone fruit, mineral notes and fresh snap peas. Mid-weight with a long-lasting finish, it’s zesty but silky and has a lovely balance of fruit and acidity. A great choice for a salad garnished with warm sautéed mushrooms and goat cheese.
More about my If I only had $100, I would buy…
There is a myriad of wines out there, so it’s often a challenge deciding what to select when the LCBO Vintages catalogue comes out every two weeks or so. Like a kid in a candy shop, your attention darts from one treat to another, but what to choose . . . Something to serve to your guests this weekend? Something to put away for a special occasion? Something to store for a autumn afternoon?
I recognize that each person’s tastes and preferences are unique. “If I had $100 . . .”, will be posted just prior to LCBO Vintages releases and will highlight unique wines I have tasted that provide good value; the selection will total no more than $100.
Occasionally, I may include an optional wine – you can substitute or add it for a little more or a little less! Print this off as your shopping list knowing that these wines have been selected by a Savvy Sommelier who has sipped, savoured & swirled countless wines before they arrived on the shelves in Vintages. Hopefully you too will find a new favorite wine. And when you do, quickly save your pennies to buy a bottle or two more. Warning that once a wine is gone from a particular Vintages release, that vintage, and sometimes that wine, is gone for good!
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