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If I only had $100… I would buy these wines at Vintages

Posted by Susan

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

If only I had $100, I would buy . . .
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, April 2, 2011

This week’s LCBO Vintages release includes an extensive feature on Burgundy, the land of terroir, of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, including wines from the 2008 and the heralded 2009 vintages. It is suggested that like many of the previous ‘9’ vintages, 2009 will be a great one. Hail in some areas not only decreased yield, but advanced ripening, and the hot dry weather in August and through harvest assured good quality fruit. The vintage conditions are predicted to produce deeply colored, quite intense red wines with higher alcohol levels. The whites are expected to be fruity with good acidity. 

The second feature is of South African wines, highlighting blends based on southern Rhône and Bordeaux varietals. The main release includes a good selection of wines from Ontario, for instance the Pelee Island ‘Vendange Tardive’ Pinot Gris featured in a recent Savvy Selection, as well as some very tasty wines from Chile, Argentina and Italy. Once again, there is an intense, robust wine from California’s Paul Hobbs, the Crossbarn Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy the selection below as you bask in the warm spring sunshine.Cheers


Vincent Morin Lacombe Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009
AOC Bourgogne, France

$16.95 (Vintages #208496) 12.5% alcohol

Red with a tinge of violet, this wine is fragrant with sweet red and black berry fruit, spice and an earthy undertone. Dry, medium bodied, the sweet fruit and spice flavours wrapped in a silky texture entice, while fresh acidity and perceptible tannins ensure balance and consistency through the mid-length finish. An attractive value-laden wine, it wil cellar medium term or would be a good match this weekend with beef tenderloin with a tarragon mushroom sauce or roast pork with herbs and garlic.

Domaine Saint-Saturnin de Vergy Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc 2009
AOC, Hautes Côtes de Nuits, France
$18.95 (Vintages #128686) 13.0% alcohol

Pale gold, this lovely Chardonnay has a subtle nose of ripe orchard fruit, citrus, mineral and lightly toasted nuts. Dry, medium bodied, it offers a silky texture and vibrant acidity matched with delicious citrus, apple and pear. Beautifully balanced, there’s a lingering note of light toast on the fresh fruity finish. Match to chicken roasted with lemon zest and tarragon, or cellar medium term.

Lammershoek Roulette Blanc ‘Reserve’2008
WO Swartland, South Africa

$16.95 (Vintages #225458) 14.5% alcohol
This golden blend of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier displays lifted aromas of tropical and orchard fruit, and sweet toasty notes. Dry, full bodied, it has a smooth creamy texture, fresh acidity and loads of rich ripe fruit—pear, Mac apple and pineapple—with a dash of spice and some lasting toasty notes on the warm yet tangy finish. Mouth filling and satisfying, give it a whirl with herbed roast pork.

Errázuriz ‘Single Vineyard’ Syrah 2008
Don Maximiano Estate, Panhueque, Chile

$19.95 (Vintages #211938) 14.5% alcohol

Deep purple and intensely aromatic, this wine offers dark fruit, spice, vanilla and earthy nuances. Dry, medium-full bodied, fruit forward, it’s rich with dark plum, blackberry and black cherry, lifted by notes of exotic spice and white pepper. Perceptible tannins and fine acidity are well matched to the rich fruit. Attractive notes of cocoa and dark toast persist on the finish. A great choice for barbequed meats, now or over the next 3-5 years.

Rivera ‘Cappellaccio Riserva’ Aglianico 2005
DOC Castel del Monte, Italy

$18.95 (Vintages #984120) 13.5% alcohol
A deep jeweled ruby tone, this well-crafted wine is produced from one of Italy’s lesser known noble varietals, aged 12 months in French oak and a further 12 in bottle. Perfumed with spicy floral and herbal aromas, ripe plum, berry fruit and earthy tones, the wine is robust and well structured.  Dry, medium-full bodied, the succulent berry fruit is matched with fresh acidity and firm tannins that underline the lengthy dry finish. Rare meats are in order, or cellar long term, as there’s lots of life in this wine!

Grand Total: $91.75


Worth the splurge: 
Paul Hobbs ‘Crossbarn’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Napa Valley, USA

$34.95 (Vintages #118695) 14.8% alcohol

A wine of substance, you see this in the depth of color and in the complexity of aromas—dark berry, pit fruit, cedar, vanilla. Powerful and structured, there’s warmth and depth on the palate, with layers of flavor and an attractive balance of fruit and acidity. Lovely notes of espresso roast linger on the lengthy finish of this dry, full bodied and intensely flavourful wine. The tannins are yet grippy, so enjoy it with rare grilled meats, or cellar 3-5 years.


More about my blog post: 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!