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If I only had $100, I would buy….

Posted by Susan

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
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“If I only had $100, I would buy…’
LCBO Vintages Release as of Saturday, October 30, 2010

 

 

The October 30 LCBO Vintages release features California wines as well as some hearty wines to enjoy as we head into the latter part of the fall.  There are some great values to be had, whether below or above the $15 price point.

As an option, I’ve included one of my favorite ‘vin de garde’ from British Columbia, the 2006 vintage of Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. Listening to the winemaker, Pascal Madevon, discuss the manner in which each of the components contributes to this fabulous assemblage is always fascinating. From the power and depth of the Merlot to the chocolately character and tannins of the Cabernet France to the violet and blueberry nose of the Malbec. How can you resist?  It’s always a challenge to choose the wines for this selection, but I hope you’ll enjoy those highlighted below.

 

 

Alderbrook ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel 2004
Dry Creek Valley, California
$23.95 (Vintages #603696) 14.5% alcohol
Displaying understated elegance and finesse, the subtle aromas are of well-ripened forest fruit, pepper and spice. Integrated tannins, refined acidity and fine dark fruit flavours contribute to an overall sense of balance. Nuances of spice and dark chocolate garnish the long gentle finish. A treat for the senses.

Fielding Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2008
VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$17.95 (Vintages #184432) 12.0% alcohol
Attractive aromas waft from the glass—floral, tropical fruit and gooseberry. Medium bodied with zingy acidity, the wine is lips-smackingly good, with great consistency throughout. The refreshing flavours of citrus and tropical fruit persistent on a tangy finish. Enjoy it with a spinach salad garnished with goat cheese and toasted walnuts.

Luis Felipe Edwards ‘Gran Reserva’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Colchagua Valley, Chile
$16.95 (Vintages #169847) 14.0% alcohol
The dense inky color portends a robust and flavourful wine. The aromas are intense—ripe black fruit, sweet spice, mint and licorice. It’s dry yet softly textured, with captivating flavours of black cherry, cassis, spice, pepper and toast. The finish has some warmth wrapped around the ripe fruit and toasty notes. Very consistent and enjoyable.

Jean Geiler Gewurztraminer 2009
AOC Alsace, France
$16.95 (Vintages #106864) 13.0% alcohol
Bonanza – this is a fabulous value-laden wine! Lifted aromas captivate—floral, tropical, lychee. There’s an overwhelming impression of a sweet fresh bouquet. Off-dry, medium bodied, the wine has a beautiful smooth almost oily texture, lush ripe fruit and heady spice on the palate. Think of sweetly spiced pear tart! The finish is long and balmy. Run out and buy a few bottles to savour on its own, or enjoy with your favorite spicy Asian recipe.

Montgó Monastrell/Shiraz 2007
DO Yecla, Spain
$13.95 (Vintages #76588) 14.0% alcohol
Who can say no to this value equation! From the land of heat, sun and wind, this blend of Monastrell (principally) and Shiraz includes a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon and the deeply colored Garnacha Tintorera. Fragrant with the aromas and flavours of sweet dark berry fruit, spice and vanilla, it is dry with a very appealing fresh texture, fine tannins and fresh vibrant acidity. On the finish, charry toast, dark chocolate and ripe dark fruit persist. Share a case with friends.

Grand Total: $89.75

 

If you have extra money to splurge…

Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2006
VQA Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$45.00 (Vintages #626325) 13.5% alcohol
Powerful, robust, with great depth and body, this Bordeaux-style blend is principally Merlot (69%), known in the south Okanagan for delivering dense fruit, great structure and volume. There’s a medley of red and black berry fruit, with appealing hints of herbs, spice, chocolate, smoke and cedar. The black berry/cherry fruit is framed by firm chewy tannins and fine acidity. It has a long dry penetrating finish with notes of mocha, pepper and char, and a whiff of the wild herbs of the south Okanagan. Truly a vin de garde, it will cellar for 5-7 more years, or can be decanted for 2-3 hours and served with rare prime rib.

As an option, I’ve included one of my favorite ‘vin de garde’ from British Columbia, the 2006 vintage of Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin. Listening to the winemaker, Pascal Madevon, discuss the manner in which each of the components contributes to this fabulous assemblage is always fascinating. From the power and depth of the Merlot to the chocolately character and tannins of the Cabernet France to the violet and blueberry nose of the Malbec. Definitely hard to resist. 

 

 

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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