Archive for June, 2009

Bullish Tempranillo by Finca Sobreño

June 16, 2009

finca_sobrenoThe Toro (meaning “bull”) region in northern Spain, produces wines of tremendous concentration that more than a few times can turn off the aficionado, if the drink lacks finesse. Finca Sobreño’s Tempranillo is a good example of what a well made Toro wine can offer. The appealing ruby red color follows with aromas of violets and strawberry marmalade. Full body and dense palate with concentrated red fruit and a vegetal streak. Tannins are massive and a bit raspy, showing best with steak or barbequed meats. The finish is long, ridden with fruit and caramel.

Product: Finca Sobreño Tempranillo

Variety: Tempranillo

Vintage: 2004

Winery: Finca Sobreño

Origin: Toro, Spain

Alcohol: 14.5%

Price: 30.99 (Everything Wine)

Drinking Shiraz Down Annie’s Lane

June 16, 2009

Another delicious Shiraz from the annies laneland of kangaroos, venomous spiders and beer swilling crowds. Deep ruby red garment and a pronounced, sweet nose with vanilla, black pepper and blackberry. Full bodied, rich and with a somewhat medicinal –eucalyptus- streak. Good acidity and soft tannins in the tasty finish, which is smooth and long, packed with red fruit and spice.

Product: Copper Trail Shiraz

Variety: Shiraz

Vintage:2002

Winery: Annie’s Lane

Origin: Clare Valley, Australia

Alcohol: 15.0%

Price: 29.99 (Everything Wine)

Barahonda Monastrell

June 16, 2009

Monastrell is a variety yet to be fully appreciated by Vancouverites. barahondaIn its home, the vineyards of the Levante -the coast of the rising sun, as Spaniards call it- it finds its best expression. This Monastrell, from the Yecla region, exhibits the gamey nose typical of the variety. Ruby red in color, it displays aromas of licorice and plum. The medium body comes with notes of chocolate and graphite. Medium acidity and soft tannins in a good finish that shows red fruit and spice.

Product: Monastrell

Variety: Monastrell

Vintage: 2005

Winery: Barahonda

Origin: Yecla, Spain

Alcohol: 14.5.0%

Price: 16.99 (Everything Wine)

Vilosell, Red Blend from Catalunya

June 16, 2009

From Costers del Segre, in Catalunya, comes this vilosellTempranillo-led blend. Ruby red, with a sweet-smelling nose packed with vanilla and red berries. Medium body with strawberry flavors, medium acidity and soft tannins. Good finish with more red fruit.

Product: Vilosell

Variety: Tempranillo blend.

Vintage: 2006

Winery: Vilosell

Origin: Catalunya, Spain

Alcohol: 14%

Price: .99 (Everything Wine)

Bronzinelle, Rhone Style Blend

June 16, 2009

A French man told me once “we know something about winemaking that the rest of the world doesn’t”. bronxinelleAlthough it sounded arrogant at the time, many times I have pondered –holding a glass in my hand- if after all he was right. One of those times was tasting this juicy Rhone-style blend led by Syrah. Dark ruby red with a flash of purple, the nose brings licorice, dust, spice and “Grenachey” aromas of stewed, sweet red fruit. A lot of very fine tannins in this broth, coating the mouth with a drying –yet pleasing- sensation. Good body with red fruit, old wood and spice and a long, satisfying finish.

Product: Bronzinelle

Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan

Vintage:2006

Winery: Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue

Origin: Languedoc, France

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: 20.99 (Everything Wine)
Best in Class

La Minga Red Blend, Outstanding Value

June 15, 2009

Exclusive to Everything Wine, La Minga is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.minga red Medium bodied and smooth, this wine is a real bargain. Red fruit, acidity and alcohol enjoy a balance that is rarely found in a budget wine. Soft aftertaste, easy drinking and just perfect for a week day or a party.

Product: La Minga

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Vintage: 2008

Winery: Sur Andino

Origin: Apoquindo, Chile

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: 10.99 (Everything Wine)

La Minga Chardonnay

June 15, 2009

Exclusive to Everything Wine, La Minga Chardonnay is again a really good deal for a wine priced LaMinga1 chardunder 11 dollars. Lightly oaked and lively, this product dodges the monikers of “fat”, “overoaked” and “overdone” that plagues inexpensive Chardonnays. Refreshing and with a pleasant finish, is a must for the recessionista wine lover.

Product: La Minga

Variety: Chardonnay

Vintage: 2008

Winery: Sur Andino

Origin: Apoquindo, Chile

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: 10.99 (Everything Wine)

La Galiniere, a Delicate Rosé

June 15, 2009

Love this rosé from Bouches-de-Rhone, the mouth of the famous river, not too far from the Mediterranean. Chateau de la Galiniere rose 2007 255A simple yet classic label, with an appealing salmon pink color, that seems to whisper “summer is here”. The nose is very subtle, no outbursts of fruit but rather light brushstrokes of meadow flowers and a hint of nuts. The palate is bone dry and equally delicate, very light but full of character. Roses and red pamplemousse predominate. Acidity high and very refreshing, reverberates on the tongue in a good, lasting finish with blood orange rind. This rose stands really well on its own or accompanying a plate of seafood salad.

Product: Vendanges Manuelles, Rose

Variety: unknown, probably Grenache and Cinsault

Vintage: 2008

Winery: Chateau de la Galiniere

Origin: Bouches-de-Rhone, Provence, France

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: 18.99 (Everything Wine)

Los Crios Torrontes

June 10, 2009

Torrontes, love it or hate it? With its spectrum of floral, spice, tropical fruit, nut and apricot aromas, this torrontesgrape has the potential to become a true white wine phenomenon. Every version I have tried tastes so different from the next that sometimes it is hard to believe it is the same grape. Argentina’s flagship white variety can be subtle and elegant or really aggressive in its manifold aromas and flavors. Whatever the case, Los Crios wine series by Argentina’s premier female winemaker Susana Balbo, offers a pleasing rendition of the varietal. Lying between dry and off dry, full-bodied and ambiguous, this Torrontes is packed with flavor and refreshing acidity. Gewurtztraminer lovers will find it adorable; those who are thrilled by whites of less fruit and aromatics will definitely avoid it. Food friendly? Undoubtedly, and it may be the ultimate match for Sushi.

Product: Los Crios

Variety: Torrontes

Vintage: 2007

Winery: Dominio del Plata Winery

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina

Alcohol: 13.0%

Price: 18.99 (Everything Wine)

Grassy Sauvignon Blanc by Errazuriz

June 10, 2009

The invasion of drinks appropriate to this premature summer, which promises to be scorching in mid July, continues. From the Casablanca Valley, Chile’s powerhouse of white wine, comes this aromatic Sauvignon Blanc by the always reliable Errazuriz winery. Intense nose of sweet grass and gooseberry precedes a medium body with integrated acidity, refreshing and tongue-tingling. Flavors of green apple and lime reverberate in a medium finish for this good value summer sipper.

Product: Sauvignon Blanc

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage: 2008

Winery: Errazuriz

Origin: Casablanca Valley, Chile

Alcohol: 13.5%

Price: 13.99 (Everything Wine)