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    Wine Of The Week – Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

    August 24, 2011 12:56 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    CatenaMendoza, Argentina

    90 Points/Smart Buy, Wine Spectator
    PRESS:

    This is solid, with dense but polished structure holding the weighty core of plum, fig paste and black currant preserves together. The dark, lengthy finish lets a nice Kenya AA coffee note chime in. Drink now through 2013.

    April 20th 2011

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Grant Burge Cameron Vale

    Barossa, Australia

    WINE NOTES:
    The grapes for this wine were picked from Grant’s Cameron Vale vineyard, which was planted between 1971 and 1975, in a fertile area between Lyndoch and Williamstown, which a portion sourced from the cool Eden Valley.  The maturity of the vines is clearly evident in the intensity and full flavour of the wine.  The 2008 vintage began earlier than expected due to an early heat wave, however the aspect of the vineyard protected the fruit allowing it to display varietal character, concentration and flavour.

    TASTING NOTE:
    The 2008 Cameron Vale Cabernet is inky black in colour with vibrant purple hues. The wine presents distinct varietal aromas of blackcurrant, plums and menthol with a hint of  savoury spice, courtesy of the French Oak The palate is generous with dark fruits, ripe plums, mint and chocolate supported by silkey tannins and integrated oak character. The balance of this wine endures a long and rewarding finish.

    Wine Of The Week – Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc 2008

    July 12, 2011 12:51 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

    CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC

    TASTING NOTE:

    Medium ruby in the glass with aromas of earth, mixed berries, spice cupboard and a slight tobacco note. The palate is dry, balanced and interesting with a bright acidity, velvety tannins and lots of red and black fruit. The medium-long finish adds a lovely spicy accent. Age this for 1-2 years or enjoy it tonight with gourmet burgers, sausages, or pheasant.

    (VINTAGES panel, March 2011)

    Wine Of The Week – La Posta Cocina Blend 2008

    July 6, 2011 1:38 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Mendoza, Argentina

    90 Points — Wine Advocate

    The 2008 Cocina Blend composed of 60% Malbec, 20% Bonarda, and 20% Syrah aged for 12 months in 20% new French and American oak before bottling without fining and filtration (as are all of these red wines). Purple-colored, it has an enticing bouquet of cinnamon, Dentyne gum, cigar box, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Medium-bodied, round and sweetly-fruited on the palate, it has plenty of savory spice notes, enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years, and a lengthy, pure finish. Drink it from 2010 to 2016.

    Jay Miller, August 2009

    Wine Of The Week – Grant Burge Filsell Old Vine Shiraz 2008

    June 22, 2011 11:04 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    Filsell Wine Bottle

    Barossa, Australia

    91 Points — David Lawrason

    This pours deep purple-ruby. Great nose – very perfumed, sweet and laden with well-integrated violets, blackberry, eucalyptus, licorice and vanilla. It’s full-bodied, dense yet very smooth and a touch sweet, with very fine tannin. Excellent focus and length, for drinking now or over the next decade. It was one of the best vintages in recent years. Tasted May 2011.

    www.winealign.com (May 2011)

    Each week I like to choose a new wine to introduce to our fans. These wines vary by region, by varietal and even by price. I don’t think cost and value are necessarily related. So I like to focus on wines I have experienced on my travels and I think our fans will enjoy trying. salut!

    92 Points, Wine Advocate

    … as delightfully fascinating to sip on its own as it is versatile at table, and that will prove as infectious fifteen or more years from now as it is today. What’s more, this remarkable value illustrates the opportunity that so many German wines – and virtually no others on earth – offer of exploring the complex virtues of a great vineyard site at a price most wine lovers can afford to pay most days of the week.

    David Schildknecht, Feb 2010