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Wine Of The Week – Southbrook Connect Red 2008

January 14, 2012 1:33 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Southbrook ConnectVQA Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

PRESS:

89+/90 Points, Gord Stimmell

89+/90 Points, Gord Stimmell
This new red is dapper, with black cherry, blackberry and an intriguing nose of graphite; the flavours show black plums, cedar, black cherry and a finish of refined cassis. A wonderful Ontario value red.

www.thestar.com Sept 14th 2011

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Wine Of The Week – Dog Point Pinot Noir 2008

December 23, 2011 11:51 am - Posted by Jody in Drink

Dog PointMarlborough, New Zealand

90 POINTS, WINE ADVOCATE

“The 2008 Pinot Noir is matured in Francois Frere barriques, 50% new, for 18 months and bottled without fining or filtering. Medium-deep ruby colored, the nose is very fragrant, floral, with notes of violets and lavender over red cherry and crushed raspberry plus nuances of cedar, thyme, loam and moss. Crisp, medium bodied with a medium level of fine grained tannins, it has a long earthy finish. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2016+.

When we started, we really didn’t know where we were going to go,” James Healy, winemaker and co-founder, confessed as I perched on a stool in the winery’s tasting room. “Ivan (Sutherland, viticulturalist and co-founder) and I are such different people. But we see eye to eye a lot of the time. We never wanted to do the big thing. We wanted to do it for ourselves and develop.” Only 6 years after the first anticipated releases from these ex Cloudy Bay, etc. stalwarts, it’s now hard to imagine Marlborough’s complex jigsaw puzzle of players complete without this dynamic duo that is Dog Point. Emphasis on the vineyards, proponents of cork for all but their Sauvignon and use of indigenous yeast aren’t the only things that define their edges – the wines are simply superb.”

Wine Advocate #191 Oct 2010

Dog Point

THE STORY:

Dog Point Vineyard combines the considerable winegrowing experience of Ivan Sutherland and James Healy, the former chief viticulturalist and head winemaker at New Zealand’s famous wine estate Cloudy Bay.  After leaving Cloudy Bay, Sutherland and Healy began making wines from Sutherland’s own vineyards in Marlborough, which were planted in the 70′s and 80′s. In 2003 they launched the Dog Point label and their wines have made a huge impact in the wine world. Sutherland had previously sold the majority grapes from his vineyard to Cloudy Bay which assisted Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc to it’s international acclaim.

Now with their own label and focus they continue to sell their grapes to Cloudy bay but keep the best for themselves. The Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are partly older plantings on the clay silt of the valley floor where the Brancott valley joins the Wairau valley, and partly newer plantings on three ridges on the west side of the Brancott.

Grapes for Dog Point’s Pinot Noir are all hand-picked and given minimal handling.  Healy’s non-interventionalist, natural hands-off approach to winemaking characterizes the outstanding quality and highly expressive wine that the estate is known for.  While Dog Point gets most of their accolades for their outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, their Pinot Noir should not be overlooked.  Barrel fermented (50% new, in 100% French oak), this Pinot exhibits beautiful fragrance and lovely elegance while maintaining a solid, cleansing backbone of acidity.  A perennial favourite with sommeliers and wine critics!
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Wine Of The Week – Argiano Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2006

September 28, 2011 12:46 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!

ArgianoTuscany, Italy

93 Points, Wine Advocate

The 2006 Brunello di Montalcino is a gorgeous wine laced with red cherries, tobacco, cedar and underbrush, all supported by a firm tannic spine. Argiano’s 2006 Brunello shows beautiful inner perfume and the structure to develop positively for a number of years. Floral notes appear on the vibrant, polished finish. The estate’s Brunello spent 12 months in French oak (which is mostly felt in the wine’s textural richness) and completed its aging in cask. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. (#194, May 2011)

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