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Tastings: February 2016

10 February 2016

Rocca della Macie Roccatotext
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Rocca della Macie Roccato 2009

Tuscany, ItalyOpen inviting cedar, tobacco nose with black cherry, coffee, vanilla, and savoury, peppery, black olive, mint and meaty, sausage aromas. Dry, round, full, suave palate with ripe tannins with rich coffee, milk chocolate, savoury, peppery, black olive, cassis, balsamic, meaty, cigar flavours. Good intensity with some youthful tannins on the finish to round out over the next few years. Well done. Age this seven to ten years and serve with rich dishes. Roccato is a 50/50 mix of sangiovese and cabernet sauvignon all picked by hand and vinified separately aged in French oak barriques some 9 and 13 months. Once blended it goes back into 35 hectolitre barrels from another bottle.Prices: BC 43.99 AB 46.00 Producer: Rocca delle Macìe S.p.A.
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Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezionetext
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Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

Tuscany, ItalyFloral, black cherry, sausage meat, peppery, licorice root, tobacco, resin and savoury herb aromas. Ripe, round, elegant, dry and juicy palate with light, grainy tannins. Smoky, plum, black cherry, meaty, black pepper, tobacco, resin, cardamom and almond flavours with a touch of coffee. Very good intensity and balance but still youthful. Drink with grilled lamb or keep for 3-5 years. New plantings and clonal work done almost two decades ago are paying off at Ruffino's many estates; the Ducale Oro is an 85/15 blend of sangiovese with merlot and colorino.Prices: BC 50.00 ON 44.95 QC 45.00 NS 50.00 Producer: Tenimenti Ruffino
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Torre Fosca Brunello di Montalcinotext
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Torre Fosca Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyGamey, smoky, black berry, leather, licorice, savoury, tobacco aromas with a bit of resin and garrigue spice. Dry, tight, full palate with light grainy tannins and juicy acidity. Black cherry, earthy, ash, licorice, plum, and tobacco flavours with a touch of leather and chocolate with thyme on the finish. Youthful but restrained style with fruit that should improve over the next 2-4 years. Not a big wine but balanced for food. Good value for Brunello.Prices: BC 41.99 Producer: GustinVest SPA
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Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcinotext
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Frescobaldi Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Tuscany, ItalyGamey, ash, black cherry, vanilla, peppery, tobacco, smoky, menthol, licorice aromas with a touch of curry leaf. Fresh, round, dry, full palate with fresh acidity and some grainy tannins. Big black cherry, black berry fruit with vanilla, cedar, chocolate, meaty, peppery, ash and licorice flavours. Finish has a bit of cola and blood orange. Good balance and intensity with the ability to improve over the next 3-5 years. Good value in a delicious Brunello.Prices: BC 54.99 AB 68.00 ON 45.00 QC 55.00 SK 45.00 Producer: Marchesi de' Frescobaldi
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Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Selezione Madonna delle Grazietext
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Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Selezione Madonna delle Grazie 2009

Montalcino, Siena, Tuscany, ItalyBalsamic, meaty, ash, black cherry, tobacco, sausage, licorice, light vanilla aromas. Full, dry, warm palate with some grainy tannins and round acidity. Black cherry jam, coffee, peppery, vanilla, plum, meaty, licorice and tobacco ash flavours. Young with good fruit and concentration but rustic and lifted in style. Now with meat or 2-5 years.Prices: BC 82.99 ON 100.00 Producer: Il Marroneto
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Argentiera Bolgheri Superioretext
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Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore 2010

Tuscany, ItalyThis Bolgheri red is a 45/45/10 mix of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. The colour is deep, the nose a savoury, menthol, balsamic mix with floral notes. Identical palate impressions with dry red fruits with mineral and spicy notes flecked with roasted nuts and mushrooms. The blend is aged in mostly new French oak barriques for 18 months and then aged another year in bottle. It is a bit of a bruiser that needs more time in the bottle or a piece of grilled beef to soften the ages.Prices: QC 65.50 Producer: Tenuta Argentiera
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Rocca di Montemassi Rocca di Montemassi Maremmatext
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Rocca di Montemassi Rocca di Montemassi Maremma 2013

Maremma, Tuscany, ItalyMade by winemaker Stefano Ferrante in collaboration with famed Frenchman Denis Dubourdieu, Rocca di Montemassi is a Maremma red blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and syrah. The four varieties are vinified separately in stainless including a 30-day maceration followed by 12 months in first and second year French oak. The nose has a warm Mediterranean demeanour with black and blue fruits over a savoury earthy mineral base. An elegant style red perfect for pork tenderloin, grilled steaks or any mushroom pasta dish.Prices: BC 42.00 Producer: Rocca di Montemassi
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09 February 2016

Two Hands Coach House Block Shiraz Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenochtext
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Two Hands Coach House Block Shiraz Single Vineyard Seppeltsfield Road Greenoch 2006

Barossa Valley, South Australia, AustraliaLike the winery the wine is still youthful. At Two Hands site specificity as noted by the source a single vineyard along Seppeltsfield Road at Greenoch in the Barossa Valley. Almost a decade down the road this shiraz has aged gracefully which is no mean feat given its 16.4 alcohol base. The nose is a pleasant mix of chocolate, dark fruits and spice. The attack is supple, round and now fully mature plum jam, licorice and more baking spices. As mentioned the balanced is perfect. Served with braised lamb dishes or old soft cheeses for best results.Prices: ON 105.55 Producer: Two Hands Wines
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08 February 2016

Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riservatext
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Sella & Mosca Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2010

Sardinia, ItalyWe liked last year’s edition but the 2010 may even be better. Cannonau is the Sardinian grape said to be the forerunner of grenache; in this case grown on clay and sandy soils. The grapes are aged for two years in large Slavonian oak barrels before spending several more months in bottle. The nose is fresh with that special Mediterranean warmth and even more plummy/raspberry cherry fruit aromas and flavours. The palate is balanced with a juicy, dry, fruity, savoury, cherry flavour throughout. Impressive for the price. Serve with roast chicken or mushroom dishes.Prices: BC 21.29 AB 20.50 MB 19.90 Producer: Sella & Mosca
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Tommasi Arele Parziale Appassimento Rosso IGTtext
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Tommasi Arele Parziale Appassimento Rosso IGT 2013

Veneto, ItalyCherry, savoury, smoky leather, resin, gamey, chocolate and olive aromas with a bit of celery salt. Fresh, round, easy palate with light tannins and a hint of sweetness. Peppery, tobacco, resin, leather, herb and plum flavours followed by a touch of licorice. Easy going pizza and pasta wine.Prices: MB 22.50 QC 20.00 NF 23.25 BC 21.79 NS 23.00 ON 19.00 AB 25.00 Producer: Tommasi Viticoltori
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Masi Grandarella Refosco Delle Venezie Appassimentotext
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Masi Grandarella Refosco Delle Venezie Appassimento 2011

Verona, Veneto, ItalyBig ripe black cherry, plum jam nose with coffee, tobacco, chocolate, orange spice, licorice and herb aroma. Full, round, dry, juicy palate with light tannins and more chocolate, plum and strawberry jam flavours streaked with licorice, pepper, olive and resin flavours. Ready to drink with any lamb or fowl dish. Has good length and intensity that may improve over the next few years. Well made.Prices: BC 26.29 Producer: Masi Agricola
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Montresor Capitel della Crosara Valpolicella Ripassotext
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Montresor Capitel della Crosara Valpolicella Ripasso 2013

Veneto, ItalySavoury, smoky, meaty, peppery, tobacco, black cherry, balsamic, olive and cedar aromas. Dry, fresh, elegant but juicy palate. Palate is a cooler, forward style with black cherry, licorice, peppery, meaty, prune, tobacco and herb flavours. Ready to drink for any pasta.Prices: BC 25.00 QC 18.00 ON 18.00 Producer: Cantine Giacomo Montresor
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torretext
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Allegrini Palazzo della Torre 2012

Verona, Veneto, ItalyOpen savoury, plum, black cherry, sage, licorice, cassis, peppery, tobacco leaf aromas with a smoky, meaty note. Fresh, juicy, dry palate with very light tannins and slightly tart acidity. Plum, cherry, riparian, earthy, spicy, olive flavours with a bit of chocolate and vanilla. Lighter but elegant style with solid fruit core to drink now.Prices: BC 27.69 AB 19.00 ON 25.00 ON 25.00 QC 26.00 Producer: Allegrini, Az. Agr.
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Masseria Altemura Sasseotext
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Masseria Altemura Sasseo 2013

Salento, Puglia, ItalyClassic southern Italian full bodied red with rich, warm, pruny fruit notes mixed with plums and meaty sausage note. The palate is similar with more warm raisiny fruit streaked with black cherries and tobacco Round long and warm we enjoyed this with a ground chicken tomato sauce and pasta. Solid red wine value in Ontario. BC is another story.Prices: BC 29.99 ON 18.99 Producer: Masseria Altemura
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Tormaresca Trentangeli Castel del Montetext
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Tormaresca Trentangeli Castel del Monte 2012

Puglia, ItalyTormaresca is an Antinori project in Puglia bringing modern attitudes to ancient grapes. This DOC Rosso Castel del Monte DOC is a 70/20/10 blend of organic aglianico, cabernet sauvignon and syrah grown on Bocca di Lupo estate in Minervino Murge in the province of Bari-Andria-Trani. The must is fermented in conical stainless steel tanks for 15 days. The wine is aged 12 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels and eight months in bottle. Love its rich, silky textures, spiced black fruits, raisins and liquorice and the freshness that breathes vitality into the finish. Perfect for lamb osso buco.Prices: BC 17.49 Producer: Tormaresca
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Tenuta Sant'Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripassatext
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Tenuta Sant'Antonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripassa 2010

Veneto, ItalyEarthy, balsamic, black cherry jam, floral, gamey, coffee, pruney, licorice and dried herb aromas. Fresh, round, juicy palate with light tannins but light concentration also. Cocoa, prune, meaty, balsamic, coffee, peppery, rooty flavours. Easy going, pasta wine.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Tenuta Sant'Antonio
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Masi Campofiorintext
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Masi Campofiorin 2011

Verona, Veneto, ItalyBlack cherry, peppery, gamey, leather, chocolate, licorice and floral aromas with a bit of sage. Round, smooth, fresh palate with a hint of tannins. Cherry, plum, licorice, savoury herb, tobacco and leather flavours. Well balanced, simple, forward style with fruit. Drink now.Prices: BC 19.30 ON 20.00 QC 19.50 SK 23.00 MB 20.00 NS 19.50 NB 23.00 NF 22.50 YK 23.50 Producer: Masi Agricola
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Masi Modello Rosso delle Venezietext
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Masi Modello Rosso delle Venezie 2012

Verona, Veneto, ItalyLight floral, sausage meat, smoky, peppery, black cherry, resin and saddle leather aromas with a black olive note. Round, fresh, soft palate with a hint of sweetness. Smoky, leather, savoury, meaty, olive, plum and cocoa flavours. Simple, modern style yet a bit rustic for entry level consumers.Prices: NS 14.00 NB 16.00 PEI 15.00 QC 14.50 BC 13.29 ON 12.00 NF 13.50 AB 14.00 SK 14.00 MB 14.00 Producer: Masi Agricola
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Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classicotext
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Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2011

Verona, Veneto, ItalyBlack cherry, prune, meaty, savoury, floral, tobacco and black licorice aromas with a bit of orange peel and sage. Round, full, suave, juicy palate with ripe tannins and some sweetness. On the palate there is lots of chocolate and black plum jam with peppery, strawberry, savoury, poultry spice and game flavours with a waxy, vanilla and coffee note. Lots of intensity here with structure but definitely on the sweeter side. Will age for 5-10 years. The winery suggest game, roasted and grilled meats, casseroles and well matured cheeses as classic matches or pair it with exotic sweet and sour dishes. It is therefore also perfect with Asian and middle-eastern dishes.Prices: BC 93.99 AB 100.00 MB 119.00 ON 90.00 Producer: Allegrini, Az. Agr.
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Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicellatext
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Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella 2009

Pedemonte Valpolicella, Verona, Veneto, ItalyEarthy, plum jam, prune, coffee, gamey, tobacco, licorice root and Christmas cake aromas. Ripe, rich, juicy, slightly tannic and sweet palate. Raisin, black cherry jam, sage, peppery, chocolate, black licorice and ash flavours fill the palate. A more modern, fruity style to drink now - 5 years.Prices: BC 48.99 AB 50.00 ON 40.00 QC 45.50 Producer: Tedeschi
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05 February 2016

Umberto Cesare Sangiovese Romagna Riservatext
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Umberto Cesare Sangiovese Romagna Riserva 2011

Emilia-Romagna, ItalyThe Romagna style is on display here with a attractive, open sweet entry, not sweet-sweet but with ripeness that feeds into a savoury earthy mocha coffee flavoured wine with hit of wood toast. The finish is firm with good acidity, a hint of balsamic and more mushroom. Try this with a tomato-based meat sauce – Bolognese perhaps?Prices: BC 21.79 Producer: Umberto Cesare
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04 February 2016

Mionetto Prosecco Treviso Bruttext
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Mionetto Prosecco Treviso Brut NV

Veneto, ItalyClassic fresh citrus, peach, floral nose with bits of peach and honey. The attack is fresh, with clean off-dry fruit with notes of green apple, honey and almonds. Juicy fun and off-dry you can serve it with spicy, prawns dishes or serve solo well chilled.Prices: BC 17.49 Producer: Mionetto S.p.A.
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Ruffino Extra Dry Proseccotext
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Ruffino Extra Dry Prosecco NV

Veneto, ItalyThe classic Charmat or tank method bring the bubble to this straw-yellow fizz with a fresh honeysuckle nose mixed with apples and lemon lime on the nose. The palate is similar with more apple, pear and honey fruit with a soft creamy, off-dry finish. Try this with spicy sushi rolls or a creamy pasta dish.Prices: BC 19.00 NB 19.99 QC 18.00 AB 21.99 SK 17.98 NS 19.99 Producer: 0913881 B.C. Ltd. Dba Terra Vigniti
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Cinzano Proseccotext
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Cinzano Prosecco NV

Veneto, ItalyExpect an aromatic, medium dry sparkling wine made from white muscatel grapes, not the normal glera. Fresh and balanced the sweetish peach baked apple fruit is offset by enough acidity to keep it all together. Ready to drink. Very affordable aromas. Simple easy-sipping summer-style fizz.Prices: BC 11.29 MB 16.00 QC 15.95 AB 21.99 Producer: Davide Campari
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Desiderio JEIOtext
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Desiderio JEIO NV

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThe Bisol family has been farming the famed hill of Cartizze since the 16th century. This, their lower entry tier of wines, is named for Desiderio Bisol, the current winemaker. Glera makes up the majority of this cuvée, accompanied by verdiso, pinot bianco and chardonnay. Crisp and bright, with the 9 g/l RS gobbled up by crunchy acidity. An appealingly dry riff of peach fuzz lingers on the finish.Prices: BC 19.00 Producer: Bisol
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Foss Marai Prosecco Superiore Guia Millesimatotext
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Foss Marai Prosecco Superiore Guia Millesimato 2014

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThe steep hilled vineyard was first planted in the early 1900s by winemaker Carlo Biasiotto's grandfather. A garden of white flowers and fine, green apple in this finessed Brut. Brisk pithy pink grapefruit acidity snaps on the finish. A delicate, feminine style.Prices: BC 23.00 Producer: Foss Marai
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Rivani Prosecco Frizzantetext
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Rivani Prosecco Frizzante NV

Veneto, ItalySimple and fruity Prosecco DOC, with off dry peach, pear and floral notes. Though the screw cap makes for uber-easy access, it comes at the coast of bubbles. Whatever fizz was within, is gone pretty much instantaneously in the glass, as is the finish. That said, if you're looking for an easy value wine to chill down and use in sangria, here you go.Prices: BC 12.19 Producer: Rivani
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Valdo Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Marca Orotext
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Valdo Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG Marca Oro NV

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThis consistent extra dry Prosecco comes from the heartland of the region, Valdobbiadene DOCG. Candied grapefruit acidity gobbles up the sugar fairly well in this extra dry style (from 12-17 g/l RS), leaving an impression of sugared pear, candy apple, juicy peach, white flowers and candy necklace.Prices: BC 18.29 AB 20.00 SK 21.00 Producer: Spumanti Valdo srl
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Sartori Erfo Prosecco DOC Bruttext
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Sartori Erfo Prosecco DOC Brut NV

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyLight flowers, pear, peach and red apple on this Prosecco DOC. On the upper end of the Brut spectrum, though the sweetness is well countered with a brisk candied citrus acidity. A soft, creamy palate finishes with a brisk grapefruit freshness. Simplicity.Prices: BC 18.00 Producer: Casa Vinicola Sartori S.p.A.
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Canaletto Prosecco Vino Spumante DOC Bruttext
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Canaletto Prosecco Vino Spumante DOC Brut NV

Veneto, ItalyMeadow herbs, hay and grass weave through the typical perfumed florals and yellow apples in this Prosecco DOC. The mouthfeel is soft and the mousse frothy, with residual sugar cut with ringing citrus acidity. Gooseberry and green herbs close out the short finish.Prices: BC 17.89 Producer: Canaletto
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Bottega Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Bruttext
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Bottega Il Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Brut 2015

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThis brut Prosecco DOC gobbles up the 12 g/l RS pretty handily. Red apple skin, white flowers and peach lead with foamy mousse and a fuller, creamy body. Subtle almonds on the finish. Consistent, accessible, widely available.Prices: BC 17.29 Producer: Distilleria Bottega Srl
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Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Bruttext
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Nino Franco Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Brut NV

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyNino Franco was founded in 1919 and is one of the oldest wineries in Valdobbiadene, and the winery is now overseen by the forth Franco generation. Fresh and juicy, with golden apple, white peach, tight pear and subtle hay. Lime pith acidity cuts the residual sugar handily, leaving the finish crisp and dry.Prices: BC 22.50 Producer: Nino Franco
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Col de' Salici Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Drytext
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Col de' Salici Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry 2014

Treviso, Verona, Veneto, ItalyCrisp and fresh, with the residual sugar of Extra Dry (12-17 g/l) handled well by brisk acidity. White flowers, candied grapefruit peel, lemon pith , white peach and ample pear stream to a refreshingly bright finish.Prices: BC 28.00 Producer: Col de' Salici, Az Vinicola
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03 February 2016

Van Westen Vineyards Vulturetext
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Van Westen Vineyards Vulture 2012

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis is an exciting wine from Van Westen that illustrates the right grape in the right place, in this case cabernet franc on the Naramata Bench. The nose has beautiful floral note, followed by a melange of red and black fruit nuances from plum blueberries. The palate is soft but cast with rich fine grained dense tannins that chalk-up your palate and a delicious mix of plums and curry and chocolate and dried herbs. So impressive at this stage but wait on this three to five years. It will be even better. Perfect with oven roasted meats and mushroom dishes. Only 76 cases made.Prices: BC 34.70 Producer: Van Westen Vineyards
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La Crema Chardonnaytext
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La Crema Chardonnay 2014

Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California, United StatesThere is only 18 percent new oak in the mix here and the wine only spend seven months in wood with the exception of a small amount of juice kept in stainless steel to maintain freshness. Winemaker Elizabeth Grant-Douglas speaks to the wines Meyer lemon scents you can add butter, pear, orange/honey, baked apple flavours with a delicious, spicy mineral note that draws you into every glass. In 2014 the weather was almost perfect giving the fruit the capacity to go through a malolactic fermentation and sur-lie ageing complete with hand-stirring every three or four weeks. Well done. Perfect with chicken or creamy pasta dishes.Prices: BC 27.99 AB 28.99 ON 30.00 QC 32.25 Producer: La Crema
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Stonestreet Chardonnaytext
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Stonestreet Chardonnay 2013

Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California, United StatesWow. This is a delicious bottle of chardonnay that comes off four key Stonestreet vineyard sites blended for complexity and flavour. We love the rich understated style, the citrus, tangerine oil notes the pear, honey, smoke and toast and perfect wisp of caramel in the background to remind you its from California. Mountain chardonnay at its bests. Impressive New World style with an Old World Twist. Love this vintage.Prices: BC 42.95 Producer: Stonestreet Winery
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02 February 2016

Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezionetext
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Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

Florence, Tuscany, ItalyThe Ricasoli flagship wine is a blend is 80/15/5/ sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon in 2010. The nose is intense with cigar tobacco, peppery, black cherry, game notes mixed with floral, cedar, rooty, savoury aromas. The attack is full, rich and dry, if slightly tannic, with a concentrated palate of black cherry, smoky, savoury, cedar, vanilla, tobacco, earthy, licorice, balsamic and rosemary flavours. Still youthful but drinkable now with a rare steak. Good effort here but needs a decade in the bottle.Prices: BC 70.00 QC 49.50 375 BC 35.00 375 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezionetext
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Barone Ricasoli Colledilà Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010

Tuscany, ItalyColledilà a part of the Brolio estate for centuries is the cru that stands above all others - a single varietal sangiovese from Gaiole in Chianti. Big cherry, plum, balsamic, smoky, savoury, meaty, vanilla, chocolate aromas with a touch of licorice and rose. Rich, round, smooth, juicy palate with some fine tannins. Coffee, cedar, cherry jam, black berry, cedar, tobacco, balsamic, meaty, ash and licorice flavours. Long but warm meaty finish. Lots of concentration here with some time to go but try it now with a leg of lamb. Colledilà is located at 380 metres above sea level and faces south-west. The soil is brown with a fine clay structure, very chalky, with a sub-alkaline pH and little organic content.Prices: BC 60.00 QC 48.00 ON 50.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Campo Cenitext
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Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni 2013

Tuscany, ItalyCampo Ceni a mix of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon fermented in stainless steel and aged 80/20 in barrique and stainless steel .Meaty, chocolate, light rubber, cedar bark, cocoa, black cherry aromas. Light, thin, tart palate with a bit of sweetness. Sour cherry, peppery, meaty, cocoa, cola, tobacco flavours. Not a lot of charm. Try with spaghetti and meatballs.Prices: BC 17.79 QC 16.25 AB 18.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riservatext
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Barone Ricasoli Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva 2012

Siena, Tuscany, ItalyFrom Gaiole in Chianti the vines sit between 280 to 480 meters above sea level over varied gravel-based soils. The blend is 80/15/5/ sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon aged 16 months in barrique and tonneaux. Look for menthol, black pepper, smoky, plum, earthy, tobacco and cedar aromas. Dry, fresh, tight, elegant palate with black olive, smoky, savoury, tobacco, rooty, cherry, vanilla and coffee flavours. Solid intensity in a purer but slightly rustic style. Serve with mushroom dishes to best effect.Prices: AB 33.00 BC 36.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Casalferro 2010

Tuscany, ItalyAn unusual offering from Tuscany, a 100% merlot that has dried herb, curry leaf, cherry, tobacco, olive, gamey, vanilla, coffee, balsamic and saddle leather aromas. Round, dry, fresh palate with smooth tannins and juicy acidity. Black cherry, vanilla, coffee, leather, peppery, black olive, savoury, smoked meat and orange spice flavours with a bit of tobacco leaf. The Tuscan influence is strong here on the variety but this has intensity and can age a further 2-4 years. The Casalferro vineyard sits at 400 metres and faces south, southeast in Gaiole in Chianti. The soil is brown with a fine clay structure, very chalky, with a sub alkaline pH and little organic content. It is very stony and well drained.Prices: BC 60.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Torricella Chardonnay di Toscanatext
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Barone Ricasoli Torricella Chardonnay di Toscana 2013

Tuscany, ItalyChardonnay is splashed with 20 percent sauvignon blanc in this creamy, structured Tuscan white. Fifty percent of this wine rests in large wood for six months, while the rest waits in stainless steel, the mix evident in the balance between richness and bright fresh fruit. Fleshy pear, full cream, gentle lemon curd and fragrant white flowers fill the full palate, one grounded in hazelnuts and gently brightened with crystalline lemon. A streak of vanilla sweetness lingers on the finish. Not shy, pour this big boned wine with richer chicken dishes.Prices: QC 26.50 AB 31.00 BC 35.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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Barone Ricasoli Albia Rosé 2014

Tuscany, ItalyWow, a shocking new favourite for me. Tuscan rosé, under Stelvin, am I dreaming? Ricasoli's Albia is merlot based picked earlier and then topped up with sangiovese. It’s as beautiful to the eye as it is to drink. Dry, fragrant, floral savoury, mineral fruit that is fresh as a daisy. Serve all spring and summer on the patio. Bravo Ricasoli.Prices: AB 26.00 BC 26.09 SK 26.00 MB 24.00 QC 23.00 Producer: Barone Ricasoli
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01 February 2016

The Hatch Semillon Sitrus Hill Vineyardtext
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The Hatch Semillon Sitrus Hill Vineyard 2014

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThis organic Osoyoos Sitrus Hill Vineyard semillon carries the grape's characteristic oily sheen, orchard pear, lemon blossom and lime pith, thankfully unmasked by oak. The acidity and vibrancy is a touch muted at this stage, and while it may turn up the volume with rest in bottle, you can easily enjoy this youthful white with tofu or prawn Pad Thai now.Prices: BC 21.99 Producer: Terrabella Wines
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BK Wines One Ball Chardonnaytext
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BK Wines One Ball Chardonnay 2013

Adelaide Hills, Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide (including Mt Lofty Ranges, Fleurieu and Barossa, South Australia, AustraliaNamed in honour of the vineyard owner (yup), this striking upper altitude, organically farmed chardonnay from One Ball Vineyard will cement Adelaide Hills in your mind for cool climate, concentrated and complexed Aussie wines. Of course, a big part of that is Brendon Keys, founder and winemaker of BK Wines, and a leading proponent of hand crafted, site-specific wines from this exciting region. Keys seeks out special sites like this one, across Adelaide Hills. "Made with love, not money", this concentrated chardonnay carries one year in ten percent new French and remainder in two and three-year-old barriques/ puncheons allowing the fruit to strike through the wood with a laser beam of citrus and mineral acidity. Whole bunch pressing and wild yeast (no additives) amps the complexity, with heady orchard pear and apple, lemon, subtle meadow honey, broken stones, roasted nuts and an herbal, earthy cushion of lees to support. With a couple of years under its belt and a nutty, brioche maturity, this is drinking beautifully now, but will continue to mature and deepen with 5+ years. A stunner.Prices: BC 35.00 Producer: BK Wines
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