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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Tasting Notes

Tastings: May 2016

03 May 2016

Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Los Quillayes Vineyardtext
89PTS

Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Los Quillayes Vineyard 2012

Valle del Maipo, Region del Valle Central, ChileClassic Maipo here from its bay leaf nose to its stony mineral red fruit finish. In between there is a whack of fresh cedar, smoky resiny black cherry fruit with a bit of chocolate, dried crushed leaf and firm but controlled tannin. Made for grilled lamb when young and better beef cuts as it ages. Needs extra bottle time but otherwise well done.Prices: BC 19.79 Producer: Vina Carmen
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Carmen Winemaker's Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blendtext
92PTS

Carmen Winemaker's Red Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2010

Valle del Maipo, Region del Valle Central, ChileWinemaker’s Red is a lively expression of the Alto Maipo Valley with its aromatic notes of cedar, bay leaf and red fruit aromas. More cassis and cedar with bits of cigar, mints and cherries mark the long elegant mid-palate and persistent, almost Bordelais, finish. Perfect tannin management makes this drinkable now but you could wait a decade. Good value.Prices: BC 36.99 Producer: Vina Carmen
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Continuum 2012

Napa Valley, California, United StatesIt was a perfect year on Pritchard Hill and the 2012 is all Pritchard Hill (Oakville) fruit now in its 21 year. This is a terrific bottle of wine whose quality reflects a sorting of the lots that eliminated (declassified) thirty percent of the wine. Tim Mondavi continues the journey and while his style remains focused there’s some irony in that this exquisite, restrained (for Napa) red with a bit of a Euro bent is now much more widely accepted by the American press and public. Too bad they didn’t think that way in the 1980s when shunned Tim’s ‘elegant’ wines ne might still be at Robert Mondavi with his family. Enjoy this silky, plummy red fruited blend that is long on polish and restraint. Mineral, complex and persistent this is all it can be and more. The 2012 is a 78/11/6/5/ mix of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot. A warmer, drier more normal year with almost no heat spikes brought the harvest five days earlier than normal. Cellar through 2020 and then drink slowly over the next decade.Prices: BC 229.99 AB 219.19 ON 319.99 Producer: Continuum Estate
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Monte Creek Ranch Hands Up Red (GOW)text
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Monte Creek Ranch Hands Up Red (GOW) 2014

British Columbia, CanadaMarquette, Frontenac noir, cabernet sauvignon and merlot come together in this thick, almost muddled red blend, one rife with dried cherry, red florals, hickory and steak spice. A very hot and early vintage appears in the over-ripeness of this Thompson Valley full bodied-red. Ready to drink.Prices: BC 15.50 Producer: Monte Creek Ranch
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Kim Crawford Corner 50 Vineyard Small Parcels Merlot Cabernettext
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Kim Crawford Corner 50 Vineyard Small Parcels Merlot Cabernet 2013

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New ZealandPart of Kim Crawford's premier "Small Parcels" tier, this opaque and thick Hawke's Bay merlot is doused with 28 percent cabernet sauvignon. Ample wood is evident from the start, with fourteen months in French and American oak, 31% of which was new. Black cherry and kirsch aromas continue on the full bodied palate, along with bitter black chocolate, mint, dried blackberry and fruitcake. The wood tannins are strident, propping up the ripe, weighted fruit before a black espresso finish. A bit clumsy, best poured with rich short ribs and mashed root vegetables.Prices: BC 31.99 Producer: Kim Crawford Wines
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02 May 2016

Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezionetext
90PTS

Castello di Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2012

Tuscany, ItalyBellezza Gran Selezione is the top red at Gabbiano. The nose is a melange of oak and chocolate and toast with leather red fruit nuances. The entry is silky soft and round on the palate with an intense cherry, chocolate, leather flavours flecked with earth and spice and adequate acidity. A serious red that needs another five years in bottle to reach its potential. Steak anyone.Prices: AB 40.00 BC 45.00 ON 40.00 NF 40.00 MB 45.00 QC 45.00 Producer: Castello di Gabbiano
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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Il Cavalieretext
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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Il Cavaliere 2014

Tuscany, ItalyLovely fresh red fruit sangiovese nose with a touch of sour plum. Fresh cherries on the palate with a touch of grilled mushroom and little or no tannins. Ready to drink and a pizza red you want to have with pizza. Super value.Prices: BC 13.29 AB 14.00 SK 15.00 MB 14.00 ON 14.00 QC 14.60 NS 16.00 NB 15.00 PEI 16.00 NF 15.00 Producer: Castello di Gabbiano
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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riservatext
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Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2013

Tuscany, ItalyFirm young dry juicy style with a little less fruit and a little more earth on the nose and palate. The 'classico' moniker seems to dry out the mid-palate where tannins sit over the fruit. Solid mid-week sangiovese that could use a bit more fruit. Serve with a pasta in a tomato meat sauce to best effect.Prices: ON 23.00 QC 23.00 SK 22.50 MB 23.00 NB 26.00 AB 19.00 Producer: Castello di Gabbiano
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Sette Ponti Crognolo 2012

Tuscany, ItalyCrognolo (the wild bush) is an oaked aged IGT of predominantly sangiovese 90 with a small amount of merlot 10. The palate is silky with warm, spicy, fruit flavours with a hint of earth. Long persistent red with dark, ripe cherries, licorice and dried herbs. The oak is in balance adding weight and balance to the finish. Serve this with grill lamb for a great match.Prices: BC 38.99 ON 34.95 AB 37.00 QC 30.00 MB 42.00 Producer: Tenuta Sette Ponti
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