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90/100 Masi Costasera Amarone Classico 2006
Veneto, Italy


Big smoky oak, vanilla, peppery, roast meat, clove, rosemary, tobacco, barnyard, black cherry, menthol, resin aromas. Rich, round, supple, slightly sweet entry with light tannins. Very meaty, smoky, plum, cherry jam, menthol, tobacco leaf, gamey, dried herb, black olive, rooty flavours. Good textures and length, just enough fresh acidity to balance the warmth. Will improve with 2-4 years aging.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $47.00 (750 ml) private wine stores; BC $46.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; MB $93.00 (750 ml); ON $37.00 (750 ml) Vintages; QC $40.00 (750 ml)
CSPC: 317057;   UPC: 008002062000051
Producer: Masi Agricola
Distributor: Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants
 

0/100 Masi Campofiorin Ripasso 1997
Verona, Veneto, Italy


Corked.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: US $45.00 (1500 ml) estimated retail
CSPC: 155051;   UPC: 8002062000068
Producer: Masi Agricola
Distributor: Authentic Wine and Spirits Merchants
 

88/100 Langmeil Three Gardens SMG 2006
Barossa Valley, South Australia, Australia


Rich peppery, coffee, black cherry, plum, liquorice, tobacco, minty, meaty, barnyard aromas. Round, supple, fresh, warm palate with spicy, peppery, smoky, black cherry jam, plum, tobacco, minty, resin, liquorice, herbal tea flavours. Finish is a bit fresh and warm but there is fine fruit intensity. It’s new World Oz shiraz.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by ST
Prices: AB $23.00 (750 ml) fine wine boutiques; BC $25.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; ON $22.00 (750 ml)
CSPC: 640821;   UPC: 66780067039
Producer: Langmeil Winery
Distributor: Trialto Wine Group Ltd.
 

86/100 The Elegant Ocker Shiraz Cabernet 2008
McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia


The Elegant Ocker is a joint venture between Kangarilla Road and Vancouver-based Whitefish Group. The blend is 75/25 shiraz cabernet, a reversal of the traditional cabernet sauvignon/shiraz blend all aged in French and American oak barriques. Big soft oaky dense fruit coats your palate with a sheen of acidity. Classic New Wave Oz with that sweet and sour tone throughout. Best with smoky barbecued beef.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $15.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 454587;   UPC: 09326637006088
Producer: Kangarilla Road
Distributor: Icon Fine Wine and Spirits
 

87/100 Glimmer of Hope Shiraz 2008
South Australia, Australia


This all McLaren Vale red is rich and dense looking with deep colour and a powerful nose of chocolate and red fruit. The palate is awash in blueberries, spice and chocolates with a pinch of acidity poking through. It does deliver the goods for the price and should be a hit with Oz shiraz fans.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $15.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 585208;   UPC: 00621926400028
Producer: Kangarilla Road
Distributor: Icon Fine Wine and Spirits
 

87/100 Sumac Ridge Tribute Private Reserve Méthode Classique N/V
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Lots of fine, foamy mousse. Light nutty, green apple, floral, citrus, melon aromas. Crisp, slightly sweet entry with some good but foamy mousse. Baked pear, apple skin, honey, butter, toasty, citrus flavours. Finish is a bit bitter but quite nutty with decent persistence. Solid effort
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $30.00 (750 ml); BC $30.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; ON $30.00 (750 ml)
UPC: 0063657020111
Producer: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
Distributor: Constellation Brands
 

88/100 Sumac Ridge Tribute Gold Méthode Classique N/V
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Excellent refined mousse, quite continuous. Floral, pear, baked apple, grapefruit, lemon, spicy nose with light toast. Rich, round, off dry palate with citrus rind, baked apple skin, ripe pear, mineral, buttery, nutty flavours. A full bodied style that is slightly drier and richer than the normal Tribute.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $50.00 (750 ml) private wine stores; BC $50.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
UPC: 0063657022443
Producer: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
Distributor: Constellation Brands
 

86/100 Rodney Strong Russian River Pinot Noir Estate Vineyards 2008
Russian River, Sonoma County, California, United States


Big smoky oak, coffee, vanilla, clove, cherry, caraway, cedar aromas. Round, supple, dry, full bodied style but elegant. Very smoky oak, vanilla, coconut, clove, cherry jam, roasted style. What happen to the pinot noir. To oaky to show much if any pinot character.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $28.00 (750 ml) fine wine boutiques; BC $28.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; ON $25.00 (750 ml) consignment - Mark Anthony Wine Merchants; US $19.00 (750 ml) retail
CSPC: 545343;   UPC: 087512927957
Producer: Rodney Strong Vineyards
Distributor: Mark Anthony Wine Merchants
 

84/100 Summerhill Cipes Rosé N/V
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Light mousse. Pear, biscuit, floral, earthy, citrus aromas. Fresh, crisp, very slightly sweet entry with light, foamy mousse. Red apple, pear, citrus, honey, floral flavours with a touch of bitter citrus rind on the finish. Simple, fresh, easy style. Solid value here. Certified organic.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG
Prices: BC $30.00 (750 ml) speculative listing - Renaissance Wine Merchants
CSPC: 978064;   UPC: 779000138685
Producer: Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Distributor: Renaissance Wine Merchants Ltd.
 

88/100 L'Acadie Vineyards Prestige Brut 2006
Nova Scotia, Canada


Light fine mousse. Nutty, honey, earthy, toasty, candied apple, very mature nose. Fresh, somewhat austere style with light brut sweetness. Very toasty, cashew, honey, citrus, baked pear, soapy floral flavours. A bit bitter on the finish but solid, mature style if a bit oxidative. Bring on the next vintage.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: NS $40.00 (750 ml) winery direct
UPC: 00812554000968
Producer: L'Acadie Vineyards
Distributor: Winery Direct
 

84/100 Firesteed Pinot Noir 2007
Oregon, United States


Meaty, smoky, pruny, earthy, tobacco, stewed rhubarb, barnyard, aromas. Dry, elegant, slightly tight palate with cedar, tobacco, earthy, pruny, cranberry, rhubarb, herbal celery flavours. Not much intensity here and lack of fruit.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG
Prices: AB $23.00 (750 ml) fine wine boutiques; BC $23.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; MB $20.00 (750 ml); NB $25.00 (750 ml); NS $20.00 (750 ml)
CSPC: 361782;   UPC: 753526100005
Producer: Firesteed Cellars
Distributor: Select Wines & Spirits
 

87/100 Montalto Pinot Grigio Vino Spumante Brut N/V
Sicily, Italy


Light mousse. Pear, biscuit, floral, earthy, citrus aromas. Fresh, crisp, very slightly sweet entry with light, foamy mousse. Red apple, pear, citrus, honey, floral flavours with a touch of bitter citrus rind on the finish. Simple, fresh, easy style. Solid value here.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $18.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 791947;   UPC: 008030423002741
Producer: Barone Montalto
Distributor: Select Wines & Spirits
 

84/100 Oak Bay Northern Lights 2006
East Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Deep ruby rose colour with large mousse. Very earthy, leesy, toasty, tobacco, cherry, almond skin aromas. Foamy, somewhat off dry palate that is showing substantial maturity with buttery, vanilla, tobacco, earthy, oxidative, cooked cherry flavours.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $28.00 (750 ml) winery direct, VQA and private wine shops
UPC: 00625259390063
Producer: St. Hubertus Estate Winery
Distributor: Harvest Select Wines; St. Hubertus Vineyard
 

88/100 Ara Pathway Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand


Big grapefruit, gooseberry, passion fruit, canned jalapeno, lemon nettle aromas. Round, fresh, elegant palate with good acidity and a touch of sweetness. Grapefruit rind, gooseberry, canned jalapeno, asparagus, passion fruit, zesty flavours. Good intensity if a bit herbal but it is classic Marlborough. Bring on the mussels.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $18.00 (750 ml) speculative listing - Select Wine Merchants
UPC: 9421900742103
Producer: Winegrowers of Ara
Distributor: Charton-Hobbs
 

86/100 Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2005
Veneto, Italy


Peppery, meaty, chocolate, tobacco nose with black cherry, black olive, rooty aromas. Round, dry, fresh and supple on the palate with very light tannins. Black cherry, cola, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, cedar bark, tobacco leaf. Looks more like an Oz wine than an Italian Valpolicella.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $30.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 540088;   UPC: 791836016050
Producer: Igino Accordini
Distributor: Vino Allegro Wine Imports Inc.
 

91/100 Accordini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Le Bessole 2004
Veneto, Italy


Peppery, floral, chocolate, meaty, plum, black cherry, liquorice root and Christmas cake aromas. Round, supple, forward palate with light, grainy tannins. Tobacco, coffee, vanilla, black cherry, plum, orange peel, kirsch, peppery, meaty flavours. Quite elegant despite the warmth and somewhat fresh finish. Will improve with 3-5 years in bottle. Fine quality.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $60.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; BC $35.00 (750 ml) speculative listing - Vino Allegro; MB $55.00 (750 ml)
CSPC: 573485;   UPC: 791836015053
Producer: Igino Accordini
Distributor: Vino Allegro Wine Imports Inc.
 

89/100 Pfaffenheim Gewurztraminer 2008
Alsace, France


Nutty, spicy, honey, apricot, lychee, ginger aromas. Fresh, round, slightly fat entry but good acidity and sugar balance. Baked pear, honey, apricot, lychee, sausage meat and ginger flavours with a lemon, orange finish. Good intensity and value.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $20.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 612119;   UPC: 3185132280265
Producer: Cave Vinicole de Pfaffenheim & Gueberschwihr
Distributor: Charton-Hobbs
 

88/100 Louis Bouillot Perle Rare Crémant de Bourgogne 2006
Burgundy, France


Bright floral, lemon, toasty nose with, butter, honey, grapefruit, green apple skin notes. Fresh, crisp, off-dry style with solid, somewhat foamy mousse. Green apple, lime, honey, butter, waxy, toasty, baked pear flavours. There is fine intensity and complexity with just hint of bitterness on the finish.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $26.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; QC $20.00 (750 ml)
CSPC: 137893;   UPC: 03174470080156
Producer: Louis Bouillot
Distributor: Charton-Hobbs
 

88/100 CedarCreek Gewürztraminer 2009
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Floral, grapefruit, orange, sausage meat, ginger, spicy nose. Fresh, juicy, slightly sweet palate with grapefruit, mineral, ginger, green apple, spicy, lychee flavours. Simple, fresh, citrusy style with good varietal character.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $18.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 240978;   UPC: 778913029059
Producer: CedarCreek Estate Winery
Distributor: Vintage West Wine Marketing
 

88/100 Dr. L Riesling 2008
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany


Floral, red apple, citrus, matchstick, mango and slate aromas. Fresh, crisp, somewhat sweet but elegant and delicate. Slate, lime, mango, white peach, floral, red apple flavours. Good juicy finish with a touch of granny smith. Ready to drink.
Tasted: 2010-04-04 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $17.50 (750 ml) private wine shops; BC $19.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; ON $15.00 (750 ml) Vintages
CSPC: 599274;   UPC: 00183103000013
Producer: Weingut Dr. Loosen
Distributor: Select Wines & Spirits
 

85/100 Castillo de Monséran Garnacha 2008
Cariñena, Aragon, Spain


Very floral, cherry jam, raspberry, peppery, spicy nose, very pure and clean. Fresh, round, dry, supple palate with peppery, liquorice, orange, raspberry and mint flavours. Finish is a bit tart but has great fruit for current consumption. Continued good value.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $11.00 (750 ml); BC $11.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; MB $11.00 (750 ml); QC $9.05 (750 ml)
CSPC: 197806;   UPC: 3378630306227
Producer: Castillo de Monséran
Distributor: Mark Anthony Wine Merchants
 

87/100 Rustico Farm Farmer's Daughter Dry Gewurztraminer 2007
Golden Mile Bench, Oliver, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada


Open spicy, floral, ginger, lychee, perfumed aromatic nose. Soft, round, dry, somewhat light palate with mineral, rose petal, lychee, ginger, apple skin and earth flavours. Great intensity but needs a bit more fatness as it is slightly austere. Hopefully next version will be under screwcap.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $18.00 (750 ml) winery direct
UPC: 00626990098720
Producer: Rustico Farm and Cellars
Distributor: Winery Direct
 

83/100 Secco Bertani Valpolicella Valpantena 2006
Veneto, Italy


Spicy, menthol, meaty, cherry jam, gamey, Band-Aid aromas. Round, dry, soft palate but fresh with meaty, smoky, resin, barnyard, Band-Aid bretty notes. Balance is okay but this is highly Brett contaminated.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $23.00 (750 ml) specialty listing; QC $18.95 (750 ml)
CSPC: 012443;   UPC: 8008326143151
Producer: Bertani
Distributor: Grady Wine Marketing
 

86/100 Castillo de Monséran Old Vine Garnacha 2006
Cariñena, Aragon, Spain


Open peppery, liquorice, black cherry, orange, cedar, floral, slightly meat nose. Dry, fresh, slightly tight entry with cedar, tobacco, cherry, raspberry, liquorice, clove, vanilla, earthy, floral flavours. Good fruit but could use a bit more extract to balance the acidity. Still good value.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: AB $14.00 (750 ml) private wine stores; BC $14.00 (750 ml) speculative listing - Mark Anthony Brands
CSPC: 197806;   UPC: 3378630306223
Producer: Castillo de Monséran
Distributor: Mark Anthony Wine Merchants
 

88/100 Progenie Brut Nature de Vistalba Vino Espumante N/V
Vistalba District, Luján de Cuyo, Northern Region, Mendoza, Argentina


Big citrus, floral, honey, biscuity nose with nutty, quince aromas. Lots of somewhat foamy mousse with nutty, buttery, biscuit, citrus, baked pear, apple skin and quince flavours. Quite dry with good acidity and extract if a little coarse on the finish. A fine effort.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $55.00 (750 ml) speculative listing - Patagonia Imports
UPC: 007798121940642
Producer: Bodega Vistalba (Carlos Pulenta)
Distributor: Patagonia Imports Ltd.
 

87/100 Louis Bouillot Perle d'Aurore Rosé Crémant de Bourgogne 2006
Burgundy, France


Pale orange salmon colour. Very floral, raspberry, cherry, mineral, liquorice aromas with a nutty edge. Bubbles are light and slightly foamy. On the palate it is a sweeter brut style with very fresh acidity and tobacco, cherry, strawberry, liquorice and mineral flavours. A bit heavy on the finish but with some attractive fruit.
Tasted: 2010-04-03 by AG-ST
Prices: BC $26.00 (750 ml) specialty listing
CSPC: 494856;   UPC: 03174470080187
Producer: Louis Bouillot
Distributor: Charton-Hobbs
 

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