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Haute Févre Muscadet Sur Lie 2017

Postby Belgian » Tue May 14, 2019 4:03 pm

Domaine La Haute Févrie Sur Lie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2017

This is a simpler, gentler white wine than yesterday's Greco Bianco, showing more minerally stone and herbs; instead of lemon curd and tart tropical the fruit is more tart orchard fruit and a whiff of melon, good moderate acidity and a little honeyed fresh citrus.

Has Brioche-like yeast accent. Aromas are reserved and pleasant, the tinge of herbs recalling a hot summer meadow. Fairly dry. Has a bit of spritz to it, nice easy classic wine for seafood.
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Cariñena Reserva 2011 Deal

Postby Belgian » Thu May 16, 2019 1:59 am

Monasterio de las Viñas Gran Reserva 2011 Tempranillo Blend

This is a well-matured Spanish Red made of Garanacha (Grenache) + Tempranillo + Carignan. The cork is not perfectly seated, just barely sticking out and the fit seems not very tight, so immediately I worry. The wine itself initially seems a bit short and tight, very dry and attenuated, and possibly has a whiff of Brett-like herbal. But wait! There's some really great dark fruit and mineral/salty/tar elements emerging. This is what you get when wines mature, you get 'something else' and in this case there's some actual character in the tradeoff.

The tannins and acidity have a slight leafy and green apple peel quality. Has the playful Spanish spiciness of the Tempranillo and Carignan, dry minty herbals, and the Grenache black and sour cherry fruit. Interesting chocolate, earthy tobacco and umami. I get some nicely integrated vanilla oak.

I get the feeling this wine has definitely peaked so you're getting quite a deal with the $2.00 off right now. Just expect something interesting and not something really symmetrical, rounded and perfect as some modern Cali thing. This is fine stuff.
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Mas des Tannes debacle

Postby Belgian » Fri May 17, 2019 11:48 pm

Mas des Tannes Rouge 2017 -note this product is mis-listed by the LCBO, as the listing describes it having Grenache Mourvèdre and Carignan but the label says the wine contains Grenache, Merlot and Syrah.

We were I guess supposed to get this one. We got the Classique not the Rouge.

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This is a biodynamic winemaker that sometimes labels its wines as having no added sulfites, as a mark of pride and the LC did not like that for some reason so maybe this resulted in the delayed release and the switched product. The DECANTER 90 Point Score sticker covers the label that says NO SULPHITES. Well, all wine has some naturally-occurring sulfites as anyone with a sensitivity would know. But nanny state.

After all this hassle I bet we never see this winemaker in Ontario again, so if you were curious to try by all accounts it's a good product.
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Lionheart = Shiraz from Dondelion

Postby Belgian » Sat May 18, 2019 10:21 pm

Dandelion Vineyards Lionheart of the Barossa Shiraz 2017

Here is a nice South Australian Shiraz with the almost expected crushed ripe blackberry opulent and coated with chocolate mocha tones. What is different for me is it opens a bit like a Cabernet with some wooly and herbal presence, almost slightly green yet not quite, some mint and plum. There is warm spice and white pepper. The aroma is simple I guess.

It's a full, subtle and round new-world wine with a lot going on, and here you can try the 2017 vintage in the half-bottle size; regular size bottles are on sale two dollars off, not sure what vintage (hey thanks, Vintages!) but the lauded 2015 is sold as a magnum for a good price. I may try more of these.
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Mas des Tannes 2017 Red

Postby Belgian » Sat May 18, 2019 11:39 pm

Mas des Tannes Rouge 2017

Here is the confusing wine posted earlier, I will believe it is what the label says - grapes are Grenache, Merlot and Syrah. This Languedoc red is different than a typical Rhône blend thanks to the more Bordeaux-typical Merlot, and it's a very polished wine for the price. Red and black fruit, licorice and herbs. Nicely dry tannins and ample yet balanced sweetness. A bit of vanilla and chocolate, maybe from the oak and Syrah.

Also, no sulfites were added to process the wine, allowing it to retain its natural character so much as possible. You can discover this information on an older sticker by peeling away the newer Decanter 90 points sticker covering the NO SULFITES sticker. It's bonus entertainment.

So you can probably drink this unkess you are very sulfites-intolerant, which case you likely avoid all wine - I guess that's the point.
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Echeverria Limited '14 Cab

Postby Belgian » Sun May 19, 2019 6:39 pm

Echeverria Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Right off the bat this Maipo Valey Chilean Cab Sauv seems surprisingly light and graceful, Cans can be beefy, but there's a lot of herbs and tobacco that rush in alongside the black cassis and tart-sweet blackberry. Hints of bell pepper, actually a roasty sweet-savoury pepper flavour. Leafy dryness and palate-smacking tannins that are just beginning to soften. Some mint and earth and leather. Good style.

Not really a huge wine for 29.95, no but not too dilute, the quality is still there. It's an interestingly imperfect vintage from a part of the world that produces new-world wines that hold on to some old-world character.

I wonder if this would develop more nice leathery-meaty quailites with years on the bottle.
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