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Travaglini Gattinara 2013 Neb

Postby Belgian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:37 pm

Travaglini Gattinara 2013 Nebbiolo / Piedmont

Nebbiolo-based wines are a great way to explore the 'serious' wines of Northern Italy, as this the famous grape used in Barolo and Barbaresco reds. This Gattinara has some great years and a number that are less so. The 2013 Travaglini supposedly isn't a standout vintage (I've heard they can be insanely good) but you get to enjoy some Neb grape character & the terroir of the region.

Very smooth drinking with rounded plum-skin tannins, deep dark raspberry, leather, blackcurrant, barely a little tar and some spice. These acidic-sweet fruits flow long over the palate. Makes me want more Nebbiolo from the Piedmont.
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Rhône Vacqueyras 2015

Postby Belgian » Sun Dec 16, 2018 8:22 pm

Belgian in Aug 2018 wrote:
Belgian in 2016 wrote:Les Amouriers Signature Vacqueyras 2012
Another good bottle. Grabbed four more at Weston and 401 today. Left one there for the unsuspecting wine traveler.

In fact, this was a 26.95 wine marked down to 21.25. So I still have half a case (saving close to $46 on the last eight) and this good-value Vacqueyras should age well for a few years if it lasts that long.

Having a 2012 Amouriers Signature now - still aging marvelously with the smoothness and power I would expect. Black cherries and licorice, spice box.

The 2015 is avail now for 28.95, two bucks more (not quite as well-rated as the 2014, which you would think we'd get two years after the 2012. But the '15 is still decently-rated, even if you might want to keep it in the cellar a year or two longer to improve it.

The 2015 is over five bucks off now, and actually very good - a true 'character wine' that needs a few minutes to open up but there's a lot going on here.

Again taste licorice, herbs, a little dry black olive, black-cherry fruit. Long complex cherry/cassis-raisin-tannnin-sweet balsamic finish. Aroma is complicated herb and fruit that is almost berry-cassis-pear compote, hint of barn. Definitely above-par for 23.75 if you want to explore the S Rhone. Cellar time or air should improve.
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Re: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation

Postby portwood » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:08 pm

For those who like to sip their Tequila (rather than getting drunk on shooters) I'd like to bring your attention to Pasote Reposado
LCBO has marked this as a clearance item and reduced the price 25%

good value for a high quality Tequila!
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Re: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation

Postby sofakingdrunk » Sat Dec 22, 2018 6:15 pm

portwood wrote:For those who like to sip their Tequila (rather than getting drunk on shooters) I'd like to bring your attention to Pasote Reposado
LCBO has marked this as a clearance item and reduced the price 25%

good value for a high quality Tequila!



Thx for the heads up....is this the 25% off price? I love a good sipping reposado, I find them much better value than anejo
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Re: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation

Postby portwood » Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:10 pm

sofakingdrunk wrote:
portwood wrote:For those who like to sip their Tequila (rather than getting drunk on shooters) I'd like to bring your attention to Pasote Reposado
LCBO has marked this as a clearance item and reduced the price 25%

good value for a high quality Tequila!



Thx for the heads up....is this the 25% off price? I love a good sipping reposado, I find them much better value than anejo

yes, the original listing was $90 (bought a bottle at that price last yr, worth it for a tequila made using traditional methods - i.e. brick oven, tahona, copper pot)
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Villamont 2015 Burgundy

Postby Belgian » Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:04 pm

Henri de Villamont Bourgogne Chardonnay 2014

A nice little white Burgundy with decent Chardonnay character and some spicy-oaky barrel toast. Not hugely complex but solidly put together.
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Limestone Bench 2016 Spark Riesling

Postby Belgian » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:38 pm

Tawse Spark Limestone Ridge Sparkling Riesling

Here is a sparkling Riesling with good acidity and freshness, tart fruit and apple and some mineral. The acid structure is mouth-watering and Riesling is one of the superstar grapes of Ontario, the Rhineland and Alsace - it likes a cooler climate. Made with the classic bottle-carbonated method, it's a more dry and lean sparkling wine but certainly not dilute. Two bucks off for another week makes this a far better choice than some sparklers under 20 bucks.

Don't forget Perle D'Aurore as well! Happy new year.
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Tawse Quarry 2013 Chard VQA

Postby Belgian » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:54 pm

Tawse Quarry Road Chardonnay 2013 Vinemount Ridge

Here is an impressive barrel-fermented Ontario white behaving a bit like a northern Burgundy wine. The (American oak?) barrel is immediately evident with light coconut, toast and vanilla but not in a brash way, and there's some woody presence. The sweet and tart pale fruit (apple, tropical) is set off by mineral and acidity and some light yeasty/barrel funk and spice. The flavours are fairly big and harmonized and hang on for a long time! The wood and spice lingers. Very solid palate you'd expect of a white made to age 5-6 years.

Not a bad value, maybe I've had slightly better actual Chablis for a higher price of course and I'm sure the oak was in that case 100% French or equivalent. But this is pretty great. Tawse have a hand in growth or production of over-hundred dollar wines in Burgundy so they must have some reference in creating this more accessible Niagara/Vineland Ontario tribute.
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Silvaner Beerenauslese Schmitt '15

Postby Belgian » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:20 pm

Schmitt Söhne Beerenauslese 2015 Silvaner

Well now here's something - A style not quite like an Eiswein, one made with the white Silvaner grape of Franconia. Basically these grapes are picked ('selected berries') later than the general harvest and exhibit greater ripeness and concentration of flavor. There is intense apricot, peach, orange blossom and even some orchard-like earthy funk.

This style can be made from grapes that, like the Sauternes of Bordeaux are affected by the 'noble rot' or Botrytis fungus that magically transforms the grape's chemistry as it tries to defend itself. There is something of that character in this wine (fatness, acidity, mineral, honeyed pale orchard fruits) but of course it's quite different. I'd even say it's a tad rougher than Sauternes (the finish doesn't do nearly as well) but this Schmitt is tasty and has unique charm to it.

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I'd like to try some top-shelf Riesling Beerenauslese based on this experience.
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Sicilain Nero D'avola blend

Postby Belgian » Tue Jan 15, 2019 8:42 pm

Barone Montalto Nero D'Avola Cabernet Ter Sicilane IGT

Here's a basic everyday Red which for the very affordable price does not have all the character ironed out of it, and retains some personality.

Berries and herbs, some plummy fruit sweetness and a little acidity. Decent body and dryness, slight chalky on late finish. Definitely Mediterranean, a little savory meaty and tomato, bare hint of tar.

Slightly warm alcohol - best to cool it to 15ºC. Nothing fancy here, but a great pizza night bottle and it's enjoyable. A buck off for the next few weeks.

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