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September 2009 Wine Ratings

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Argentina

88 Luigi Bosca Malbec Reserva 2006,  Lujan de Cuyo ($17.95)
Made from 70 year old vines, this is an elegant Malbec which reveals a perfume of raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, Greek oregano, cinnamon and cocoa. Tannins are supple and the finish lengthy, so drink over the next 3 years. (ES)

 

Australia

85 Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2005, South Australia ($16.95)
Black center with a cherry rim. Eucalyptus, licorice, damson plum and a myriad of other dark fruits waft over the senses. Soft texture and ready to drink. (ES)

 

Chile

85 Miguel Torres Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006 ($14.95)
Opaque black with a purple rim, it delivers herbs, mint, blackcurrant juice, spice and scorched earth. There is a slight bitter edge and some heat, some grill up some Italian sausage and enjoy. (ES)

 

Canada

White

88 Hillebrand Showcase Riesling Ghost Creek Vineyard 2008, Four Mile Creek ($25)
Peach, lime, mineral, smoky minerals and hints of arugala are built on a medium bodied frame.  It is backed up by zingy acidity. The finish is lengthy with a core of minerals dancing across the palate and a hint of residual sugar on the finale. Try with Comté or Mimolette cheese. (ES)

 

88 Hidden Bench Estate Riesling 2008, Beamsville Bench ($26)
After thirty minutes in the glass, the peach jam, lime cordial and flowers start to explode. In the mouth, it is mid weight and dry. Citrus zest and acidity come to bear on the finish, as well as an undercurrent of fresh peach. 

 

88 Hidden Bench Tête de Cuvée Chardonnay 2006 ($45)
Within the bouquet of apple, lemon, honey, banana and spice, a touch of V.A. can be detected, giving extra complexity. Even though the wine has a creamy texture, having gone through malolactic, a beautiful spine of acid is found. Very good length with a spicy mid palate.

 

88 Hidden Bench Nuit Blanche 2007 Rosomel Vineyard 2007, Beamsville Bench ($40)
This current rendition of this wine spent 10 months in barrel and is a blend of 88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon. Smokey herbs, nuts, grapefruit, passion fruit, asparagus, toast and vanilla are all found on the nose. In the mouth, it is all about gooseberry, grapefruit, spice and vanilla. Try with sautéed pork tenderloin and swiss chard in a béchamel sauce

 

87 Hidden Bench Estate Chardonnay 2007, Beamsville Bench ($35)
Medium yellow colour with a very Meursault nose of toasted hazelnuts, smoke, butter, vanilla and green apple. The palate emulates the nose, finishing on a spicy edge. Very good length. Drink over the next 3 years.

87 Trius White 2008, Ontario ($19.95)
Take 1/3 parts each of Gewurz and Riesling, add a good dose of Pinot Gris and season it with some Savagnin, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and you have the latest vintage of Trius White. Flavours of peach, lychee, melon, spice, honey and flowers are built on a medium bodied frame. The finish is creamy and smokey thanks to barrel aging.

 

87 Rosehall Run Chardonnay Rosehall Vineyard 2007, Prince Edward County ($29.95)
This is a mid weight Chardonnay that was aged in new and old oak and given a sur lie treatment for ten months as means to give more complexity and weight. The nose is marked by toasty/roasted nuts, vanilla, green apples and pineapple. In the mouth, the wine turns elegant with a creamy texture and flavours of vanilla, green apple and honey on the finale. Very good length. (ES)

 

86 Black Prince Melon de Bourgogne 2008, Prince Edward County
Black Prince’s Melon (the grape of Muscadet) is true to its varietal nature-minerals, citrus and green apple. Light bodied with vibrant acidity, it is a perfect match with a chilled seafood platter and mignonette on the side. (ES)

 

88 Hidden Bench Estate Pinot Noir 2007, Beamsville Bench ($45)
Medium cherry colour with a pink rim. Flattering aromas of plum, violet, smoke, raspberry and black cherries lead into a supple texture and an earthy/cherry laden finish. From 2010 to 2013.

 

86 Inniskillin Cabernet Franc Varietal Series 2007, Niagara ($13.50)
An easy drinking Franc which displays a bouquet of violets, raspberries, plums, cocoa, smoky herbs and spice. The tannins are soft, the fruit is ripe and lingers. Try with some aged Canadian Cheddar or penne cacciatore. (ES)

 

Germany

92 Markus Molitor Riesling Kabinett Wehlener Sonnenheur 2007, Mosel ($24.95)
I had the chance to visit this property a few years back, and their devotion to quality showed in all the wines, from the early 90s to 2006. Well, 2007 continues the hot streak, and this wine delivers a rather deep straw yellow colour (for a Kabinett) and a huge perfume of peach, pineapple, spice, yeast, and minerals. It is medium to full bodied with loads of zippy lime acidity backing up the moderate sweetness. The aftertaste is long and there is easily 10 to 15 years ahead for this beauty.

 

Spain

88 Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005, Penedes ($18.95)
Packs a good punch and is a solid value for under $20. The deep cherry colour leads into an aromatic mix of spiced plums, cassis, ground espresso beans, roasted herbs and vanilla. There is some heat on the finish, which combined with the tannin signals that this wine should be held until 2010 and drunk until 2014. Try it this winter with a slow braised beef brisket.

 

Wine Facts

Although “château” means castle, it may also be a mansion or a little house next to a vineyard that meets the requirements for winemaking with storage facilities on its property.