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Home Wine Ratings January 2010 Wine Ratings

January 2010 Wine Ratings

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90 Southbrook Vineyards Poetica Chardonnay 2007, Niagara-on-the-Lake ($50)
Poetica is the pinnacle of wines made at Southbrook, in all of their vintages. This powerful Chardonnay churns out caramel, toast, apple, lemon and cream on the nose. On the palate it is concentrated and elegant at the same time, with caramel, minerals and spice on the long, crisp finish. Pair it with a scallop and tarragon terrine or poached salmon.


90 Poetica Cabernet Merlot 2007, Niagara-on-the-Lake ($60)
This blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc and 23% Merlot offers up a mélange of coffee, cassis, raspberries, ash and spice. The tannins are firm and somewhat dry, but the finish is long with raspberries, cocoa, cassis, spice and mint qualities. Hold it for a couple of years and enjoy it until 2017. (ES)



91 Garcés Silva Amayna Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Leyda Valley ($29.95)
I visited this winery last year and was very impressed with the quality of their wines. This particular offering has a medium yellow colour with a bouquet of honey, tropical fruit, peach, spice, cream and vanilla. Full bodied, the texture is creamy and it churns out spice, caramel, smoke and caramel on the lengthy finale. It is perfectly suited for lobster.


88 Emiliana Adobe Viognier 2009, Casablanca ($12.95)
This value priced Viognier will be appearing on store shelves this summer, and it is a wine to remember.  It is a pure expression of Viognier, soaring with peach, flowers, honey, yogurt and summer flowers. Although dry, it offers creamy qualities, spice and bananas on the lengthy finish as well as a little spritz.


88 Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca ($12.95)
This is another super value wine from the folks at Emiliana, and one that is a dead ringer for a New Zealand Sauve Blanc. Grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and tomato vine are all present. There is very good length and with a refreshing finish.


87 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2008, Limari Valley ($17.95)
There is a nice toasty/ oaky overlay to the fruit, namely peach, apple and banana. The palate is rather full with caramel, citrus and minerals with a wonderful acidity derived from the grapes being grown in the cooler Limari valley. With very good length, it is perfectly suited for grilled salmon or chicken vol au volent. (ES)


94 Errazuriz Kai Carmenere 2006, Aconcagua ($82)
Kai, in Mapuche (the language of the indigenous people of South America), means plant. By far, this was the best Carmenere that I tried on my visit to Chile last year. Full bodied, concentrated and elegant the bouquet of  smoke, blueberry, coffee, cherry and vanilla were complemented by the sweet berry fruit on the palate and a long cocoa finish. Drink it over the next 10 years. (ES)


92 Garcés Silva Syrah 2008, San Antonio Valley ($29)
A discovery! Syrah loves granite soils, and the vines for this wine have plenty underneath them. The black/purple colour ushers in hickory, blueberry, plums, peppery, violets and coffee. In the mouth, it is the same, as well as having excellent length and a strong undercurrent of tannins. Drink it over the next 5 to 7 years. (ES)

Red.. cont.

88 Concha y Toro Trio Merlot 2008 ($14.95)
Here is a fabulous value out of Chile! Yes, the dominant grape is Merlot, which was sourced from the cool Casablanca area, but as the name denotes, there are two other grapes involved:  Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. It is a black wine which delivers  a sexy plum, cocoa, cherry and spice aromas and flavours, with just the right amount of velvety tannins. This is a mandatory case purchase and should drink well over the next 2 to 3 years. (ES)


88 Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere Peumo Vineyard 2007, Rappel Valley ($19.95)
Opaque black with a pink rim, this wine offers an intense spicy /anise, plum, cherry jam and vanilla nose. Medium bodied with fresh acid, supple tannins and very good length, the wine should last 3 to 4 years, but is ready to drink now with roast pork or a beef and mushroom stew. (ES)



87 Skouras Cuvee Prestige Red Cabernet Sauvignon -St George, Peloponese ($13.35)
An excellent value to be had! The cherry/purple color issues in a bouquet of fresh berries, jam, spice and cocoa. In the mouth it is smooth with just a dash of tannins to be found. The finish is smooth and rich, with berry and cocoa. It is perfect with pasta, pizza or antipasto.


87 Kir-Yianni Paranga, Macedonia ($13.95)
A medium cherry in colour, this assemblage of Xinomavro, Syrah and Merlot reveals a bouquet of dark cherries, plums, spice, chocolate and vanilla. Medium bodied, the plum and spice resonate on the finish, with fresh acid, soft tannins and some heat. Try it with wild boar in a berry sauce or grilled sausages.



91 Domaine Sigalas Santorini 2008 ($25.35)
This blend of Assyrtiko and Athiri, two of Santorini’s finest whites, has produced a powerful nose of minerals, flint, honey, incense, green apple and white peaches. It is medium to full bodied with loads of fresh acid and minerals on the palate. Enjoying excellent length, it is delightfully suited for grilled barbounia (red mullet), sardeles (sardines) or even pork souvlaki.


89 Domaine Tselepos Amalia Brut NV ($24.95)
What a discovery!  I would gladly drink this bubbly, any day of the week, rather than an overpriced non vintage Champagne. Named for Yannis Tselepos’ wife, this traditional method bubbly is made from 100% Moscofilero, and it sings with a fragrance of peaches, flowers, honey, green apple and hints of yeast. Small creamy bubbles caress the palate and the finish is long. (ES)


86 Skouras Cuvee Prestige White Moscofilero-Roditis 2008, Peloponnese ($13.35)
This is an easy drinking white that serves up a bouquet of peaches, vanilla cream and green apples. Dry and crisp with medium length, it features a hint of pineapple and caramel on the finale.It is ideally suited for appetizers.


86 Boutari Lac Des Roches 2008, Peloponnese ($13.80)
The name might be French, but this wine is 100% Greek through and through. Made from Savatiano, the wine reveals vanilla custard, green apple and grapefruit. Easy drinking, it offers peach and green apple on the finale, with a somewhat creamy texture.



86 Monsoon Valley Blended Red 2008, Chao Phraya Delta ($12.75)
Yes, this is a Thai wine. A blend of the indigenous Podkum grape and Shiraz, the wine offers a cherry candy, cocoa and caramel nose and berry fruit on the palate. Medium length, it will work well with pad thai or tomato based dishes. (ES)


Wine Facts

Dom Perignon (1638-1715), the Benedictine Abbey (at Hautvillers) cellar master who is generally credited with “inventing” the Champagne making process, was blind.