On October 1st.
Vintages releases a few “muscular” wines from around the globe, plus the
board focuses on Piedmont’s Barolo and Barberesco wines from the highly
touted 2000 vintage. Here are a few of my thoughts and opinions on some
of the wines that will be available.
537175 LAKEVIEW CELLARS PINOT NOIR ‘BUTLER'S GRANT' 2002 $13.95,
Lakeview wines have always impressed me with their decent quality and
fair pricing structure. This light ruby Pinot is no exception. It shows
notes of leather, cherry, sawdust and chocolate. The finish echoes the
fruit and it leaves with an earthy note.
222877 CAYMUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 $94.95, Napa Valley
Heaps of sweet, creamy oak, a solid layer of Ribena and dusty powdered
chocolate combine forming the principal aromas on the nose. Its palate
is jam-packed with dark fruit, plum, silky tannin and Thai basil.
Although it is nice right now, sometime spent snoozing would prove
711663 CAYMUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SPECIAL SELECTION' 2002 $159.95,
The step up in the price from this wine’s baby bro could be justified by
the increased intensity of all the factors that contribute to crafting a
great wine. The colour is denser and opaque; the nose is full of
blackcurrant, dark berry, iodine, ink and sweet spice. Its balance is
amazing, the structure is sturdy and the finish is tight, full and
694356 KLINKER BRICK OLD VINE
ZINFANDEL 2001 $24.95, Lodi
I have never had this wine before and virgin Zinfandel always gets me
going. This one exhibits a nice dark silky ruby garnet robe. Pickled
ginger, briar, red fruit, vanilla, milk chocolate and sweet cake candy
provide an alluring aroma. The fruit on the palate shines through, but
there is a slight degree of heat that becomes the last standing note to
the finish. Sadly this is a $15.00 wine in the US, but, regardless, I am
going to bite the bullet, it is decent stuff.
998666 LAFOND 'SRH' PINOT NOIR
2003 $25.95, Santa Rita Hills
Here is a wine with a deep ruby/purple colour that suggests a wine with
a solid structure. It bears aromas of iodine, cough syrup, damp straw,
stewed fruit and medicinal compound. Although there is fruit on the
palate, this, to me, is hard to perceive as a Pinot.
975359 VIÑA CARMEN 'NATIVA' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 $18.95, Maipo
A sweet and perfume laden nose opens further to show notes of spearmint,
lavender, cake spice and sweet ripe blueberries. Its texture is fleshy
with sweet fruit, decent acids and mint. Very different.
657114 LINGENFELDER 'FOX LABEL' DORNFELDER 2002 $14.95, Pfalz,
For those that love lots of sweet cherry, balsawood, simple syrup and
candy flavours in their wine, this is one for you.
A few notes on some of the Barolo and Barberesco release
586321 BOSCO MALERA BAROLO 'LA LOGGIA' 2000 $29.95
A decent price for a lighter style Barolo that features pretty notes of
plum, dried apricot and peach. It has some tar qualities and the spicy
finish leaves a cocoa texture on the tongue.
945832 BURLOTTO BAROLO 'CANNUBI' 2000 $59.95
This fleshy nose of plum, damson, red berry, geranium and cedar carries
its flavours right across the palate. Great structure and balance to
this wine. Again a little dusty cocoa in the finish.
979146 CA'ROME DI ROMANO MARENGO BARBARESCO 'SORI RIO SORDO' 2000
An intriguing nose of coffee, tar, plum spice and cherry cola promises
lots and it delivers. It is elegant, yet powerful on the palate. The
finish offers plenty of refreshing pluot sweetness and dark berry
acidity. Good stuff.
586354 CABUTTO BAROLO 'VIGNA LA VOLTA' 2000 $57.95
At present this is really very youthful as it struggles to come
together. There is plenty of sweet vanilla, dark fruit, crocus and
mineral. It is extremely full; with a healthy kick of tannin that once
settled, it should unveil a stellar wine.
586289 CANTINA TERRE DEL BAROLO BAROLO 2000 $41.95
The fruit is rather light, there are floral notes, sweet dusty spice and
slate. It is gentle on the palate and it does finish with clean and
pretty fruit flavours.
943290 FONTANAFREDDA BAROLO 'SERRALUNGA D'ALBA' 2000 $45.95
Lots of ripe fruit aromas jump from the glass along with Asian spice,
milk chocolate and dried petals. It is fairly full on the palate, it
shows some underbrush, a nice velvety texture, but it does not have the
concentration of the rest of the bunch.
652479 MASSOLINO LANGHE NEBBIOLO 2000 $29.95
A nice wine that reflects aromas of sweet chocolate, plum, coffee
grounds, vanilla and a dense layer of fresh picked flowers. There is
little tannin to distract. The finish has crisp acids, ripe black fruit
and a more refined chocolate note than I find on the nose.
734293 PAOLO CONTERNO BAROLO 'GINESTRA' 2000 $52.95
Sweet spices, pipe tobacco, dark bitter chocolate, fleshy fruit and
leafy notes on the nose. The palate is fruit laden and silky. The finish
is rather sweet at this point in time, but it is damn tasty.
947465 PIO CESARE BARBARESCO 2000 $69.95
The rim shows a light rusty brown edge. Aromas of cooked fruit, with
sweet spice, saddle leather; coffee, liquorish root and puffball (fried
in bacon fat) flow from the glass. It shows off its fruit nicely on the
tongue and the finish is killer.
736587 PIO CESARE BAROLO 2000 $69.95
It is hard to do a wine justice with one simple statement. However, I am
up for a challenge. This combines rich ripe fruit, enticing organics,
sublime acidity and creamy tannins resulting in a complete and radiant
wine. I think you can see this certainly put a tilt in me kilt.
586362 ROCCHE COSTAMAGNA BAROLO 'BRICCO FRANCESCO' 2000 $59.95
I find tons of dried black fruit, star anise, nutmeg, cigar leaf and
dried morels on the nose. The palate and finish are both dry, but rich
with dark fruit and spicy heat. This does need time.
978411 FRESCOBALDI 'LAMAIONE' 2000 $59.95, Tuscany
A dark black inky wine that throws aromas of salted black olives, black
fruit, red liquorish, couvature and underbrush. The fabulous mouth feel
of fruit and forest flavours lead to a solid and harmonious finish.
Great structure and a great wine.
987586 MARCHESI ANTINORI ‘SOLAIA' 2001 $169.95, Tuscany
Although the intensely long cork is in pristine condition, the label is
soiled to the point where one gets the impression the bottle has been
cellared for a decade or two. The colour is deep and opaque in the
centre, but it is showing touches of a brick red hue at the rim. The
nose is classic showing pinecone, forest floor, lots of underlying black
fruit a trace of pepper and cigar box.
The palate is simply delicious, the fruit is bold, I get hits of
liquorish root, the tannins are there, but they are ripe and creamy. The
fruit is clearly the star player on the finish. It is a treat to drink,
but I am surprised how forward it is! Maybe it will shut down, I really
657395 FUENTESPINA ‘ROBLE' TEMPRANILLO 2002 $15.95, Ribera del Duero,
I believe countless families of the Asian ladybugs that plagued Ontario
winemakers during the 2001 harvest, tired of the winter, uprooted and
moved to Spain. There is an unpleasant layer of burnt peanut shell on
the nose, which to me, smells like some of the Pyrazine tainted wines I
drank from 2001 Ontario Vintage. Unfortunately it distracts from the
fruit. I really would like to try another bottle.
617456 TORRES 'MAS LA PLANA' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1999 $39.95, Penedès,
Moroccan spices, dark fruit, cinnamon and coffee crisp bar all combine
to tease. The fruit hits the palate; the tannins are gentle, yet the
finish just seems a little lighter than it should. Tasty stuff though.
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