Friday, April 15, 2011
Report from ... Hobbs & Merchant Vintner Tasting - March 29, 2011
It took place at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts ... two portfolios brought together for one tasting: Hobbs & Co Wine Merchants Inc. and The Merchant Vintner Ltd. 58 wines were poured, below the top 15 with selected notes:
3.5 stars (good) ...
Quails' Gate 2008 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir ($44.99 - Canada) -
up front cherry aromas with cranberry-sour cherry and spice in the mouth.
Weingut Josef Leitz 2008 Riesling Kabinett ($19.99 - Germany) -
peaches and apples, a touch of sweetness with a lovely lingering finish.
3.5+ stars (good +) ...
Torlesse 2008 Waipara Riesling ($18.95 - New Zealand) -
good bit of sweetness amongst the tropical fruit, crisp, nice acidity, lingering finish.
The Grinder 2010 Pinotage ($19.99 - South Africa) -
all out coffee with a latte-like creaminess, nice spice notes on the finish.
Edward Sellers Vineyards 2006 Vertigo ($27.54) -
chocolate, cherry, spice aromas with spicy raspberry and lingering pepper finish.
Vilafonte 2006 Series M ($39.95 - South Africa) -
nice red and black fruit that shows elegance across the palate.
Domaine Sainte Rose 2009 Coquille d'oc Red ($16.75 - France) -
lots of cherry fruit with just a pinch of pepper.
4 stars (very good) ...
Dr. Frank 2010 Dry Riesling ($24.99 - New York) -
melon, citrus and tropical aromas; lots of melon and tropical on the palate and a lime zest finish.
Vignoble Guillaume 2009 Chardonnay ($17.95 - France) -
nice mouth weight, creamy vanilla, hazelnut, butter and peach.
Chateau Grand Moulin Vieilles Vignes 2005 ($22.10 - France) -
good black fruit and spice.
Alpha Zeta 2008 'R' Ripasso (21.99 - Italy) -
fruit driven with a touch of chalky on the finish: cherry, plum, vanilla and cinnamon.
4+ stars (very good +) ...
Chalkers Crossing 2009 Tumbarumba Pinot Noir ($27.99 - Australia) -
sweet red fruit nose, touch of mineral, cherry, raspberry fruit palate all mixed with spice and pepper; really nice finish.
Empordalia 2010 Verdera ($11.99 - Spain) -
sweet raspberry fruit on the nose; raspberry-spice in the mouth.
Domaine Francois Lichtle 2008 Gewurztraminer ($22.70 - France) -
lychee-peach with the right amount of sweet spice ... yum.
4.5 stars (excellent) ...
Clairault Wines 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon ($27.80 - Australia) -
red fruit and floral smells, delicate and elegant, the right amount of playful fruit, spice, pepper, mocha/coffee, lovely fine tannins on a slightly chalky finish.