Friday, April 22, 2011

Report from ... Vinexx Portfolio Tasting - April 13, 2011

Second tasting of the day.  First was in Toronto (Somewherness), this one is on the way home, in Oakville and is the Vinexx Portfolio tasting - seems like I'll go anywhere to sip a glass of something interesting.  Vinexx is based out of Hamilton and has a portfolio that covers the big ports-of-call for wine-lovers: France, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, California ... today's tasting consisted of wines mainly available at the LCBO with a few consignment / private order wines thrown in for good measure.  Wines were arranged by table number, starting with bubblies, then two tables of whites and three of reds, by my count there were 42 in total - here were my favourites listed here by table number.

Table 1 ... Bubbles and Rosés
Of 4 bubbles and 2 rosés at this table the Caves Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve ($17.95 - LCBO) was far and way the best bottle here.  Made from Pinot Noir (40%), Gamay (10%), Chardonnay (40%) and Aligote (10%) - good fruit aromas and flavours, this is a good bubble for the price, light and airy across the tongue. (****)

Table 2 ... White Wine Part 1
A no-brainer here as the Alois Lageder 2009 Pinot Grigio DOC ($18.95 - LCBO) was a delicious version of a Grigio, exactly what one looks for with this wine style. (*** 1/2+)

Table 3 ... White Wine Part 3
Riesling fans would be very happy with the Studert Prum 2009 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett ($18.95 - LCBO) with its slightly sweet nose and palate, lovely fruit and some slate notes, especially on the palate. (*** 1/2+)

Table 4 ... Red Wine Part 1
I probably would have sided with the Casa Girelli wines here (Syrah and Primitivo), but they are sealed under plastic cork, so bottle variation over time will be a big problem (I don't trust plastic cork); so instead opted to be a fan of the Villa Cafaggio 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG ($34.95 - private order), it had plenty going for it: raspberry, spice, cinnamon, big tannins, dark cherries, rustic in the a very appealing way. (*** 1/2+)

Table 5 ... Red Wine Part 2
This stop on the Vinexx-Table-Tour tied for best table (with Table 6) with three wines, but at this stop they scored four-plus stars versus the three 4 star wines at Table 6; making Table 5 the best table to visit tonight:
E. Guigal 2007 Cotes du Rhone ($16.95 - LCBO) - a dark-fruit forward Cote-du-Rhone with good acidity and matches well with food or on its own (I've done both with this very wine in the recent past). (****+)
Cases de la Ermita 2008 Roble Jumilla ($13.95 - LCBO) - smooth and silky with red licorice, plum, chocolate and white pepper; good value. (****+)
Cline Cellars 2009 Ancient Vines Mourvedre ($18.95 - LCBO) - lovely plumy sweetness, lush and plush and ready for BBQ ribs and other grilled meats. (****+) 

Table 6 ... Red Wine Part 3
Another three wine table, here they scored the same mark of 4 stars:
Roux Pere et Fils 2009 Volnay Vieilles Vignes ($29.95 - LCBO) - pretty floral nose along with light cherry and raspberry fruit, delicate and delicious with an earthy-raspberry finish and decent length. (****)
Calera Wine Company 2008 Pinot Noir ($32.95 - LCBO) - a totally different animal from the Burgundy above; a really red fruit driven Pinot, lovely cherry all the way through with that sweet red fruit caressing the tongue right to the finish.  Very Cali. (****)
Cline Cellars 2009 Zinfandel ($13.00 - LCBO) - a base model Zin from Cline but one that has all the goods needed for Zin-lovers and neophytes to the grape in its red form: plum, vanilla, black cherry on the nose, cherry-cola mid-palate, sweet fruit with supple flavours ... really good value so you can hop the Zin-bandwagon. (****)

1 comment:

Dean Tudor said...

My take way ..

**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Caves Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Reserve, $17.95 ($9.95 half-bottles)
-Cline Cellars Syrah Los Carneros 2006, $17.95
-Mas des Bressades Syrah 2008 Cuvee Excellence Costieres de Nimes, $17.95
-Bodegas Muga Reserva Rioja 2006, $23.95
-Cline Cellars Zinfandel 2009 California, $13

***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Caves Bailly Lapierre Cremant de Bourgogne Paul Delane, $16.95.
-Champagne Moutard-Dilligent Duc de Charlane Brut Champagne, $33.95 consignment
-La Chablisienne 2007 Chablis Vieilles Vignes, $24.95
-Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, $15.95
-Cline Cellars Viognier 2009 North Coast Sonoma, $14.95
-St. Lucas Torrontes 2010 Mendoza, $11.95
-Alois Lageder Vogelmaier Moscato Giallo Alto Adige, $26 private order
-Studert Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, $18.95
-Alois Lageder Pinot Noir Krafuss 2007 Alto Adige, $46 private order
-Alois Lageder Cabernet Riserva 2007 Alto Adige, $27 private order
-Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva 2007, $34.95 private order
-Casa Girelli Primitivo Virtuoso 2008 Puglia, $21.95 private order
-E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2007, $16.95
-BR Cohn Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 North Coast Cal, $25 private order
-Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Mourvedre 2009 Central Coast Cal, $18.95
-Roux Pere et Fils Volnay Vieilles Vignes 2009, $29.95
-Graham Beck Cabernet Sauvignon The Game Reserve 2009 South Africa, $18.95

*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio 2009 Alto Adige, $18.95
-Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2009 The Game Reserve South Africa, $14.95
-Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2009 California, $14.95 consignment
-Canyon Oaks Chardonnay 2009 California, $13.95 consignment
-BR Cohn Chardonnay 2009 Sonoma, $28 private order
-Casa Girelli Syrah Virtuoso 2008 Sicily, $21.95 private order
-Alliance Loire Domaine de Matabrune Bourgeuil 2009, $14.95
-Canyon Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 California, $13.95
-Mud House Pinot Noir 2009 Central Otago NZ, $17.95
-Casa de la Ermita Roble Jumilla 2008, $13.95
-Cline Cellars Syrah 2009 Sonoma, $13
-Roux Pere et Fils Cote de Beaune Village 2009, $17.95
-Calera Pinot Noir 2008 Central Coast Cal, $32.95
-Mas des Bressades Cabernet-Syrah 2007 Costieres de Nimes, $18.95