Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Report from ... Hobbs & Co. Agent Tasting - April 25, 2013

The annual Hobbs & Co. tasting was held at Berkeley Church in Toronto.  14 winery principals from a variety of wineries from as close as Ontario to as far away as Australia poured their wines of which there were more than 90 to taste.  I believe I tasted most, but I'm sure some slipped through the cracks.  Here are my top selections:

Plume 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35.00) - California
big vanilla, chocolate and cherry
Boomtown 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon ($26.00) - Washington
nice easy drinking Cab with good fruit and a touch of spice

Gauchezco 2008 Oro ($53.00) - Argentina
made from 80+ year old Malbec vines
sexy, smooth with chocolate-spiciness
Hartenberg 2007 Shiraz ($28.95) - South Africa
lovely spice with smooth palate of dark fruit
and hints of vanilla with a long spiced finish

Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV ($26.00) - Australia
a cross between Christmas spice and creme brulee
(**** 1/2)
Alpha Zeta 2012 Chardonnay ($16.00) - Italy
pineapple and apple skin along with some lime zest
and vanilla backing
(*** 1/2+)
Alpha Zeta 2010 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso ($24.00) - Italy
cocoa, cherry and blackberry
Empordalia Verdera Negre 2011 ($13.50) - Spain
nice fruit with cherry and blackberry tones
nice length to the finish and great value

Domaine de Grand Garant 2011 Fleurie Le Vivier ($23.00) - Beaujolais
pretty floral along with some sour cherry; nice little Gamay here
(*** 1/2+)
Domaine Lafond 2011 Tavel Rose ($24.50) - Tavel
a seven grape blend that has nice fruit on the palate
but ends with a dry, strawberry finish
(*** 1/2+)

Leitz 2012 Dragonstone ($23.00) - Germany
floral with sweet mineral and lovely balance
(*** 1/2+)
Leitz 2012 Kaisersteinfels ($46.00) - Germany
40-80 year old vines with great minerality and
delicious apple as the main fruit

Coto de Hayas 2011 Garnacha Centenaria ($17.00) - Spain
sexy wine with chocolate and blackberry on the nose
cassis, cherry and cocoa on the palate
drinks exceptionally well now but will also age quite well

Wines Not Pictured ...
Quails' Gate 2010 Chardonnay ($20.00) - British Columbia - creamy smooth with good fruit, peach and caramel along with buttery and oak notes. (****)
Chateau Gaudrelle Touraine Brut Rose NV ($26.00) - Loire Valley - tasty little buble with red berries and good acidity. (*** 1/2+)

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