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Nuts to Vintage Assessments. Here's the release, kids:

*Prices added!

2006 CREEKSIDE ESTATES SHIRAZ $15.95
2004 CLARENCE HILL CABERNET SAUVIGNON $18.95

1998 MARQUÉS DE VITORIA RESERVA $23.95

2005 CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES ESTATE RIESLING $16.95
2006 THIRTY BENCH RIESLING $17.95
2006 FLAT ROCK CELLARS NADJA'S VINEYARD RIESLING $19.95
2006 HENRY OF PELHAM OFF-DRY RESERVE RIESLING $14.95

2004 VINELAND ESTATES SELECT LATE HARVEST VIDAL $18.95
2006 DE SOUSA CELLARS GEWÜRZTRAMINER $15.95
2004 PILLITTERI ESTATES WINERY RIESLING ICEWINE $50.00
2004 FLAT ROCK CELLARS CHARDONNAY $16.95
2006 PENINSULA RIDGE VIOGNIER $13.95
2006 MIKE WEIR ESTATES PINOT GRIS $14.95

2005 KITTLING RIDGE SYMMETRY OLD VINES FOCH $13.95
2005 CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES ESTATE PINOT NOIR $18.95
2004 MALETA GRAPE BRAIN CABERNET-MERLOT $15.95
2005 TRUMPOUR’S MILL CABERNET/MERLOT $17.95
2004 ANGELS GATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON $19.95
2005 MALIVOIRE GAMAY $15.95
2004 MAGNOTTA CABERNET FRANC ICEWINE $54.95
2005 WILLOW HEIGHTS TRESETTE MERITAGE RESERVE $19.95

2006 RIDGEPOINT WINES PINOT NOIR ROSÉ $14.95

PRABAN NA LINNE MAC NA MARA GAELIC SCOTCH WHISKY $43.95

HUTCHISONS SPICED GINGER WINE $13.95

GONZALEZ BYASS OLOROSO DULCE SOLERA 1847 $15.95

FONSECA BIN 27 RESERVE PORT $16.95

1990 DRAPPIER SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU $59.95

JEAN GEILER BLANC DE BLANCS BRUT PRESTIGE $21.95

2006 PAUL DOLAN VINEYARDS SAUVIGNON BLANC $19.95
2005 MACROSTIE CHARDONNAY $27.95
2005 CHÂTEAU STE. MICHELLE CHARDONNAY $17.95
2006 ANAKENA SINGLE VINEYARD VIOGNIER $15.95
2006 TRENTHAM ESTATE LA FAMIGLIA MOSCATO $15.95
2006 GUNN ESTATE UNOAKED CHARDONNAY $17.95
2005 ZIND-HUMBRECHT GEWURZTRAMINER WINTZENHEIM $35.95
2006 VIOGNIER DE CAMPUGET CUVÉE PRESTIGE $19.95
2003 CHATEAU SEPTY MONBAZILLAC $9.95
2004 CAVE DES CLAIRMONTS CROZES-HERMITAGE BLANC $26.95
2003 LINGENFELDER RIESLING SPATLESE $21.95
2005 LINGENFELDER RIESLING BIRD LABEL $14.95
2006 BOUTARI SANTORINI ASSYRTIKO WHITE $15.95
2002 PUKLUS WINE CELLARS TOKAJI ASZÚ 5 PUTTONYOS $34.95
2006 MONTE DEL FRÂ SOAVE $15.95
2006 MACULAN PINOT GRIGIO $14.95
2006 CHRISTINA ASCHERI MOSCATO D'ASTI $16.95
2006 ALVARINHO DEU LA DEU VINHO VERDE $18.95

2004 BERINGER THIRD CENTURY MERLOT $24.95
2005 PAUL DOLAN VINEYARDS ZINFANDEL $21.95
2004 DUCKHORN VINEYARDS MERLOT $64.95
2002 CLOS DU VAL OAK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON $67.95
2005 SANTA JULIA MALBEC RESERVA $13.95
2005 GRAN LURTON CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAN RESERVA $20.95
2005 DOÑA PAULA ESTATE SHIRAZ-MALBEC $16.95
2004 LOS VASCOS GRANDE RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON $17.95
2005 VIÑA TABALI CARMÉNÈRE RESERVA $14.95
2004 WYNNS COONAWARRA ESTATE CABERNET/SHIRAZ/MERLOT $19.95
2004 YALUMBA BAROSSA SHIRAZ & VIOGNIER $19.95
2005 RICHARD HAMILTON HUT BLOCK CABERNET SAUVIGNON $19.95
2005 ELDERTON TANTALUS SHIRAZ/CABERNET/MALBEC/MERLOT $16.95
2006 SILENI CELLAR SELECTION PINOT NOIR $16.95
2004 DORNIER MERLOT $15.95
2000 CHÂTEAU LA CROIX ST-GEORGES $26.95
2004 CHÂTEAU LES GRANDS CHÊNES ROUGE $36.95
2005 CHÂTEAU PUY D'AMOUR CUVÉE GRAIN DE FOLIE ROUGE $18.95
2003 TENTATION DU CHÂTEAU LE BOURDILLOT $21.95
2005 HOSPICES DE BEAUJEU CUVÉE JUDITH JONCHIER MORGON $22.95
2005 ABBOTTS TURRILITE $14.95
2004 CAVE DES PAPES CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE LES CLOSIERS $37.95
2004 DOMAINE PRADELLE CROZES-HERMITAGE $21.95
2005 PERRIN NATURE CÔTES-DU-RHÔNE $9.95
2004 DOMAINE DE LA CROIX ROUGE $16.95
2003 DREI DONÀ PRUNO SANGIOVESE SUPERIORE RISERVA $37.95
2005 MICHELE CHIARLO BARBERA D'ASTI SUPERIORE LE ORME $17.95
2002 MARCHESI FRESCOBALDI CASTELGIOCONDO BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO $53.95
2005 SANTA MARGHERITA VERSATO MERLOT $16.95
2000 FUMANELLI VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE SQUARANO $26.95
2003 FARINA AMARONE DELLA VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO $38.95
2004 IL BORRO ROSSO $53.95
2004 ALTESINO ROSSO $18.95
2003 SPINELLI TATONE MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO $16.95
2005 CARLEVANA CABERNET SAUVIGNON $11.95
2003 SOGRAPE CALLABRIGA TINTO $18.95
2004 QUINTA DO CACHÃO TOURIGA FRANCA $21.95
1999 MARQUES DE VALCARLOS TEMPRANILLO/CABERNET RESERVA $16.95
2004 BORSAO CRIANZA SELECCIÓN $19.95
2004 BODEGAS CASTAÑO HECULA $15.95
2001 VIÑA SALCEDA RESERVA $26.95
2005 PRADO REY ROBLE $16.95

ISDs:

COSSART GORDON BUAL COLHEITA $42.95

FERRARI BRUT (FERRARI FLLI. LUNELLI SPA) $31.95

CHÂTEAU DES CHARMES VIOGNIER $24.95
05 FOUNDERS COLLEC CHARL CHARD (STONEY RIDGE) $22.95
05 MACROSTIE CARNEROS CHARDONNAY (MACROSTIE) $16.95
2006 PEWSEY VALE EDEN VALLEY RIESLING $19.95
06 FALLEN ANGEL SAUVIGNON BLANC (STONEYRIDGE) $27.95
2005 ZIND-HUMBRECHT GEWURZTRAMINER WINTZENHEIM $19.95
MONT DE MILIEU 1ER CRU (FEVRE) $38.95
05 ST. ROMAIN BLANC (JOSEPH DROUHIN) $28.95
DOMAINE WILLIAM FÈVRE CHABLIS PREMIER CRU VAILLONS $32.95
99 RIESLING KABINETT PIESPORTER (R HAART) $21.95

2003 MALETA WINERY MERITAGE $27.95
05 MERITAGE (COYOTE'S RUN ESTATE WINERY) $23.95
2002 SHIRAZ HOUGTON FRANKLAND RIVER (BRL HARDY) $36.95
2004 LECONFIELD COONAWARRA MERLOT $23.95
04 MERLOT STELLENBOSCH (HARTENBERG ESTATE) $34.95
03 CABERNET SAUVIGNON STELLENBOSCH (WATERFORD $26.95
03 HAUT-EXPRESSION FRONTON (CH. BOUISSEL) $23.95
97 BAROLO DOCG PODERI ROSET (A. BRERO) $49.95
APPOLLONIO ‘DIVOTO’ ROSSO RISERVA $23.95
06 SANTA MADDALENA ALTO ADIGE (MURI-GRIES) $16.95
05 PINOT NOIR ESTREMEDURA (CASA SANTOS LIMA) $19.95
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Originally posted by Peter Tofinetti:
how's that for a price increase....

2000 La Croix St. George $26.95 - regular release.
2005 La Croix " " $69 - futures
2006 La Croix " " $95 - futures

Wow, give this wine a few more years and Petrus will look cheap! Roll Eyes


Not the same wine. Classic Vintages. The la Croix St. Georges that they're offering is not the Pomerol. There is no way anyone would ever find the 2000 of the Pomerol for $27 CAD...
WEc,
I'll post my TNs later this week, but here are everywine.co.uk notes: "...It is a perfect accompaniment to game, roast beef or chicken. The wine possesses a remarkable harmony of body and bouquet. With its generous character, full-bodied flavour, rich bouquet and propensity for perfect ageing, this wine ranks among the first-class wines of Bordeaux. Georges and Petrus Desbois own the Louis XIV Castle. The Estate has been in the family since 1891."
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Originally posted by GPCi:
WEc,
I'll post my TNs later this week, but here are everywine.co.uk notes: "...It is a perfect accompaniment to game, roast beef or chicken. The wine possesses a remarkable harmony of body and bouquet. With its generous character, full-bodied flavour, rich bouquet and propensity for perfect ageing, this wine ranks among the first-class wines of Bordeaux. Georges and Petrus Desbois own the Louis XIV Castle. The Estate has been in the family since 1891."


Is it the same wine? Click
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Originally posted by WEc:
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Originally posted by GPCi:
WEc,
I'll post my TNs later this week, but here are everywine.co.uk notes: "...It is a perfect accompaniment to game, roast beef or chicken. The wine possesses a remarkable harmony of body and bouquet. With its generous character, full-bodied flavour, rich bouquet and propensity for perfect ageing, this wine ranks among the first-class wines of Bordeaux. Georges and Petrus Desbois own the Louis XIV Castle. The Estate has been in the family since 1891."


Is it the same wine? Click

WEc - yes, it is.
My TNs are really brief on this one: "medium-full body, similar to other good St. Emilion wines. red cherries and hints of oak with a very pleasant finish. can be drank now until 2012+."
I hope it helps...
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In 1999 (I think) when Maleta was young and independent, they produced a half-decent Meritage blend. Then they sold out and I lost all interest. Has anyone tasted any of their wines recently - and specifically the 03 Meritage that's in this release?


I was pouring the Maleta 2004 Cabernet/Merlot "Grape Drain" last night for the LCBO Product Consultants last night. It was the launch for all Ontario wines for the Sept 15th release. It was well received by the PC's who tasted it. I did nottaste it however. There were a number of really good wines there, as all of the releases were available for tasting.
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Originally posted by winepro23:
I was pouring the Maleta 2004 Cabernet/Merlot "Grape Drain" last night for the LCBO Product Consultants last night.


Always been curious how this works. Can (and do) regular Joe's ever show up at these tastings? And is it divided by region? (TO, Ottawa, etc...)

Did you taste anything worth mentioning?
It was an industry event, the release of the Period 7 Ontario offerings, not a public event.
It was held down in Niagara Wine Country.
I did not taste much we were busy behind the table. However the following are worth looking at:
Maleta Grape Brain
De Sousa Gewurz
Trumpour's Mill Cab-Merlot
Mike Weir Pinot Gris
Thirty Bench Riesling
Flat Rock Riesling
HofP off-dry Riesling
Cave Spring Chard Musque

Vineland Estates Select Late Harvest Vidal (excellent)
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Originally posted by GPCi:
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Originally posted by WEc:
quote:
Originally posted by GPCi:
WEc,
I'll post my TNs later this week, but here are everywine.co.uk notes: "...It is a perfect accompaniment to game, roast beef or chicken. The wine possesses a remarkable harmony of body and bouquet. With its generous character, full-bodied flavour, rich bouquet and propensity for perfect ageing, this wine ranks among the first-class wines of Bordeaux. Georges and Petrus Desbois own the Louis XIV Castle. The Estate has been in the family since 1891."


Is it the same wine? Click

WEc - yes, it is.


That everywine tasting note is for the "Chateau St-Georges St-Georges-St-Emilion" and nowhere does it say in the note that it's the Chateau La Croix. I have a bottle of "Chateau St-Georges St-Georges-St-Emilion" in my cellar and it's not the same as the Chateau La Croix described and pictured in the Vintages catalogue. Thus I don't think they're the same wine. There's also the price difference - the Chateau La Croix is almost half the price as the Chateau St. Georges.
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Originally posted by Stevey:
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Originally posted by GPCi:
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Originally posted by WEc:
quote:
Originally posted by GPCi:
WEc,
I'll post my TNs later this week, but here are everywine.co.uk notes: "...It is a perfect accompaniment to game, roast beef or chicken. The wine possesses a remarkable harmony of body and bouquet. With its generous character, full-bodied flavour, rich bouquet and propensity for perfect ageing, this wine ranks among the first-class wines of Bordeaux. Georges and Petrus Desbois own the Louis XIV Castle. The Estate has been in the family since 1891."


Is it the same wine? Click

WEc - yes, it is.


That everywine tasting note is for the "Chateau St-Georges St-Georges-St-Emilion" and nowhere does it say in the note that it's the Chateau La Croix. I have a bottle of "Chateau St-Georges St-Georges-St-Emilion" in my cellar and it's not the same as the Chateau La Croix described and pictured in the Vintages catalogue. Thus I don't think they're the same wine. There's also the price difference - the Chateau La Croix is almost half the price as the Chateau St. Georges.


good catch. you're right.
find my personal notes in my blog GPCi
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Originally posted by tannic bastard:
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Originally posted by futronic:
FYI - the 2004 Altesino Rosso is tasty.
Grab it while you can, Beppi's plastered this news in today's Globe


Roll Eyes Got what I needed, which is good. Don't get me started on his article.


Beppi is on firmer ground when he writes about Italians wines. I don't think there was anything wrong about yesterday's column.
He is misleading readers by calling the Altesino Rosso (formerly called Rosso di Altesino) a baby Brunello. He alludes to it being a Rosso di Montalcino based on the wording and flow in his article. This is incorrect. Because the wine is 80% Sangiovese with the rest being composed of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (10% of each, if I recall), it is an IGT. As you know, Rosso di Montalcino is 100% Sangiovese.

From the Globe and Mail article (LINK)

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they came up with a new designation for their "baby Brunellos," a wine called Rosso di Montalcino.

Happily, Rosso di Montalcino doesn't enjoy the same feverish attention from collectors, nor the high prices associated with Brunello. And there's another virtue to Rosso di Montalcino. It's more cheerful in its youth than a mouth-filling Brunello.

One very fine example is available in Ontario as part of today's Vintages fine-wine release. Altesino Rosso 2004 ($18.95, product No. 658369) is a steal at the price.


A truer analogy would be to compare it to a Chianti based on the blend - Chianti requires a minimum of 80% Sangiovese with up to 10% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (or other local varietals).

Again, while the Rosso di Altesino is a very nice wine, it is not a Rosso di Montalcino or "Baby Brunello."

And finally, the pricing comparison in reference to Altesino's Brunello available in various Canadian markets is skewed. He lists the 2001 Brunello as $64 in BC. That's fine. But the $99 price in Quebec at the SAQ is actually for the Montosoli, not the normale. Apples to oranges pricing comparison that makes it look like the SAQ is hosing their customers.

While I agree that Beppi, as you said, is generally more sound on Italian wine than others, he really needs to do some fact checking if he doesn't already have the appropriate knowledge.
Futronic

I don't think he's purposely try to mislead people.

Italian classifications can be tricky. For example is trebbiano in or out of a DOC Chianti? How about cabernet? The average consumer would be shocked to find that some red wines are blended -- and sometimes use white grapes!

As you know, Italian producers are known to push the envelope as much as they can if they think that they can produce a better wine rather than follow some of the obsolete classification requirements. (Unfortunately, I think this backfires on Italians as too many people think that IGTs are inferior to DOCs or DOCGs.)

BTW... Beppi wouldn't be the first to liken the Altesino or rosso di montalcinos as baby brunello. Parker's review of the Altesin called it a poor man's brunello.
Guys/gals, be wary (i.e. avoid) the 1990 DRAPPIER SIGNATURE BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU $59.95. I tried a bottle over the weekend. Definitely past it. (also searched extensively on Google there's virtually no chatter on it, either).

Impressions:
-- cork is in fine shape and took good effort to remove
-- nose full of brioche, nougat, slightly sherried. No fruit or raisin notes.
-- palate equally unfruity. Brioche, caramel and vanilla flavours nice for 5 seconds before harsh acidity and a vinegary (early) mid-palate. Terse, harsh finish.

This champers is on life-support and would have been at peak a few years ago (or more). Sad to see how quickly it declined. No wonder Vintages got such a good price! Roll Eyes

Haven't picked anything else up from the release. Anything you've really liked?

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