Friday, July 07, 2017

1. Summer 2017 wines

1. Summer 2017 wines - 11 Tasted of 15

Doc's Place
Cheers, Ww

LINEUP: Reds, Whites and Bubblies

  • Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2015, 92-3  --  V, Clare/McLaren Valleys,  Australia,  #377036   $24.95
  • KWV The Mentors Shiraz 2013,  92-2 --  V,  Coastal Region, South Africa, #403618  $25.75
  • Tommasi Arele Parziale Appassimento 2015, 89-2 -- V, Venezie, Italy, #224188 $16.00*
  • Zorzal Terroir Unico Malbec 2014,  88-1  -- V,  Tupungato Valley, Argentina,  #339788  $15.95
  • Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2014,  83  --  G,  Maipo Valley, Chile,  #358309  $17.15
  • Vina Marty Pirca Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014,  r-v  --  V, Central Valley, Chile,  #379156  $14.75
  • Farnese Soluna Terre Du Chieti Sangiovese Cabernet Sauvignon 2015,  r-v  --  V,  Abruzzo, Italy,  #477703   $15.95
  • D'Angelo Sacravite Basilicata 2013, r-v  --  V, Basilicata, Italy, #440834  $15.95
  • Château Haut Peyraud 2012,  r-v  --  V, Bordeaux, France, #413948  $15.95   

  • Pomelo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 91-2  --  V, California, USA,  #470641  $16.75
  • Luis Felipe Edwards Gran Reserva Sauvignonn Blanc  2015,  89-2  --  V, Leyda Valley, Chile, #663062   $15.20
  • Hogue Riesling 2014, 89-2  --  V,  Columbia Valley, Washington,  #363291   $15.95
  • Matetic Corralillo Sauvignon Blanc 2015, 87-1  --  V,   San Antonio Valley, Chile,   #347740  $15.95
  • Cave Spring Estate Bottled Chardonnay Musqué 2015 VQA Beamsville Bench,  87  --  V, Jordan, Ontario, #246579  $16.95
  • Frescobaldi di Pomino Bianco 2015, r-v  --  V,  Tuscany, Italy,  #065086  $19.95

  • Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz 2012,  89-1  -- V, Marlborough, New Zealand,   #381236  $24.00* 

(V - Vintages, G - General, O - Other, r-v  - Rating-Value, a - aerated, c - cellar,
 NR - Not Recommended)


ZORZAL TERROIR ÚNICO MALBEC 2014,  Tupungato Valley, Argentina, 13.8%  XD  2g/L, #339788  $15.95  (Tasted July 12, 2017)

Released by Vintages on March 4, 2017.  My notes:  Luis Gutierrez  ( rated this 90 on August. 27, 2015.  A hint of sweet from the first sip balances with a moderately tart cranberry/cherry/soft woody flavour and is a pleasing intro to a social get together. Bacon wrapped asparagus, double pepperoni pizza and Polish sausage with onions, mustard and relish layered liberally would be a compatible mating. The film runs wide tears quick to start then slowly accumulates. With the sugar now gone texture settles to a slight chalk matching softened berries for a moderate finish. This is a Malbec that proves to be both a value and a flexible dinner partner. A drink now.  88  

MATETIC CORRALILLO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015,  San Antonio Valley, Chile,  13.5%  XD  2g/L,  #347740  $15.95  (Tasted July 1, 2017)

Released by Vintages on February 4, 2017.  My notes: A wine obtained from ‘sustainable farming’. The colour is a light grapefruit. Light-bodied and laying a thin film minutely fragmenting at the rim. Poured at 10oC then allowing a bouquet to build in a wide mouth glass there’s a freshly cut pepper showing with lemon. A refreshing tang prolongs the combination through a long extra dry finish that bursts with tang. On the way to 14oC a vegetative flavour builds depth and intensity prompting a visit to a nibble tray: rye slices spread with Morocco hummus, bacon wrapped asparagus spears and a variety of cheese crisps. It would be interesting to rate among a selection of equivalently priced SB's.   87 

VIÑA MARTY PIRCA GRAN RESERVA CARMENÈRE 2014, Central Valley, Chile,  14.0%  D  3g/L, #379156  $14.75  (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on February 18, 2017.  My notes:

FARNESE SOLUNA TERRE DU CHIETI SANGIOVESE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015,  Abruzzo, Italy, 12.5%  XD  13g/L,  #477703   $15.95  (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on April 29, 2017.  My notes: 

D'ANGELO SACRAVITE BASILICATA  2013,Basilicata, Italy, 13% D 2g/L, #440834 $15.95 (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on May 27, 2017 .  My notes:  100% Aglianico.

POMELO SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, California, USA, 12.5% XD 2g/L, #470641 $16.75 (Tasted July 11, 2017)

Released by Vintages on October 1, 2016. My notes: A crystal yellow, deeply aromatic with blended caramel and lemon fumes. Serve well chilled to maintain a refreshing intensity while sipping. Quaff for an extra ‘kick’. A swirl coats the glass with a thin veil that rapidly falls showing a few broad tears. Some bitterness adds to the extra dry finish. Still appetizing at 14oC altho’ most of its charm has now gone and a grassiness has taken center stage. Share on a hot summer patio with a shrimp ring. Has enough tang to withstand an icecube. 91

KWV THE MENTORS SHIRAZ 2013, Coastal Region, South Africa, 13.5% XD 14.5%, #403618 $25.75  (Tasted  July 9, 2017)

Released by Vintages on February 4, 2017.  My notes: A deep blackberry lays a moderate film that fragments at the rim and a steady tilt overflows a few wide streams. The texture has a balance of velvet and bright tartness – no sweet. There’s an element of sour cherry to paint the buds then a delicate acid. I found this a pleasing sipper having a fullness suitable for savoury stews -  a flexible dining partner. I wasn’t able to differentiate an aerated version. Extra dry with matching warmth and a tang makes for a notable first sip. Pleasing now and capable of cellaring several more years. The empty weighs 1.4 lbs.  92

HOGUE RIESLING 2014,  Columbia Valley, Washington, 11.8%  D 14g/L,  #363291   $15.95  (Tasted June 26, 2017)

Released by Vintages on April 29, 2017.  My notes:  A Constellation Brands product. A combination of dry, sweet, lasting warmth topping medium bodied layers of acidic pineapple and delicate clover honey. Four grapes: Gewurztraminer (8%), Chenin Blanc (1%), Muscat/Canelli (1%), are blended with Riesling to produce an interesting sipper. Alsace it’s not – it’s Hogue. Serve chilled in a bucket to prolong a residual roundness with a sweet nip and drying mineral. Pair with a light buffet: garlic shrimp – coated or naked, seared scallops, chicken fingers or wings, etc.  89

FRESCOBALDI CASTELLO DI POMINO POMINO BIANCO 2015,  Tuscany, Italy, 12.5%  XD  2g/L, #065086   $19.95  (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on  May 27, 2017.  My notes:  James Suckling rated this 92 ( September 5, 2016.

WAKEFIELD JARAMAN SHIRAZ 2015, Clare/McLaren Valleys, Australia, 14.5%  XD  4g/L,  #377036   $24.95  (Tasted June 24, 2017)

Released by Vintages on June 10, 2017.  My notes: A rich blackberry aroma warmed by alcohol fumes sets the frame for solo sipping or with buffet portions. A quick quaff stings
politely and lays its drying fruit flavour on a welcoming palate.  Winner of a gold medal with a rating of 91 ( October, 2016) the price alone warrants a special occasion/person. A medium-body viscosity is shown a firm film and slow legs. Pleasantly dry added to a long finish strikes a perfect balance with fruit and tang. At home with a rare sirloin, Osso Buco and other savoury treats. Perhaps a sale price will let us indulge.  92

KIM CRAWFORD SMALL PARCELS FIZZ 2012, Marlborough, New Zealand, 12%  D  2g/L,  #381236  $24.00*    (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on March 18, 2017.  My notes: A Constellation Brands winery and *promo priced down from $29.95. Bubbles fill the glass like a winter snowstorm and should win awards for sustained liveliness. Coloured a delicate peach with green apple flavours adding a mineral terroir this streams streams long after pouring. A bright sip bites the tongue while laying a soft bodied tang slowly settling to a moderate cream. Toast to the host then select from a host’s party favours to show your appreciation. The empty weighs 1.75lbs. 89

LUIS FELIPE EDWARDS GRAN RESERVA SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015, Leyda Valley, Chile, 13.0%  XD  4g/L,  #663062   $15.20  (Tasted July 7, 2017)

Released by Vintages on October 1, 2016.  My notes:  A fresh aroma of green peas touched by clover honey, altho’ not sweet. The colour is a fresh yellow slightly tarnished. Served at 12oC the dryness wakes the senses then settles to a soft apricot – a pleasant sipper during these hot July days. The price encourages stocking a dozen for unexpected guests. A fragmenting film predicts this to be a medium-bodied with an acid level suitable for quaffing. Pair with seafoods: fin or shell  -- or a ham steak with a pineapple glaze. 89  

TOMMASI ARELE PARZIALE APPASSIMENTO 2015, Venezie, Italy, 13.0% D 8g/L, #224188 $16.00* (Tasted July 4, 2017)

Released by Vintages on June 10, 2017 promo priced from $19.95. My notes: A Corvina (70%) blend of Rondinella (10%), Oseleta (10%) and Merlot (10%). With Corvino, for full flavour, Rondinella to add volume and Merlot restraint and smoothness Arele is a flexible house red. The rich blackberry colour projects fullness, a sipper ready to pair with a variety of pasta dishes. The initial taste reveals an unexpected sweetness adding to sipping pleasure. This fades quickly as a tolerable bitterness combines with dark berries and long finish. There’s excellent balance providing universal appeal and, consequently, value.The empty weighs 1.5lbs.  Cellar up to 3 years. 89

CAVE SPRING ESTATE BOTTLED CHARDONNAY MUSQUÉ 2015 VQA Beamsville Bench, Jordan, Ontario, 13.5% D 2g/L, #246579 $16.95 (Tasted July 4, 2017)

Released by Vintages on June 24, 2017). My notes: Rated 90 by David Lawrason ( on December 22, 2016. The colour of sunlit wheat. A film that coats then fragments slowly. The first sip dries exposing a slight vanilla, a Granny Smith flavour with an appealing roundness, no observable sweetness but a touch of tang. Have with apple pudding and butterscotch ice cream to satisfy the dessert in you. Save a chilled portion for a seafood spread - nothing tangy. 87

CHÂTEAU HAUT PEYRAUD 2012, Bordeaux, France, 13.0%  XD  2g/L, #413948  $15.95   (Tasted tbd)

Released by Vintages on July 8, 2017.  My notes:

CARMEN GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile, 14.0% XD xg/L, #358309 $17.15  (Tasted July 20, 2017)

A General listing. My notes: A blend intended for richness: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Carmenére, 3% Petite Verdot. There’s a touch of matchbook amongst the berries and plumbs that gives a call for more fruit. A twinge of sting draws focus at the first biting swallow and a ring of tears shows a firm viscosity from a swirl of the glass. The finish continues with the sharp and bold, too much so as it thins out an otherwise velvet character. An extra dry layer of tannin sticks to the gums as a sign off to the finish. Pair with all things beefy - best covered with a savoury sauce – such as The Keg rub over grilled beef or pork ribs. Consume soon (or use in the sauce).  83

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