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Tasting Room Talk – The Red Daily Slosh

13 Oct

The Third Debate?

In the event that a tape, which may or may not be out there, becomes public, I’d like to make the following statement.

Let me say that I’m not proud of what’s on the tape. It happened when I was much younger and represents tasting room talk. Tasting room talk that’s all. I apologize to anyone that I’ve offended and my intention is not to objectify wine. I have wine bottles in my basement, my friends have wine bottles, my wife has wine bottles, some of my best friends are wine bottles and I wouldn’t want anyone to talk or think about them in that way. I’m truly sorry.

It just keeps getting better and better doesn’t it?

seghesioThis weekend the LCBO is releasing some heavy hitters from Piedmont and some California stalwarts. Have only had one of the lot – the 2014 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel #942151 $29.95. This is one of my favourite Zins and this vintage doesn’t disappoint. Spicy, rich, anise goodness. And, although it’s a typical Zin with higher alcohol levels (14.8% ABV), it doesn’t carry any heat. Beautiful Zin.

baldiosAlways some Iberian wine to talk about. Popped the cork on a bottle of the 2009 Baldios Crianza #366393 $19.95. Still holding strong. Despite being only a Crianza, this is full value. Age has imparted richness, knitted it together to bring you a balanced palate – smoky, cherries, and vanilla. Love it!

Staying in Spain, the 2013 Torres Altos Ibericos Crianza #381046 $16.95 is a nice sip. Not as round or full as the one above, it’s great sipping wine with snacks. It too is smoky and brimming with Tempranillo fruit. This is what I’d call straight up Rioja – no mystery. It just delivers.

leponnantWhen I’m not loitering in Spain, I like to drink wines from the Southern Rhone and Provence. They reflect their neighbourhood better than most. And, I love the hood. The 2014 Le Ferme du Mont Le Ponnant Cotes-du-Rhone-Villages #171371 $19.95 is one of the better CdR-Villages that I’ve ever had. If you like your CdR’s big, brawny and brimming with dark berries, this is for you. This is very full-bodied and fruity – some scrubby/herby elements. Great effort and good value.

gravityTaking my seasonal journey to the Niagara Peninsula in the next few weeks and, as always, I will drop in to Flat Rock Cellars to see what’s up. Their 2013 Flat Rock Gravity Pinot Noir #001560 $30.25 is arriving this weekend. Flat Rock, Tawse, Westcott, Queylus and many others down there, make exquisite Pinot. This one is special in it’s consistency year after year. Floral up front, red fruits on the gurgle and earth on the finish. Just a lovely, lovely wine. Wish that I’d had some for the turkey last weekend. Perfect match.

aspresQuick shout out. This month’s Wine Enthusiast featured the 2014 Gerard Betrand Grand Terroir Les Aspres GSM. Gave it a score of 91 “Dense, generous ………and robustly fruited”. I recommended the 2013 and it is still available – so that’s 2013 Gerard Bertrand Grand Terroir Les Aspres #413245 $18.95. My review here.

I’m off to the Grand Marchi at the Royal Ontario Museum next Tuesday. Sipping and regrettably spitting some of the better Italian wines from many of the boot’s best producers (Antinori, Gaja, Mastroberardino, Chiarlo, Donnafugata, San Guido, Alois Lageder………), chat up the winemakers. Can’t wait. I’ll report on the experience in the future.

Royal Ontario Museum

Royal Ontario Museum

Cheers.

Bill

Hip’s Last Stand – The Rainbow Daily Slosh

18 Aug

A great version of this song. This Saturday marks the final concert of the Tragically Hip. It’s being streamed live from their home of Kingston, Ontario on CBC television, cbc.ca, CBC Music, and CBC Radio 1 & 2. I think locally they are playing it on a big screen in Victoria Park. Worth a watch with, I’m sure, hipa wet eye. And what better wine to get a bit blurry on than 2013 The Tragically Hip Fully Completely Grand Reserve Red #411595 $24.95 . This wine is made by Stoney Ridge Winery near Jordan with the help of the Hip. I’m getting a few just for keepers for down below. They may become those wines that you keep too long because you can’t bring yourself to open them. You never want to say good bye. Not really wanting to say goodbye to The Hip either.

asoresI know nothing about rugby other than the Super Seven rugby at the Olympics was fast and a little scary, actually. Those guys from Fiji are massive and wicked fast! One of France’s rugby heroes is Gérard Betrand. I understand that rugby is yuuuuge in France and this guy was one of its national stars. Now, he owns a substantial winery in Languedoc. I’m always recommending his stuff. I feel so safe in picking up a bottle of his juice – never had a bad one. His 2013 Gérard Bertrand Grand Terroir Aspres Grenache/Mourvédre/Syrah #413245 $18.95 is still available in most locations. It’s surprisingly light in mouthfeel. This makes it a perfect red for the summer with apps or lightish BBQ – chicken, fish. Look for his Corbieres and his rosé which hit Vintages shelves Saturday. If I remember, I’ll talk about them next time.

ghmOpened a bottle of the 2008 Hacienda Molleda GHM Garnacha #442756 $19.25 the other night and had to send out emails to friends telling them to run out and get a couple bottles. This is a red from Cariñena in Spain – an under appreciated and underrepresented wine region on these shores. You’d think with a hot climate, this wine would be over ripe and bearing some heat from the alcohol (14.5% ABV). But, nope. It’s smooth, cool, and has a great sandalwood finish that I love. If you dig Iberian reds, this is a must try. Plus, take a good look at the label. The words Garnacha in the form of a cross emblem, an arrow on the neck of the bottle, silver lettering, three simple letters representing the Latin phrase grapus holium magi. Cryptic? I believe that I could craft a novel based on a religious puzzle on a bottle of wine that leads through a complex web of intrigue featuring ancient winemakers, a little known monastic order of killer priests, a cathedral connected to ancient texts, and a simple wine blogger turned unwilling hero. Yeah, I think that might work. But who will play me? Stay tuned.

oatleyI don’t recommend a lot of Aussie wine. I think because I don’t drink as much as I used to. And, I think that I’ve lost touch with who the players are, what the flavour profile trends are, etc. and just pick up other stuff. But, when I see Robert Oatley’s name on a label, I instinctively grab it. In particular, their Signature Series is consistently great value. The 2014 Robert Oatley Signature Series Shiraz #460907 $19.95 is no exception. Although I like my Shiraz (see Zonte’s Footsteps) a little more reserved than most, this Barossa take is fine with me. The reason? It’s got loads that front the weight. It isn’t just big for big’s sake. Dark stuff, including a meaty thing, very balanced, herbal and lip smacking finish. Beautiful. The Signature Series Chardonnay is special as well.

Here we go again. I’m pimping Tawse. The 2014 Tawse Sketches of Niagara Riesling #089029 $18.20 is a mid-weight off-dry Riesling that has enough acid to get you to forget any lingering sweetness. It’s citrus, mouth-watering and perfect for swilling on a hot late summer night under the Perseid meteor shower or, in the case of city folk, under the ubiquitous halogen glow of streetlights. Tasty.

zuccardiZuccardi makes the scorned, yet, hugely successful Fuzion. They also make other labels which make you forget Fuzion – good stuff. The Serie A is one of those. This 2014 Zuccardi Serie A Chardonnay/Viognier #262097 $16.95 is fresh with tropical fruit all the way through to a puckery finish. Not ‘bad’ puckery – as in, “Man, that pure lemon juice is puckery!” but ‘good’ puckery, as in ………..well, I don’t have a good puckery quote but maybe you get the idea. Oak if you really look for it.

Cheers.

Bill

 

 

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