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Best of the Daily Slosh 2012: White

31 Dec
If you missed my Best of 2012 for Reds, click here.  Otherwise, here is the best of for whites. Enjoy!
  1. 2010 Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine – Every so often I recommend a muscadet and by feedback, I’ve not always hit a home run. However, I think that the 2010 Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine (#164624 $12.95) will please. Briny, crisp, the perfect match for simply prepared seafood on a patio while skipping work (including BB off).
  1. 2011 Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc – I’ve recommended many New Zealand sauvignon blancs. They seldom disappoint. The 2011 Wither Hills Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc (#919514 $17.95) is one of the better priced ones and just as satisfying as the more hefty ones. Yes, I love these fresh, vibrant and robust wines. A kind of combination of Anita Ekberg, Mamie Van Doren…….Dagmar….but not confidential. Did I mention the music/wine continuum?
  1. 2011 Flat Rock Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling – Every year when this wine comes out, I suggest that you run to the store and pick up a bunch. And, I know of many who have and rejoiced. Now, 2011 was a variable year in Niagara and only good, patient winemaker’s will have excelled. This is one of those winemakers2011 Flat Rock Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling (#578635 $19.95). It’s not surreal but I’m breton that you’ll love it. It’s as good as riesling gets in Niagara for this price.
  1. 2011 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling – A repeat recommendation is in order – 2011 Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling (#262469 $19.95). A lovely riesling that goes with just about anything other than burnt meat, a good pre-dinner sipper, stand arounder, before bed medicinal dose, and/or pre-breakfast hair of the dog.
  1. 2009 Simi Chardonnay – At the wine tasting this week, someone asked about creamy chardonnays. This week, there’s a pretty good example – 2009 Simi Chardonnay #673806 $19.95. Not an over the top buttery chard but one that is mid-weight with nice fruit and creaminess just the same. I get this each year for the “one that must be obeyed”.

Best of the Daily Slosh 2012: Red

31 Dec

At this time of year, we reflect on the past twelve months, make promises about the next twelve, and get hammered a bit more than we’d care to admit. In that spirit (the reflecting part) I’d like to offer up Duff’s Best of 2012.

These choices and entries were pulled from my regular newsletters and your feedback, initial calculations were made on the back of an envelope (yes, I still use real mail), logarithms were developed to create unbiased selections, and then I chose the ones that I wanted to. Well, I listened to you too.

2012 Best of Daily Slosh Red  

  1. 2006 Sasso Al Poggio When I recommend Toscana reds, you love them and I feel the love when you do. This week, there’s a special one that was named #60 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Wines of 2011. The 2006 Sasso Al Poggio (#134809 $18.95) is a “stunner”. Well, that may be hyperbole (and awfully UK) but you get the point – it’s damn fine. Now, who would like this wine? I’d say that if you like your wine a little dirty (not psychotic and sad Britney Spears-dirty but Sarah Silverman-dirty – good dirty, if that makes sense. If not, forget the ramble), not heavy (Britney redux) and with loads of personality – then, this is for you. Seriously, it is a full-bodied wine with loads going on and all in the right balance. The winery web site says to serve with matured cheeses and game.
  1. 2007 Beronia Reserva – Spain has brought us special things – Paella, Flamenco, Coca Cola, Chess, Penélope Cruz and wine! We can discuss the other things over a glass of Sherry but on the wine front, maybe there’s nothing more Spanish than Rioja. The 2007 Beronia Reserva (#050203 $18.95) is a great example of Rioja Reserva – smooth, balanced, and quirky good. Love Muga? Love LAN? You’ll love this! And, it’s cheaper.
  1. 2009 Brancaia Tre – I was in Providence, Rhode Island last week visiting our son and just couldn’t leave him with lousy wine. What caring father would do that?  So, I wandered to the local and picked up a bottle of 2009 Brancaia Tre for him. And, what do I see this week in our LCBO release but Brancaia Tre, a Super Tuscan. It just keeps getting spookier. FYI, a Super Tuscan isn’t a mild-mannered Florentine news reporter. One, two, three……It’s a consumer term for a Tuscan wine made outside of the traditional DOC or DOCG rules. Typically, it uses cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and/or merlot to a greater extent than normally allowed in Chianti, Brunello, Rosso di Montalcino, or Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and usually is labeled as an IGT (Indacazione Geografica Tipica) and, sometimes, Toscana. This one – 2009 Brancaia Tre (#164715 $22.95) has a good dose of cabernet sauvignon and merlot along with sangiovese and is understated and delicate. I love this stuff! This was offered a few months ago and vanished within minutes. Did I say that I love this stuff? Take your time with it, savour it, and think about the warm Tuscan sun that produced this beauty.
  1. 2010 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec – While we’re discussing malbec, you need to pick up a bottle of 2010 Susana Balbo Signature Malbec (#079798 $19.95). This is a full-bodied malbec that has integrated oak and lots of fruit to enjoy. Susana Balbo makes some wine under her name, like this one, but also consults with many malbec growers and vintners in Argentina. She’s one very busy Argentinean. But don’t cry for her……………cause O Susana don’t cry for me.
  1. 2006 Hecht and Bannier (H&B) Côtes du Roussillon-Villages – A great wine from the south of France made by a superior winery is the 2006 Hecht and Bannier (H&B) Côtes du Roussillon-Villages (#142802). The St.-Chinian by H&B was also spectacular. These guys continue to turn out fabulous wines, typical of this region. E. Robert Parker’s wine critic in Roussillon says of this wine, “…….you don’t have to believe in the efficacy of geological underpinnings to recognize the dazzling complexity and uncanny balance on display here.” Phew! I have had sleepless nights worrying that my lack of belief in the efficacy of geological underpinnings was getting in the way of me recognizing dazzling complexity and uncanny balance. Anyone else with me?
  1. 2008 The Watcher Shiraz – For the Aussie lovers, there’s a wonderful shiraz that’s been recommended here before. The 2008 The Watcher Shiraz (#219196 $19.95). Chewy? You bet. Made by Fetish Winery. So, this wine goes well with hand cuffs, feather ticklers, lace, and small rodents (kidding on the rodents, of course!). It’s also recognized as #51 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2010. Pick up a bottle and see if they were right.


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