A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 706: Memorable Wines This Week

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro 2014

Tastings this past week:

Ruffino Riserva Ducale Oro Chianti Classico 2014 (Tuscany – $47.95): Deep ruby colour; cedary, black cherry nose wit a sweet tobacco note; medium-bodied, dry, savoury, dark chocolate and black fruit flavours; beautifully balanced with a lovely mouth-feel (92).

Lavau Tavel Rosé 2018 (Rhône – $18.95): Pink with a bluish tint; minerally, strawberry and watermelon bouquet; medium to full-bodied, dry, richly extracted strawberry flavour; nicely balanced wine. (89)

Bellissima Prosecco Brut (Veneto – $24.95): Very pale in colour with an active mousse; minerally, lemon and apple nose; medium-bodied, dry, citrus and green apple flavours; clean and fresh on the palate. (88.5)

Gérard Bertrand Fitou 2015 (Provence – Grenache/Carignan – $16.95): Deep ruby-purple colour; blackberry and sweet herbs on the nose; medium-bodied, dry, high-toned black fruit flavours with a balsamic note. (87)

Gérard Bertrand Minervois 2015 (Provence – Syrah/Carignan – $15.95): Dense purple-ruby in colour; black raspberry nose with light oak influence; medium to full-bodied. Dry, firmly structured, black raspberry and mulberry flavours with lively acidity and a warm alcoholic finish (14% alcohol). (89)

Castillo de Almansa Reserva 2014 (Almansa, Spain – $10.95 until September 16th): A blend of 50% Monastrell. 30% Garnacha Tintorera, 20% Tempranillo. Deep purple-ruby in colour; licorice and blackberry nose with a note of dried rose petals; medium-bodied, dry, with fresh acidity. (89)

Pencarrow Pinot Noir 2016 (Martinborough, New Zealand – $24.95): Ruby colour; spicy, black raspberry and blackcurrant nose with evident oak; medium-bodied, dry, raspberry flavour carried on lively acidity. (90)

Jean-Max Roger Sancerre Rosé Cuvée La Grange Dimiêre 2017 (Loire – $27.95): Bright, pale salmon colour; redcurrant nose with a light mineral note; medium-bodied, dry, watermelon and redcurrant flavours; well-balanced with lively acidity. (89)

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