Wine of the Week for September 5, 2019

Château La Pirouette 2016 (Bordeaux)
Deep ruby in colour; cedary, ripe plum bouquet with oak spice and a light floral grace note; medium-bodied, dry, bright, gently savoury flavours of ripe plum and cherry and milk chocolate. Well-balanced, nicely structured and quite forward with ripe tannins. Drinking well now but will reward a couple of years’ cellaring. This tasty Medoc is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot has 13% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar. (90 points) BEST BUY ($23.95, Vintages #644799)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, Part 739: A Big Tasting Week… in Germany

Good-looking young serving staff seen in a doorway behind a light blue banner reading 'VDP. DIE PRÄDIKATSWEING…'

For four days I was in Wiesbaden to attend the annual VDP. Grosses Gewächs tasting. On two days of tasting the wines from the 2018 vintage managed to sample 211 (out of 425). I concentrated on the first day on Spätburgunder from Württemburrg, Ahr, Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden; on the second, on Riesling from Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Rheingau, Mittelrhein, Nahe, Rheinhessen, Pfalz, Baden and Franken. Continue reading

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Wine of the Week for August 29, 2019

Toro Bravo White 2018 (Verdejo, Sauvignon Blanc) (From La Mancha, Spain – $7.95, LCBO #10711)
Palest lime in colour; very slightly smoky, grassy nose of ripe apple-lemon; medium-bodied, lemony, green plum and green fig flavours with tangy acidity. Tart but refreshing. A great bargain-priced Spanish white perfect for seafood. (88.5 points / BEST BUY)

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 738: The Latest Tastes

Tasted on August 21st 2019: Continue reading

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A Wine Lover’s Diary, part 737: A Real Laughing Stock

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Laughing Stock Vineyards lineup

This week I tasted wines from Laughing Stock and more… Continue reading

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