Thursday, March 1, 2012

Monthly Picks: March 2012

This month we've focused our suggestions on wines that are drinking nicely now and should develop further with some patience. Buy two bottles, drink one now and lay one down for 1-2 years. Then compare your notes from each tasting and see for yourself if you notice any improvement or evolution in the wine.

Finca Sophenia 2009 Reserve Malbec - $14-16
This is the Malbec to seek out for all of the folks who are tired of overly juicy and predictable Mendoza examples that are available at this price point. Ready to drink now and may development further over the next 2 years.
Full Review

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2009 Merlot - $19
The hot, intense summer of 2009 cooked the red grapes nicely upping the concentration on the nose, palate and in the colour.
Full Review

Nk'Mip Cellars 2008 Merlot - $20
Currently on sale for $18.49 at BCLDB and VQA stores. A masculine wine with strong savoury characters of mocha, oak, tobacco and mint on the nose and palate while offering a welcomed vein of dark fruit tang and lingering spice on the long finish.
Full Review

Perrin et Fils 2009 Les Cornuds - $20
The Syrah is the dominant component in this well made Côtes du Rhône Village blend, yet the tannins are fairly mild, though don't let that deter you from laying down one or two bottles for further development.
Full Review

Stag's Hollow Winery 2009 SHV Pinot Noir - $25
The fruit aromas are accompanied by savoury, earthy notes of mushrooms, forest floor and smoke creating a developing bouquet that deserves time to evolve in the glass before drinking.
Full Review

JoieFarm 2009 Reserve Chardonnay - $30
The long, long finish delights with both savoury oak and ripe pear fruit flavours and just a touch of lingering spice. Utterly charming now, but should age nicely if properly cared for.
Full Review

Painted Rock Estate Winery 2009 Red Icon - $55
A harmonious blend of 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 1% Syrah delivering massive complexity and concentration that never overloads the dry palate rather evolves slowly in the glass to reveal layers of the flavour profile.
Full Review

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