Friday, June 1, 2012

Monthly Picks: June 2012

More new releases and a couple of old favourites in this month's picks.

Columbia Crest Winery 2009 Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon - $15
A touch of sweetness is present both on the nose and palate which makes for a very easy-going drinking experience. The balance is a tad sharp to off-set the residual sugar and plum flavours.
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Chateau Des Charmes 2008 ‘Old Vines’ Riesling - $17
A medium-plus bodied Riesling, mostly due to the sugar levels, yet, never feels heavy or "fat" due to the leaning qualities of the acid and mineral notes.
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Fort Berens Estate Winery 2011 Pinot Gris - $18
This nearly-dry, mouth-watering and fruit-forward style of Pinot Gris is a joy to drink and a happy alternative to the many meaty and heavy versions produced in BC today.
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Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2011 Gewurztraminer - $18
Blessed with natural fullness and a creamy mouth feel, this release succeeds by reigning in the body with vibrant, mouth watering, citrus acidity that structures the Asian pear, apple and lychee fruit characters beautifully.
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Gold Hill Winery 2009 Syrah - $27
If you're looking for a Syrah with something to say, something loud, then this is the Syrah for you. Big, bold and boisterous with good intensity on the nose and palate that will pair beautifully with your next rack of BBQ ribs.
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Fairview Cellars 2009 The Bear - $35
Lovers of wine with a refined bite (fine tannins and mouth-watering acidity) will adore this vintage of The Bear. As for development, the sky's the limit. I look forward mightily to re-tasting this wine in two year intervals over the next eight as it melds and evolves.
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Mollydooker Wines 2010 The Boxer - $37
Ultra ripe dark fruit and pepper spice aromas are carried through to the massive palate with licorice and mocha flavours adding complexity. Pair with tangy BBQ steaks but leave time to quaff the gorgeous, warm nose.
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