Monday, July 2, 2012

Monthly Picks: July 2012

In contrast to our all-homegrown selections for Canada Day, we're going all-international for July's monthly picks.

The People's Wine Co 2010 Pinot Noir - $16
For a taste of Central Otago Pinot Noir that delivers a nice balance between the classic mushroom/forest floor and red fruit characters we've come to love from New Zealand, it's had to beet The People's Co offering for value.
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Viña Santa Alicia 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - $17
The Santa Alicia Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is a drink me now wine, but that doesn't exclude it from deserved praise; few Cabernets designed for early consumption are this good and affordable.
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Oyster Bay Wines 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - $17
Classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with loads of gooseberry, green apple, sweet grass and lemon drop aromas and flavours without pungent cat's pee notes.
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Chateau Pey La Tour 2010 Grand Vin - $18
This Merlot dominant blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in cameo roles, offers nicely structured red and blue fruits with herbs and tobacco notes and impressive balance. Despite its lowly "Bordeaux AOC" label this wine has character and good typicity for the vintage and region, all for under $20.
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Viña Santa Carolina 2009 Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon - $20
The finish is both juicy and tart, refreshing your mouth for the next sip, but the fruit dissolves a bit too quickly leaving unbalanced burnt oak notes to linger.
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Cameron Hughes Wine 2009 Lot 250 Meritage - $20
Ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit dominate the sweet nose and smooth palate. Some pepper and pencil shaving notes add complexity and help ground the fruit characters.
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Cellar Besllum 2008 Montsant - $20
This offering, a blend of equal parts Carignan and Garnache, has plenty of character on the layered nose and smooth palate. Smoke, cured meats, strawberry, cranberry and leather make up an eclectic mix of aromas for the developed bouquet.
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- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012

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