Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quick Picks: Vintages Release ─ July 7 2012

This week it's Quick Picks.  It's been a busy week here:  Canada Day, wedding anniversary (dinner at Beckta), and the weather has been fabulous.  Who wants to be sitting at a computer when you can be on a golf course?

Just bare bone recommendations, without the reasons why I picked them.  So here we go...


BÙCARO 2010, DOC MONTEPULCIANO D'ABRUZZO (Italy); #277491; Price: $14.95; 14.0% ABV
Excellent with pizza on the grill.

Off the Beaten Track


CATHEDRAL CELLAR CHENIN BLANC 2011, WO Western Cape (South Africa); #278325; Price: $14.95; 14.0% ABV
Chenin Blanc is the comeback white grape variety of South Africa. Unoaked.

WATERKLOOF CIRCLE OF LIFE WHITE 2010, WO Stellenbosch (South Africa); #284588; Price: $26.95; 14.0% ABV
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, and Semillon.  Hakuna Matata.

ROYAL TOKAJI FURMINT 2009, Tokaji (Hungary); #653220; Price: $13.95; 14.0% ABV
They usually use Furmint to make the famous sweet wine of Hungary.  But this one is bone dry! Best value in this release.

BASTIANICH ADRIACTICO FRIULANO 2010, DOC Colli Orientali del Friuli (Italy); #277467; Price: $18.95; 13.0% ABV
Friulano!  Check out this rarity.


P. FERRAUD & FILS DOMAINE FERRAUD LES CHARMES 2009, AC Morgon (Beaujolais); #268052; Price: $17.95; 13.0% ABV
I go on and on about how good the Cru Beaujolais are…nuff said.

DOMAINE DURAND LES COTEAUX 2009, AC St Joseph (Northern Rhone); #272492; Price: $28.95; 13.5% ABV
St Joseph…the best value in the Northern Rhone.

CHÂTEAU OLLIEUX ROMANIS CUVÉE CLASSIQUE 2009, AC Corbières (Languedoc); #281162; Price: $15.95; 13.5% ABV
A blend of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah.

ALVARO CASTRO RED 2008, DOC Dao (Portugal); #285288; Price: $16.95; 13.0% ABV
Good value from Iberia!


Young and extra dry, as rosé should be.

FLAT ROCK CELLARS PINOT NOIR ROSÉ 2011, VQA Niagara Peninsula; #39974; Price: $16.95; 13.0% ABV

CHÂTEAU DE BERNE TERRES DE BERNE ROSÉ 2011, AC Côtes de Provence (France); #278861; Price: $16.95; 13.0% ABV
Grenache and Cinsault.

LE MAS DUCLAUX ROSÉ 2011, AC Tavel (France); #276337; Price: $17.95; 13.5% ABV
Grenache, Cinsault, and Carignan.

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