Archive for the Fall Classic 2011 Category

Famillia Zuccardi fuZion Chenin Blanc | Torrontes 2010, Mendoza, Argentina. 375ml.

Fuzion has become a very strong brand in Canada based on a Syrah/Malbec blend.  The 2010 Famillia Zuccardi Fuzion Chenin Blanc Torrontes blend has a number of positive things to offer.   The nose is quite busy, too busy for my liking, but I will not be too hard on it considering this is a value wine. Citrus, floral, latex, pistachio, almond elbow eachother fighting for space in your nostrils.   The gulp would stump pretty much anybody.  Chenin Blanc is used to neutralize the Read more [...]

Drouhin Vaudon Chablis by Joseph Drouhin 2010, Burgundy, France. 375ml

This is a young Chablis.  Winos will insist that Chablis is worthy, if not dependant, on a few years of cellaring, but since this is a half bottle size – I will open up my Drouhin Chablis toute-de-suite.   Gorgeously inviting on the nose.  Floral, mineral, fruit... lots of promise indeed.   The gulp does not disappoint.  First of all I am lucky to be tasting this at home, under great circumstances and optimal serving temperature.  The fruit is a great balance of citrus Read more [...]

Marquis de Chasse Red 2008, Bordeaux, France 250ml

The 2008 Bordeaux Marquis de Chasse is pleasant little French Red, that fits the bottleDJ Fall Classic Small Bottle World Series in two manners.  One, it comes in a 250ml bottle which is one third of the regular 750ml and it is not a big, brash BDX.   Almost flinty on the nose, the fruit is present and pleasant with an underlying green woodsy effect.  With the flint and the green you get an image of being in the woods in the late summer, just like a hunter – and Chasse means to hunt.  Read more [...]

Two Oceans Shiraz 2009, W.O. Western Cape 375ml

Shiraz... ahhh the darling grape of inexpensive New World red wines.  The 2009 Two Oceans Shiraz doesn't jump out as South African wine, it is a pretty generic Shiraz.   Where the Indian and the Pacific Oceans meat in South Africa's cape area, you get all sorts of micro climates, born from temperate winds and intense sun, rising cliffs, rolling hills and elegant plateaus.  Too bad none of those shape this wine.   On the nose you have raspberry and muted strawberry, which carry Read more [...]

Cabral Port, Tawny 20 Year Old, Douro Valley, Portugal. 375ml.

I am not a Port connoisseur.  I do enjoy it, but I partake in it so infrequently that I have never bothered learn more about – I just shut up and drink it.  The semi dry Cabral 20 year old Tawny is  a red wine Port, but the colour is a very light orange shade of “clear”  I tried this 20 year old as part of a mini flight of the 10, 20 and 40 year old Cabral Tawnys presented by Marc Beausejour from Les Vins du Réseau International Global.   All three of these Cabral Tawny Ports Read more [...]

J.P. Chenet Cabernet-Syrah, Vin de Pays d’Oc. France 250ml

It has become a small trend for high quality wine makers in France to release non-AOC level “wine-geek”wines labelled either Vin de Pays d'Oc or simply Vin de France.  The J.P. Chenet Cabernet-Syrah Vin de Pays d'Oc is not for wine-geeks... but it is a respectable assemblage.   Purplish/red in colour, this blend has a very attractive nose; floral and powder notes cradle the smell of freshly pressed berries.  In the gulp the floral and powder disappeared into a mix of an acidy/juicy Read more [...]
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