Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

New Wines Represent Fine Quality/Price Ratio

Several New wines have come my way and represent fine value. I have included the name of each country and its producer/wine importer 

Basileus Shiraz
Country: Australia
Vintage: 2018
Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Shiraz                    $21.95                      94.5/100 points
Colour: Very Dark Red, clear with no particles
Nose: Ripe dark fruit such as blue berry and black berry, refined vanilla spice, pepper notes with meat flavours such as bacon and spiced beef.
Palate: Full bodied with big tannin structure, muscular yet has elegance.   
Comments: A truly nice food wine that will complement meat dishes and game. The price is reasonable. Barossa with its very old vines produces some true benchmark wine.  
Wine Company: Angove Family Winemakers
Wine Importer: The Case For Wine 
Dalva Branco Douro 2018         $12.95                        93 points/100
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Grape Variety:            Viosinho, Malvasia Fina, Codega
Colour: Light yellow, brilliant and clear
Nose: Floral, mango, passion fruit, banana, citrus
Palate: Light bodied, pleasant and lingering with ripe fruit/light refreshing acid finish.
Comments: Interesting light wine that would be a super aperitif. Great for seafood.
Wine Agency: The Case for Wine
Producer: C. da Silva not to be confused with Casa Silva of Chile.

Dalva  Tinto Douro 2016     $12.95                             92/100 points
Country:  Portugal  
Region: Douro
Grape Variety:    Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo)
Nose: Ripe red berries, pepper spice, fig, vanilla wood
Palate: Full bodied with good balance/integration with nice lasting finish
Comments: Capable for aging at least three more years if not more. The wine is capable of complementing meat dishes and stews. Nice price/quality ratio.  
Wine Agency: The Case For Wine
Producer: C. da Silva (not to be confused with Casa Silva of Chile)

Name: Domaine La Decelle  Valreas 2017 (Reserve)        $17:00         Vintages #14391                                          94.5/100 Points 
Country: France
Region: Cote du Rhone Villages Valreas
Grape Variety: 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah
Colour: Dark red, clear, no debris 
Nose: Wine is young and somewhat closed but exposure to air evolves into dark fruit such as blackberry, plum, black raspberry with notes of vanilla, pepper spice, burnt leaves/cigar
Palate: Full bodied with excellent mouth feel, silky smooth with elegant tannin structure. Integrated and balanced. Dark and red fruit with a bitter almond finish that persists. Very nice wine
Comments:  From a region where wine making goes back hundreds of years and sparked an interest from the Pope in the 14th Century. It lies in the heart of the Enclaves de Papes (Valreas is only some 49 minutes away from Châteauneuf du Pape and 62 minutes from Avignon). The vines are old and bear concentrated fruit as is evident in this wine.  While lovely to drink now, this wine will certainly improve with three to six years of ageing if one can keep his/her hands off it! An amazing wine at the above price!  
Agency: Marchands des Ameriques
Producer: Frederic Lavau  

Monteci Roveiago Rosso
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto (Verona)
Grape Variety:    Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot                                93/100 points
Colour: Red, clear almost brilliant with no debris
Nose: Ripe red fruit,  floral rose, vegetal nuances
Palate: Medium Body, clean and fresh taste, round with pleasant soft finish.
Comment: Pleasant drinking with pizza, grilled meat and cold cuts.
Agency: The Case For Wine
Producer: Family Monteci
Monteci Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2016                          94/100 points 
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto (Valpolicella)
Grape Variety:  Corvina, Corvinone, Rondinella, Osleleta 
Colour: Dark red, clear and no debris
Nose: Dark fruit, vanilla wood, caramel, licorice, earth, floral violets
Palate: Full bodied, firm tannin, powerful but balanced, long lingering finish
Comments: Stainless steel fermented then 24 months in second hand barriques and 24 months in oak barrels.

 A rich wine with flavour filled stews, game, beef.  Great quality/price ratio. 
Agency: The Case for Wine 
Producer: Family Monteci