Vintages Catalogue May 11 2013

Here are my top wine picks from the May 11 Vintages Release. You can also get all 55 of my Best Value Wines and Top Rated Winesfor red, white, rose, sparkling and dessert wines that encompass many price points, styles and regions. You can also see my reviews for the April 27 LCBO Vintages Release.

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Here are my reviews that were published in the LCBO Vintages Catalogue:

Holy Trinity April 27 1Liberty Zinfandel April 27 2Vineland Chenin Blanc April 27 3La Crema Chardonnay April 27 4Guenoc Cabernet April 27 5Cave Spring Chardonnay April 27 6Chateau Pys April 27 8Vieux Sharpe April 27 9

Tiefenbrunner Pinot GrigioHere are more of my top wines:

Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2012, D.O.C., Südtirol-Alto Adige, Italy

Dry and refreshing with aromas of lime, grapefruit and dry white peach. Mouth-watering. This is classic northern Italian Pinot Grigio. Some white pear and stony minerality on the palate. Medium-bodied and thirst-quenching: perfect as an aperitif or companion to seafood or shellfish. Pair with: squash soup, chicken cacciatore,  sherry potatoes, spaghetti, avocado and papaya salad. Drink: 2012-2015. 954024 13.5% XD 750 mL $17.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value White Wine

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Domaine Saint-Rémy Réserve Gewürztraminer 2011, A.C., Alsace, France

Amazingly rich and concentrated with aromas of rose petal, lychee and white peach. This family-owned estate was established in 1725. This organic wine offers a lot of  pleasure, with floral and spice notes on the finish. It’s great for mild and medium curries, Asian fare and medium-spiced dishes. Pair with: chicken cacciatore, pasta,  sherry potatoes. avocado papaya salad, Mexican dishes. Drink:  2012-2016. 61150 13.5% M 750 mL $19.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated White Wine

Gerard Bertrand Syrah Grenache

Gérard Bertrand Syrah Grenache 2010, A.P., Minervois, Midi, France

Full-bodied with attractive wild tart cherry aromas and cedar brush. Tasty and full-bodied. Lovely mixed spices and smoke on the finish. Perfect for potluck gatherings and dinner parties. Great price. Will benefit from 2 hours decanting before drinking. Try it with hearty meat dishes. Pair with: Indian dishes, beef, pasta, Swiss cheese, Tourtière. Drink: 2012-2015. 952804 14.5% XD 750 mL $15.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Red Wine

Grant Burge The Holy Trinity

Grant Burge The Holy Trinity Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2010, Barossa, South Australia, Australia

An incredibly rich and concentrated wine with intense aromas and layers of blackberry liqueur flavour. Demands hearty meat dishes and won’t be satisfied until you are. Bring it on! This is a flagship label for this winery and you’ll know why when you taste it. It’s a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre grapes (thus, the trinity).  Lovely dark raspberry notes on a long, and ultimately satisfying finish. Worth every penny. Pair with: hearty meat dishes, black bean soup, Balsamic Grilled Radicchio with Shaved Pecorino, lamb, herb-rubbed roast chicken. Drink: 2012-2016. 236257 14.5% XD 750 mL $29.95 Score: 94/100. Top Rated Red WineMas Des Bresssades Rose

Mas Des Bressades Cuvée Tradition, Cyril Marès, Vign. Rosé 2012, A.C., Rhône, France

Lovely, lovely field strawberries blowing in a spring rain. Dry and refreshing. Perfect aperitif or companion to many dishes, from seafood to pate. Drink: 2013-2014.  950576 13.5% XD 750 mL $14.95 Score: 90/100. Best Value Rosé Wine

Domaine Maby Rose

Domaine Maby La Forcadière Rosé 2012, A.C., Tavel, Rhône, France

Field raspberries and strawberries with some terrific acidity for food. Dry, crisp finish. Great aperitif or companion to seafood and roast chicken. 701318 14.5% XD 750 mL $16.95 Score: 91/100. Top Rated Rosé Wine

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Champagne Gonet-Médeville, A.C., Champagne, France

Toasty an creamy and lovely. This bubbly is made from 100% pinot noir; disgorged October, 2011. Gorgeous intensity and crispness with a long finish. Drink: 2013-2018. 319947 12.5% XD 750 mL $49.95 Score: 93/100. Top Rated Sparkling Wine

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