A Good Crop of “Hot Buys” from Cristall Wine Merchants and an Attractive Pinot on the NSLC List
Today’s reviews are mainly drawn from Cristall Wine Merchants specially priced wines. Quoted prices are good only until November 30th. The Mark West Pinot Noir is regular price at NLC stores and is widely available.
Jack’s Canyon Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Waipara, New Zealand 13% $19.99 ($2 Off) Cristall Wine Merchants, Sunnyside Mall, Bedford
Ripe gooseberry scents backed by fresh grassy herbal and mineral aromatics lead the way for crisp lean green fruit and grippy mineral on the palate. A little less exuberant than the average Kiwi Sauvignon, this one is more akin to Old World styles. Excellent pairing for fresh seafood, especially oysters on the half shell (which are now in season). **
Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, North Coast. California 13.9% $21.99 ($3 Off) Cristall Wine Merchants
Blackcurrant and blackberry with typical Cabernet varietal green herb, cinnamon and clove bouquet lead into rich ripe blackberry flavours encased in a rounded supple tannic structure. Finishes very dry with well-integrated fruit, spice and a subtle touch of chocolate. This stylish California Cab punches well above its weight. With a few years bottle age, it is drinking very well now. ***
Mark West Pinot Noir 2013, California 13.5% $18.99 NSLC (Wide Distribution)
Fragrant ripe cherry accented with spicy and light herbal overtones with bright cherry flavour in the mouth. Tannins are velvety with a light splash of dark chocolate on the dry finish. Polished, varietally correct Pinot and sound value at the price. An excellent pairing for rare roast beef. ***
Beamonte Tempranillo 2012, Navarra DO, Spain 12.5% $11.99 ($2 Off) Cristall Wine Merchants
Typical Tempranillo warm red berry fruit with an elegant dusting of spice on the nose shifts towards dark berry with a splash of milk chocolate in the mouth. Medium weight and harmoniously balanced, it will pair especially well with grilled red meats. ***
Finca Las Moras Chardonnay 2014, Argentina 12.5% $9.99 ($3 Off) Cristall Wine Merchants
Lemon citrus and fresh floral scents expand on the palate with citrus, green apple and lightly buttery flavours and refreshingly clean acidity. Medium weight and well-balanced, this one is a first rate value for everyday drinking. **
Note: All wines I review are recommended. Star ratings are intended to indicate value and quality within a given price range.