Wine Notes December 16 2014
December 15, 2014
Jean-Claude Mas Prima Perla Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs Brut, Traditional Bottle-Fermented Sparkling Wine, Languedoc. 12% $19.99 Harvest Wines (Also available at Cristall Wine Merchants and Premier Wine & Spirits) This seems to be a Crèmant de Limoux in all but name. With its deep golden colour, rich citrus, floral and yeasty brioche on the nose, generous citrus flavour, creamy mousse, chalky mineral and bright, balancing acidity, it is an outstanding value. Perfect for affordable holiday entertaining. People will think you paid considerably more money! ***
The two following wines come from Spain’s Bierzo region in the northwest of the province of Léon, bordering Galicia. The climate is well suited to quality wine production with a good balance between rain and the semi-arid heat typical of Léon. The white is made from the Godello grape and the red from the Mencía, the region’s most impressive red variety.
Alvarez de Toledo Godello 2013, Bierzo DO, Spain 12.5% $15.99 Harvest Wines (Also available at Cristall Wine Merchants & Premier Wine & Spirits) Quite different from earlier vintages, this 2013 shows refined floral and yellow fruit scents with crisp apple and lemon citrus flavours, refreshing acidity and appetizing mineral grip, finishing very dry. Pair with simply prepared sea food and lighter cream-based chicken and pasta dishes. **
Alvarez de Toledo Mencia Roble 2013, Bierzo DO, Spain 12.5% $15.99 Harvest Wines (Also at Cristall Wine Merchants & Premier Wine & Spirits) Enticing, aromatic developed fruit, fine spice and fresh herbal notes with discernable black currant, clove and cinnamon. More black fruit shows up in the mouth, backed by solid structure and balance, finishing very dry. A polished wine from a regional grape that shows a lot of elegance. Drink now or lay down for 3-5 yrs. ***
Luigi Leonardo Sangiovese Rubicone NV, IGT, Italy 12.5% $12.99 Harvest Wines (Also at Cristall Wine Merchants & Premier Wine & Spirits) Offers red cherry fruit with decent tannic and acid balance with a touch of varietal bitter cherry on the finish. Reliable, everyday quality. *
Luigi Leonardo Chardonnay Trebbiano Rubicone NV, IGT, Italy 12% $12.99 Harvest Wines (Also at Cristall Wine Merchants & Premier Wine & Spirits) Yellow pear and green apple fruit with a light floral note, clean and fresh on the palate, this is an everyday wine but will work well for inexpensive holiday entertaining. **