Six reds and three rosés

"... the first two reds are Syrahs: a fine Crozes-Hermitage from the northern Rhone, and an excellent Niagara Syrah from Creekside Estate ..."

available in Ontario from September 2, 2017

In these notes, I present six excellent red wines and three very good late-summer rosés. The first two reds are Syrahs: a fine Crozes-Hermitage from the northern Rhone, and an excellent Niagara Syrah from Creekside Estate. These are followed by a Syrah-Cabernet blend, also from Niagara. Then a very good Barolo, and two rather different Burgundies: a youthful regional wine, and a 2007 Côte De Nuits-Villages.

  • 2014 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Les Jalets, Crozes-Hermitage AC
  • 2014 Creekside Iconoclast Syrah, VQA St. David’s Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • 2014 Henry Of Pelham Family Tree Red, VQA Ontario
  • 2012 San Biagio Di Roggero Bricco Barolo DOCG
  • 2015 Domaine De Bellene Maison Dieu Vieilles Vignes, Bourgogne Pinot Noir AC Bourgogne
  • 2007 Maison Roche De Bellene Vieilles Vignes, Côte De Nuits-Villages AC

The three rosés are all Grenache-based blends from Provence:

  • 2016 Chanzy Vin Rosé De Provence-Coteaux Varois AC
  • 2016 Esprit Gassier AP Côtes de Provence
  • 2016 Gabriel Meffre GM Rosé AC Côtes de Provence
9365

PAUL JABOULET AÎNÉ LES JALETS CROZES-HERMITAGE AC 2014

Vintages #489443 • $26.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
This is a delight! I want to focus on structure here: vivid acidity, fine tannins, but most importantly, just 12.5% alcohol, making a lighter, tight, compact package. Such a contrast with many of the southern French red wines these days. The nose is constrained, with a lightly meaty, earthy character and some underlying blackberry and plum fruit, with notes of dried herbs and violets. The palate has a lightness, because of the structure, and the fruit has some freshness despite being fully ripe. The tannins and acidity combine into a juicy, blackberry-tinged finish. Elegant and quite compelling.
Tasted Aug 29, 2017 • HALPERN ENTERPRISES (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9348

CREEKSIDE ICONOCLAST SYRAH 2014, VQA St. David's Bench, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Vintages #471797 • $24.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
This is a bright and focused cool climate Syrah. There is certainly lots of extraction, as suggested by the deep, dense ruby-purple colour, and the nose suggests that as well, with densely packed blueberry, blackberry and plum fruit, graced by notes of violets and pepper, and backed by a twiggy undertone. But what defines this wine is the vivid acidity, that enlivens the palate, balances the fine, grippy tannins, and keeps the fruit fresh and lively. Tannins and acidity mingle with an essence of blackberry on the lingering finish. The Syrah is from Queenston Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake, supplemented by a small percentage of Viognier. A Niagara benchmark, in my view.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • HOBBS & COMPANY (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9349

HENRY OF PELHAM FAMILY TREE RED 2014, VQA Ontario

Vintages #247882 • $18.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
A blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a splash of Baco Noir. This speaks to Niagara, or at least cool climate winegrowing, with what I find to be a pleasant herbal, twiggy and lightly earthy streak underlying concentrated black cherry, blackberry and black currant aromas. The wine is dry, nicely balanced with firm acidity and ripe, fine tannins supporting the densely-packed fruit. The savoury elements linger on the finish. Overall, nicely done, and a fine value.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • HENRY OF PELHAM FAMILY EST. WINERY (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9373

SAN BIAGIO DI ROGGERO BRICCO BAROLO DOCG 2012

Vintages #489989 • $45.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
This wine is from the hillside vineyard San Biagio near the village of La Morra. It is medium-depth ruby-garnet in colour. Pronounced leathery, earthy notes introduce ripe cherry and blackberry fruit, and a dusting of baking spice. The wine is dry, medium full-bodied, with firm acidity and fine but slightly chalky tannins. The acidity brightens the fruit, that is mostly still fresh with a slight sour edge, but is also beginning to show some drying character. Savoury, earthy and dried-herb elements surface on the mid-palate, and carry into the lingering, drying finish. The difficulty in making an unreserved recommendation here is that two of the three bottles opened for tastings showed cork taint.
Tasted Aug 29, 2017 • RUBAIYAT WINE AND SPIRIT MERCH. (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9359

DOMAINE DE BELLENE MAISON DIEU VIEILLES VIGNES BOURGOGNE PINOT NOIR 2015, AC Bourgogne

Vintages #478545 • $25.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
This is a charming regional Burgundy. The fruit is from old vines, located in a regional vineyard called Maison Dieu, just east of the village appellation of Pommard. The wine is dark red, but still is translucent medium-depth. The nose is so attractive: the strawberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit has an earthy-twiggy depth, with a hint of cinnamon spice too. The tannins are fine and silky, and the lively acidity infuses the fruit on the palate with a pleasant juiciness. Nicely balanced, with firm acidity balancing the fairly ripe fruit from the warmer 2015 vintage.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • NICHOLAS PEARCE WINES INC (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9360

MAISON ROCHE DE BELLENE VIEILLES VIGNES CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES AC 2007

Vintages #487447 • $29.95 • 750ml. • 90/100
It's a treat to have a reasonably-priced 10-year-old Burgundy on the shelves. There is still lots of colour depth: dark garnet-red, showing lighter garnet on the rim. Be prepared for some evolved leathery, lightly oxidative notes on the nose, with a core of strawberry, cherry and cranberry fruit still very much at the centre. The palate is a little fresher, framed by fine tannins and vibrant acidity, that keeps the fruit alive, with the oxidative elements in the background. Earthy, dried leaf elements emerge towards the finish, that lingers with a pleasant acid-tannin astringency. Drink this soon if you want to enjoy some of the lovely fruit, but it has the structure to evolve further in the cellar.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • NICHOLAS PEARCE WINES INC (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9399

ESPRIT GASSIER 2016, AP Côtes de Provence

Vintages #490839 • $19.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
A Provençal blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah, with 10% Rolle. Extremely pale salmon in colour, the nose is restrained, with subtle notes of strawberry, apple, peach and orange zest. The wine is dry, with enough acidity to keep the palate pleasantly balanced and alive, and a savoury-herbal note adding interest to the fruit. The finish lingers with tart strawberries and red apple crispness. Subtle and quite elegant.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • SELECT WINE MERCHANTS INC. (Agent)Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9400

GABRIEL MEFFRE GM ROSÉ 2016, AC Côtes de Provence

Vintages #490979 • $17.95 • 750ml. • 89/100
This is a pleasant Grenache-based rosé with some life and substance. It's pale salmon, though deeper in colour than many I'd describe as such. Nicely defined strawberry, raspberry and red apple aromas translate onto the palate with a pleasing denseness, animated by bright acidity. It is dry, balanced, with an attractive apple-skin tannin texture towards the finish. Very nice value.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • KIRKWOOD DIAMOND CANADA PARTNERSHIP (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



9401

CHANZY VIN ROSÉ DE PROVENCE-COTEAUX VAROIS AC 2016

Vintages #490821 • $15.95 • 750ml. • 88/100
This is a compact rosé from the Coteaux Varois in Provence. Very pale salmon in colour, the nose presents subtle strawberry, red apple, tangerine and peach aromas, with hints of apple blossoms and green herbs in the background. The wine is dry, with just enough acidity to keep the palate fresh, the peach and red apple fruit comes to the fore, and the finish dries with a suggestion of strawberries and tart red apples. A very good value.
Tasted Aug 22, 2017 • TASTEVIN SELECTIONS (Agent) • Find it at your nearest LCBOShare Recommendation



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