Wednesday Wine Reviews @Sam_WineTeacher

 

2012 Chardonnay Reserve

Noble Ridge

Okanagan Falls, BC

$29.90

Golden yellow colour with medium intensity. Buttered toast, apple, pear and tropical fruit on the nose. Good balance with unctuous texture. Rich butter and tropical fruit on the palate, followed by a medium-plus finish. This wine paired nicely with creamy garlic Parmesan pasta.

 

2014 Valpolicella Superior (Ripasso)

Montresor

Verona, Italy

$27.57

Garnet/black in colour with deep intensity. Earth, chocolate, dark fruit and white pepper on the nose. Very good balance with smooth ripe tannins. The flavours echo the nose followed by a medium-plus warm finish. Serve with a big, thick steak. Good now but well worth hanging on to for a few more years.

 

2013 Tinta de Toro

Eternum Viti

Toro, Spain

$18.99

This wine over delivers and I have no problem recommending that you buy it. Garnet red with deep intensity.   The nose is layered with red berries, dark fruit, dust, chocolate and spice. Rich, round and well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. Lots of flavour on the palate followed by a medium-plus finish.

 

 

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon / Carmenere

Montes Alpha

Vallee de Colchagua, Chile

$23.99

70% CS, 30% Carmenere. This limited production wine is garnet red in colour with deep intensity. The nose is layered and complex with aromas of bramble, red and black fruit, earth, herbs and chocolate. Well balanced with smooth ripe tannins. The flavours mirror the nose followed by a medium-long finish. Search it out and buy a few for now and for aging.

 

 

NV Lambrusco Reggiano Frizzante

Lini 910 Labrusca

Correreggiano, Italy

$18.99

This fun Italian fizz is purple/black in colour with deep intensity. The nose shows aromas of juicy berries – blueberries, raspberries and currants with cocoa undertones. Light and refreshing with medium body and gentle tannins. Bright fruit on the palate followed by a medium finish. Food friendly, but also a fun patio/luncheon wine, especially given its 11% ABV. I liked that compared to sparkling Shiraz, the tannins are subdued.

 

Sam The Wine Teacher

About Sam The Wine Teacher

Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges.

He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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