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 Saturday, March 2, 2013

QUINTA DO PORTAL LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2003 
VINTAGES #310011

14.95

Plum and cinnamon spice show prominently on the nose. The dark cherry and boysenberry flavors burst onto the palate and take no prisoners. Most producers would be proud to call this Vintage Port. Yummy stuff, delivering monster tannins that will soften considerably over the next half decade. This is the best LBV I have tasted from this producer. Portal’s LBV is unfiltered and will improve from here; enjoy today or through 2015.

Score – 93+. (Roy Hersh, fortheloveofport.com, May 20, 2008) 

 

QUINTA DA LIXA POUCO COMUM ALVARINHO 2011 
VINTAGES #316968

14.95

Citrus lime flavours. Medium-bodied with high acidity, which is balanced with residual sugar that’s reminiscent of a riesling. The wine serves well as an aperitif but is also a good accompaniment to traditional Cantonese dishes. Try it with a double boiled soup made from duck, pork, ginger and aged tangerine peel.

(Sarah Wong, South China Morning Post, July 12, 2012) 

 

APEGADAS QUINTA VELHA TINTO 2009 
VINTAGES #314435

16.95

Blend of touriga franca (30%), tinta roriz (15 %),tinta barroca (15 %) and an old vines field blend, half aged in used oak for 12 months. This is a lovely low end entrant and the big bargain of the lineup, with nice structure, tasty and sweet fruit and some persistence on the finish, another example, perhaps, of how this big vintage elevated some of the lower level wines. It has a little flamboyance early on. It fleshes out in the glass and takes on more weight as it airs out, also showing additional purity as it airs out, with the sweet notes calming down; it opened with considerable richness, quite delightful in its own way. Not quite as concentrated in the mid-palate as it sometimes seems from the initial rush of fruit, this is nonetheless a bargain that also has reasonable structure. It should hold pretty decently in the cellar, approachable early and peaking in the next couple of years. Its siblings presented this issue may have more upside, but this doesn’t have much to apologize for, although the lesser oak treatment and rich fruit make it somewhat differently styled. Drink now-2019.

Score – 89. (Mark Squires, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)

 

CASTELO DE AZURARA RESERVA 2010 
VINTAGES #314542

14.95

Intriguing aroma profile of plum, spice, menthol, fig and mulberry. Dry and juicy with structured tannins. Gourmet sausages, hamburgers or even a meaty pizza would work well with this.

(VINTAGES panel, Aug. 2012) 

 

HERDADE DO SOBROSO SOBRO RED 2010 
VINTAGES #306563

14.95

Piquant spice, aromatic bitters and cedar aromas provide intro to a tangy, juicy river of dark cherry and spice-laden black plum mingling with a solid ripe tannin underpinning. Medium bodied and nicely textured this red blend finishes fruit forward and nicely balanced. Decant/aerate a couple of hours and serve alongside roast pork or grilled hangar steak.

Score – 4 Stars (out of 5). (Vic Harradine, winecurrent.com, Jan. 7, 2012)

 

 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

 

BORGES VINTAGE PORT 2007 VINTAGES #250639

29.95

A glass-coating, opaque purple color with aromas of mineral, pencil lead, clove, allspice, and assorted black fruits. This is followed by a silky-textured, suave, savory Port with excellent depth and moderate aging potential. It will deliver prime drinking from 2017 to 2027.

Score – 90. (Jay Miller, erobertparker.com, Feb. 2010)

 

DOW’S LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2005 VINTAGES #613927

16.95

Very ripe young fruit, a damson and sweet plum juice flavor, with a touch of stalkiness as well as richness. The wine bursts with fruit, although finally quite dry, with a complex, dark texture.

Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, March 1, 2010)

 

CONDE FOZ DE AROUCE QUINTA DE FOZ DE AROUCE RED 2008 VINTAGES #303545

19.95

Dark-colored wine, a blend of baga and touriga nacional, both of which lend their tannins to this still-young wine. It is dense with a firm, dry presence. The fruit is textured, structured, focused on weight and aging potential.

Score – 91. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Feb. 1, 2012)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

QUINTA DE VENTOZELO RESERVA TAWNY PORT VINTAGES 297796

16.95

A great sip for warm conversation at the end of a cold day. Bright orange-tawny colour with gorgeous aromas of fig, raisin, apple-cinnamon and cloves. Fills the senses once again on the palate, with warm fruit and spice notes lingering on the finish. Roasted nuts or blue-veined cheeses will complement nicely. (VINTAGES panel, April 2012)

 

TAYLOR FLADGATE FINE WHITE PORT VINTAGES 69856

15.95

‘Taylor Fladgate’s Fine White Port is fully matured in oak so it’s smooth and ready for immediate consumption. It pours a dark golden and wafts aromas of applesauce, oak and nuts. Serve it chilled with toasted almonds or hazelnuts for a creative aperitif, or simply sip it slowly on its own after a meal.’ (James Nevison, The Province, Sept. 20, 2012)

 

SIVIPA VINHO GENEROSO MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL 2010 VINTAGES 246652

14.95

The great sweet wine, from the region south of Lisbon, has returned. Aromas suggest orange blossom, candied quince, honey, yellow raisins and orange marmalade. Medium sweet with a very tasty and appealing attack. Excellent aroma replays on the palate. Try this with crème brûlée. (VINTAGES panel, April 2012)

 

MURALHAS DE MONÇÃO VINHO VERDE 2011 VINTAGES 80374

14.95

With a high proportion of Alvarinho in the blend, this is round, with a creamed apple flavor. It is ripe, full and delicious now. Score – 89. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Oct. 2012)

 

QUINTA DO CÔA VINHO TINTO 2008 VINTAGES 182295

17.95

The Côa valley is at the remote eastern end of the Douro. The wine revels in its firm, mineral, structured character, with acidity, spice and a dry center. There is weight, richness and the potential for aging. Score – 91. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2011)

 

TERRA D’ALTER ARG ARAGONES 2009 VINTAGES 292045

14.95

Raspberry, strawberry, sour cherry, plus a hint of tar are the primetime aromas here. Dry with a pretty sweet fruit core and good aroma replays on the palate. Medium-full bodied with a long, fruit-driven finish. Enjoy with intensely flavoured beef dishes. (VINTAGES panel, March 2012)

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

 

CORTES DE CIMA RED 2009 VINTAGES #677971
21.95
Blend of aragonez with syrah, petit verdot and touriga nacional.
An impressive wine, this estate wine of Cortes de Cima shows dusty tannins in a firm, ageworthy structure. The berry fruits are solid, concentrated, while always balanced. Age for 3-4 years.

Score – 90. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2011)

 

DOW’S QUINTA DO BOMFIM VINTAGE PORT 1999 VINTAGES #487850
54.95

Dark and opaque, with mahogany edge. Evolved, secondary aromas with hints of tobacco, dried fruit and raisins and some savoury, gamey notes. Much intensity and concentration on palate, which is satiny smooth, juicy sweet and savoury, with a peppery pungency, great complexity and depth. It drinks beautifully right now.

Score – Silver Medal (Best in Class). (International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2011)

 

MESSIAS LATE BOTTLED VINTAGE PORT 2007 VINTAGES #140863
16.95
From a stellar Port vintage comes this approachable and enticing LBV. Deep garnet in the glass, it delights with rich notions of mulberry, blackberry, cocoa and baking spices. Sweet, round and mouthfilling with a good depth of fruit. Savour with a mulberry yogourt parfait, berry pie with whipped cream, or some good Stilton. (VINTAGES panel, April 2012)

 

SMITH WOODHOUSE VINTAGE PORT 2000 VINTAGES #140277
79.95
Aromas of licorice, flowers and crushed blackberries. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely smooth, fine tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish. Greatest young Vintage Port of Smith Woodhouse I have ever tasted. Best after 2014. Special Designation: Highly Recommended.

Score – 95/Top 100. (James Suckling, winespectator.com, May 15, 2003)

 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

 

Here is a list of the Portuguese wine releases from Vintages on Saturday, October 27. Check Vintage online to determine inventory at your nearest LCBO outlet.

 

CARMIM REGUENGOS RESERVA 2008
VINTAGES 293753

17.95

Description
Gold Medal winner at Mundus Vini 2011 in Germany.
Tinta caiada/alicante bouschet/trincadeira/aragonês
Tasting Note
Crystal clear wine, ruby in colour with evolved aromas of spice, raisin and vanilla, plus soft tannins to give it balance. It’s notable for its well-defined regional characteristics. This wine can be drunk now, or if you prefer, you can let it age for 3-4 years. (sabores.sapo.pt, Oct. 10, 2011)

 

MEANDRO DO VALE MEÃO 2009
VINTAGES 244731

22.95

35% touriga nacional, 30% touriga franca, 25% tinta roriz and 5% each of sousao and tinta barroca.

Tasting Note
Rather burly, powerful and hard edged, this Meandro shows a lot of everything. In keeping this open for awhile, I noted first how steely and hard it became and then finally saw some signs of it expanding and improving. This is a big Meandro – not that we haven’t seen big ones before – but it did come around pretty well with some time and effort. It is a lot of wine for this price range. Give it a couple of years to settle down. It has upside potential it is not showing at the moment, but it should be a great value . Drink 2014-2023.

Score – 91. (Mark Squires, erobertparker.com, Dec. 2011)

 

VIDIGAL RESERVA TOURIGA NACIONAL 2007
VINTAGES 293456

16.95

Description
This wine earned a Gold medal at Germany’s Mundus Vini awards in 2010.
Tasting Note
A firm, tannic wine that reveals the cool ocean climate of Lisboa. This wine is structured and spicy from wood aging, with underlying juicy, well-blended flavors of plum and blackberry.

Score – 88. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, June 2012)

 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

 

 

Here are the Vintages releases of Portuguese wines on Saturday, September 29. Check the Vintages web site for inventory on your area if you are planning to head out to the LCBO store. http://www.vintages.com/index.shtml

 

QUINTA DO PORTAL TREVO VINHO VERDE 2011 VINTAGES #292086

13.95

It’s a bright and breezy fresh white which I reckon would appeal to muscadet fans who fancy something a little more perfumed. The loureiro component brings attractive sweet talc notes to nose and palate as well as a limey dash of acidity, which lends animation to its rounder pear/pear skin fruit. Super drinkable. Very well made. (Sarah Ahmed, thewinedetective.co.uk, March 2, 2012)

ABREU CALLADO RESERVA 2009 VINTAGES #280586

19.95

A smoky aroma and dark chocolate flavors gives the wine a brooding feel. It has considerable weight to go with the spice, wood and black plum fruits. It could do with 2 years aging.

Score – 91. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Nov. 2011)

 

QUINTA DO CASTELINHO DOURO RESERVA 2009VINTAGES #704981

15.95

The blend here is again touriga franca, touriga nacional and tinto fino (tempranillo): rich, ripe fruit but underpinned with good acidity and a solid structure. Good value for a Portuguese wine of this seriousness. (Andrew Neather, London Evening Standard (U.K.), July 5, 2012)

 

June 23, 2012 @ Vintages

CASA DO VALLE GRANDE ESCOLHA 2011
VINTAGES 276220 | 750 mL

$14.95

The 2010 vintage of this wine was #46 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys of 2011.
Quite expressive floral and ripe citrus along with hints of sweetgrass and peach. Generous fruit, medium body and a smooth, creamy texture. This is Vinho Verde with some serious stuffing. Tangy lemon peel and a kiss of minerality on the finish. Pair with sushi, seafood salad, or grilled calamari with a squeeze of lemon. (VINTAGES panel, May 2012)

 

QUINTA DO QUETZAL RESERVA 2007  VINTAGES 277376 | 750 mL

$27.95

Rui Reguinga, named Portugal’s Winemaker of the Year in 2009, produces this sumptuous wine. The fruit is rich, with jammy berries and plums, balanced with spice from wood aging. The core of tannins suggests a powerful wine that will age well. Score – 94. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Dec. 15, 2010)

 

SERRADO COLHEITA 2008
VINTAGES 283192 | 750 mL

$11.95

Deep ruby in colour with a very pretty nose featuring floral notes, blueberry, plum, bramble and peppery spices. It’s very dry with a core of plump berry fruit and spicy flavours supported by somewhat firm tannins and medium acidity. A great value, this should drink well over the next 4 years with rare steaks or spicy grilled sausages. (VINTAGES panel, May 2012)

 

SOGRAPE RESERVA DOURO 2008
VINTAGES 335208 | 750 mL

$17.95

Still quite youthful-looking with its deep purple colour, this Touriga Nacional-based blend shows aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, tobacco, cedar and hint of green pepper. It’s quite dry and medium-full bodied with loads of ripe black cherry, plum and blackberry flavours lifted by lively acidity and supported by firm tannins. A tangy red with plenty of heft. Serve it with quick-seared rare lamb shanks. (VINTAGES panel, May 2012)

 

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Cristiano Van Zeller 2009 CV – Curriculum vitae

$135.00

90 points by Robert Parker

The 2009 CV is the latest offering of this small volume bottling. In 2008, this wine, normally Van Zeller’s biggest and richest, showed a slightly different type of balance. A creature of its vintage, it had some restraint, a crisp austerity and steely component. The restrained vintage conditions seemed to meld well with its normally rich style, producing something special, well delineated, and focused, yet not at all thin or wimpy. In 2009, a vintage that one would think plays more to its normal type, the question was going to be whether it became a ponderous monster. A vintage that adds oomph to Casal de Loivos might put CV over the top. At the least, it was a vintage where I certainly thought CV would, at a minimum, be a sexy beast. In most respects, it is far more controlled than that. I gave it 4 hours of air on first tasting and played with it on Day 2 for an hour as well, just to give it a thorough workout. A monster? Yes…and no. In mid-palate depth, it is startlingly elegant, not a whole lot different than the 2008, as if the winemaker fought back against the vintage. There is some evidence of restraint. One place where the vintage may be noticeable, however, is the alcohol level. The question for this wine as it ages is whether it will keep its alcohol bursts (15.5%) in check. It is predictably intense and tight on the finish early on; I’d expect nothing less. There is a lot of power and it has its fair share of tannins lurking underneath. Yet, it did come around fairly nicely in that regard and should continue to do so. It actually has some finesse, too. The alcohol, though, was noticeable at times and accordingly I was a little concerned at times. It certainly didn’t destroy an otherwise fine presentation, but it may well have marred it. Let’s say that I was not completely convinced. So, let’s be conservative at the moment. It certainly has loads of upside potential, but it needs to demonstrate the ability to acquire more harmony and balance in the cellar. It has something to prove. Drink 2013-2023.

Cristiano Van Zeller 2009 Quinta Vale D. Maria

$78.00

Robert Parker 96 points

The 2009 Tinto (Quinta Vale D. Maria) is a Douro field blend. This year, it has a sexiness to it that is captivating. Yet, that is certainly not all it has. The structure is impressive as is the balance, although it may need a few years to get where it’s going. The tannins are obvious, sometimes hard edged, but they are ultimately going to integrate. In its youth, the oak is also a touch obvious, but it is equally clear that will integrate, too. This seemed easy to categorize early on as sexy, ripe and tasty. There is tremendous potential here, mostly submerged at the moment. For every 15 minute interval it was open, it changed and got better. Put this in the cellar and come back in 5-6 years. Let it show you what it has. It will be a contender for one of the best Vale D. Marias. It will be a contender for wine of the vintage. It is tremendous. Drink 2014-2030.

 

April 14, 2012 @ Vintages

ASTROLÁBIUM RESERVA VINHO TINTO 2008  VINTAGES 276121 | 750 mL

$15.95

Description
The wine is made with Alfocheiro, Tinta-Roriz (aka, Tempranillo) and Touriga Nacional (prized in Douro as one of the prime Port grapes). Alfocheiro may be the least known of the three, but it is a grape adored by Portuguese winemakers for producing impactful, deeply coloured wines.

Tasting Note
The name [astroláium] is a reference to the instrument’s importance to the Portuguese navigators as they rounded the world in the 15th century. The wine is more earthbound, tied firmly to the Dão grapes and a finely structured character. Score – 88. (Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, Aug. 2011)

 

February 18, 2012 @ Vintages

VARANDA DO CONDE ALVARINHO/TRAJADURA VINHO VERDE 2010
VINTAGES 966663 | 750 mL

$13.95

Trying to will the arrival of spring? Vinho Verde is one of those perfect wines to conjure images of warm, sunny days. Produced in a bone-dry style, as is customary for more traditional versions, it is especially flavourful when producers use the superior Alvarinho grape in the blend. This lightly frizzante wine is fruity and crisp. Enjoy with the Portuguese dish Rissóis, a deep-fried dumpling that is traditionally filled with crab (though variations can include fish, mussels or even spicy ground beef), or simply steamed mussels, or oysters on half shell.