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					INNISKILLIN RIESLING EISWEIN 2006
          The harvest occurs at the pinnacle of Canada's
         crisp winter. Exceptional grapes, naturally frozen on
         the vine, are delicately handpicked and carefully
         pressed throughout the night. Once guided through
         our arduous fermentation, the resulting wine can
         only be hailed as the Nectar of the Gods.


         Tasting Notes
         …sublime aromatics of fresh lime, apricot, grapefruit
         and peach blossom with a slight mineral edge. A
         racy interplay of sweet and tart offer up echoing
         balanced flavours of lemon, lime and candied
         apricot.
Frogmore’s Creek Iced Riesling 2008
        Dessert-style wine with luscious sweetness as its most obvious
        characteristic. High acidity combines with the high sugar to give
        the wine an intensely sweet yet balanced taste.

        Variety: 100% handpicked Riesling.Region: 100% Frogmore
        Creek vineyard, Southern Tasmania
        Winemaking: Crushed into press for overnight cold soak to
        maximise aroma and flavour extraction from skins. De-juiced with
        only slight pressure prior to freeze concentration to 18°Bé.
        Inoculated ferment, controlled at 16°C until sugar/acid/alcohol
        balance achieved.
        Awards: Bronze medal, 2007 Tasmanian Wine Show; Bronze
        medal, 2008 San Diego International Wine Competition;


        …….the seamless intermingling of fruit and sugar, and the
        equally seamless transition to an incredibly delicate, clean acid
        finish. The lemony, appley aromas and flavours are wonderfully
        enticing in themselves, but it’s the fineness of this wine and the
        delicate balancing of fruit, sweetness and acidity that make it so
        good.
2008 Chateau St Jean Chardonnay,
        Sonoma County
        Pleasing aromas of pear, mango and clove along with a
       hint of vanilla mingle on the nose of this classic Sonoma
       County Chardonnay. The well-balanced acidity wraps
       around a luscious core of pineapple, lemon and melon
       flavors and creates a creamy palate. The wine has a
       refreshing finish.


       bloggers notes
       …..drank as part of a wine night with friends. and served
       with chili rubbed pork tenderloin. …. not buttery, smooth,
       crisp.
       …I was looking for a "buttery" chard and this was
       recommended to me. It fits the bill. Very nice finish.
       Tasted much better when it was well chilled than when it
       warmed a little.
2007 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir
     It's hard to believe that this wine cots less than $20 –does
     it John!!!!
     The 2007 vintage in Oregon's Willamette Valley was
     particularly cool, giving this wine a clear, pure cherry fruit
     melody. …..alcohol, fruit, acidity and tannins are in perfect
     balance. …..food-friendly wine to drink now.
     …..bit cloudy in the glass, giving off a bouquet of dusty
     earth and muted red berry fruit, with a modest floral
     perfume encapsulating these scents. Flavors of
     strawberry and cherry are evident with balanced acidity
     ending in a decent finish.
     This is a wine that deserves time to open up and express
     itself. …a bit tight at first and unimpressive. …..tide turns
     later in the bottle.
2007 Seghesio Family Vineyards
          Zinfandel
         …..aromas of fresh ripe raspberries and
         blueberries intertwined with briar patch
         spices. On the palate flavours of raspberries,
         blackberries and blueberries persist with
         notes of creamy oak. A silky and refined
         texture with juicy acidity and smooth,
         integrated tannins.
         bloggers notes
         …..excellent, truly - huge black cherry flavor - smooth
         as silk - it deserves the #10 spot for certain! One of my
         favorite Zins to date and the price, it cannot be beat! Do
         not miss this one!
         ….balanced, opulent and smooth. Spice and red
         berries. Full bodied with a medium finish.
Yering Station- Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2006
         A complex wine, bringing together strong stone fruit, melon
         and citrus cool-climate characters augmented by barrel
         ferment oak and lees inputs. 13% Alc $23 Drink to: 2011
         Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion 2009

         Long, vibrant and rather polished, this supple, elegant and
         fruit-driven chardonnay backs its lively flavours or white peach
         and melon skin with lightly smoky vanilla oak and creamy
         complexity.

         Vintage 2006 was the earliest on record. The early onset was
         due to a warm spring, followed by unusually high summer
         temperatures. An excellent growing season led to even
         flowering and fruit set across varieties. Ripe fruit flavours
         meant fruit was harvested as early as possible to retain acid
         structure.
         Crushed, pressed into stainless steel tanks for settling prior to
         fermentation in French oak, 25% new oak. No malolactic
         fermentation. Pale Straw. This wine will age beautifully over
         the next 4-5 years.
Casillero del Diablo 2008 Malbec Concha y Toro
Gold Medal winner :Decanter World Wine Awards 2009.

…dark in color, on the nose are a mixture of lovely
dark fruits.

…mid pallet are some very nice fruit forward
cherries and cassis.
…hint of oak and tobacco on the wine but nothing
overpowering.
…finish of the wine has some nicely balanced
tannins and some complexity.
…..pairing it with a meat lasagna ??

….. drink now style of wine so don’t plan on
cellaring this one.
    Sauvignon Blanc - Bodega Norton
            Torrontes 2007


… a distinctly floral, fruity bouquet, with juicy
      fruit evident on the fore-palate,



 …….but does chop off with a short finish.

                    James Halliday
     2006 Kangarilla Road Fleurieu Primitivo

……heel of the boot of Italy in a region called Puglia.
Originally a native of Croatia, Primitivo eventually
travelled west to the USA where it mysteriously became
known as Zinfandel. We have used the Primitivo
synonym with this wine to reflect its exuberant
Mediterranean style.
 Our Primitivo was fermented employing gentle cap
management techniques.

The pressed wine was aged in French and American oak
for 12 months. The 2006 Primitivo was sourced from
vineyards in the Langhorne Creek and Southern Fleurieu
regions of South Australia.

Aromas of perfumed spicy bright red jubey fruits with
light fig and brambles.
The palate has loads of sautéed red fruits almost exotic
bonbon in style. The integrated yet flavoursome tannins
together with tight acidity create a wonderful lingering
finish. Drink over the next 5 years.
Zuccardi Chardonnay/ Viogner
            2008
….light, citrusy and made with very little to no
oak. It’s crisp and dry and perfect for seafood
or fish. The thirst-quenching quality of this
wine makes it ideal for Summertime get-
togethers.
….Nice wine for folks who don’t enjoy big,
buttery Chardonnays, but who enjoy that
varietal when done in this manner.
Montes Cabernet Sauvignon/
Carmenere Colchagua Valley
          2007
Loads of fruit concentration in this dark-
  ruby wine from top Chilean producer
    Montes. A blend of 70% Cabernet
Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere this read-
 to-drink pleaser has a medium intense
 nose of toasted oak, cassis and warm
    spice aromas with mineral notes.
 The full-bodied palate offers flavours of
  concentrated cassis from the Cabernet
with underlying spice from the Carmenere.
Lovely texture from integrated tannins and
good acidity makes this wine very easy to
drink solo or match with BBQ'd red meats.
 Very balanced medium finish. Drink now
               through 2012
Cape Mentelle Zinfandel 2003
…deep, dark red-black colour.
Sumptuous berry fruit on the nose,
with black cherry character.


…..rich and velvety fruit on the palate,
which has a fat, rounded texture.

…plenty of fresh acidity and spicy,
peppery tannins

.. 2003 aged Zinfandel drinking well.
     Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon is synonymous with the Napa
Valley ….Stags Leap District in particular. ….take
full advantage of this ideal location, planting
Cabernet vines in deep, well-drained loamy
volcanic soils.

….Round supple tannins wrapped around layers of
blackberry, espresso and black truffle


…perennial favorite on restaurant wine lists, …
generous in flavor and velvety in texture.

…Classic flavors of cassis and black cherry fill the
mouth as notes of violets and vanilla linger on the
finish.
                        Montes Alpha Shiraz 2006




…wonderful wine with cedar aromas mocha flavors crisp and youthful and firm
with mulberry flavors. Full bodied yet graceful and a great great value
Winery comments:
…scarcest of our ALPHA line, it shows how promising the Apalta Valley slopes
are.
… Yield is very low, only 6 tons per hectare. It has been aged in French oak
for one year and had only one soft filtering. Aurelio has added 7% of Cabernet
Sauvignon and a 3% of Viognier to the final blend.
.. intense ruby red color, it has a great aroma with floral, tobacco and leathery
notes. Strong and full bodied to the palate, with soft and mature tannins.

..very long, elegant and satisfying after taste. A superb Syrah. Syrah 90% +
Cabernet Sauvignon 7% + Viognier 3% Ruby-red.
     Montes Cabernet Sav Carmenere 2008
Loads of fruit concentration in this dark-ruby wine
from top Chilean producer Montes.

A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30%
Carmenere this read-to-drink pleaser has a
medium intense nose of toasted oak, cassis and
warm spice aromas with mineral notes.
The full-bodied palate offers flavours of
concentrated cassis from the Cabernet with
underlying spice from the Carmenere.

Lovely texture from integrated tannins and good
acidity makes this wine very easy to drink solo or
match with BBQ'd red meats. Very balanced
medium finish. Drink now through 2012. -
        Carmenere grape- extract from Wiki
The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted
in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to
produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending
purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.

A member of the Cabernet family of grapes,[1] the name
"Carménère" originates from the French word for crimson
(carmin) which refers to the brilliant crimson colour of the
autumn foliage prior to leaf-fall.[2] The grape is also known as
Grande Vidure, a historic Bordeaux synonym,[3] although
current European Union regulations prohibit Chilean imports
under this name into the European Union.[4] Along with
Cabernet sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit
verdot, Carménère is considered part of the original six red
grapes of Bordeaux, France.[5][6]

Now rarely found in France, the world's largest area planted with
this variety is in Chile in South America, with more than 4,000
hectares (2006) cultivated in the Central Valley. As such, Chile
produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today
and as the Chilean wine industry grows, more experimentation
is being carried out on Carménère's potential as a blending
grape, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Carménère is also grown in Italy's Eastern Veneto and Friuli-
Venezia Giulia regions[7] and in smaller quantities in the
California and Walla Walla regions of the United States.
 reserva CASILLERO del DIABLO Shiraz 2006
              Concha Y Toro

Bright, dark and deep purple in colour

…aromas of ripe blackberries, dark plums,
chocolate, and pepper and a touch of vanilla and
toasted American oak.


….Round and mouthfilling wine with ample smooth
and sweet tannins.

….dark and deep red. Very ripe and dense,
remarkably focused on flavor, offering solid
blackberry and cherry flavors.
      Norton Reserva Malbec 2006

…very toasty, offering showy
mocha and spice aromatics, but
there's also plenty of flesh, with
lush raspberry, fig and plum
notes that follow through on the
long, polished finish.


…drink now through 2010."

…90 Points Wine Spectator

				
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