CHÃTEAU LA COURANÇONNE SEGURET ROSÉ 2012, AOC Côte Du Rhône Villages, France


NewFiole

Cost: $18.00 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: 60% Cincault, 25% Grenache, 15% Syrah
Category: Rosé wine
Location Bought: The Tasting Room, Grand Cayman
Country: France
Region: Côte Du Rhône Villages
Format: 750 mL
Producer: La Courançonne
Alcohol: 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Bright salmon in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

A good quality Rosé wine for under $20

Positives: This wine features lemon/lime, strawberry, pomegranate, cucumber and flint. Medium body with good acidity & a fairly long length.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 2 years on its own or pair it with conch ceviche.

Tasted: 22 April 2014

Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9+/10, Total: 18/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

INDACO 2008, IGT Tuscany, Italy


Indaco

Cost: $38.00 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: The Tasting Room, Grand Cayman
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Tenuta Dei Sette Cieli
Alcohol: 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Beautiful ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

An elegant easy drinking wine

Positives: This complex wine features cedar, pine, Christmas cake, cassis, cloves, vanilla, cranberry, turmeric, spearmint & spinach on the finish. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity, a long length and the alcohol is well integrated.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Reminds me of a well-made Napa Cab. Good value for the money.

Thank you Mario, from The Tasting Room, for recommending this wine.

Drink now or in the next 10 years on its own or pair it with grilled lamb chops with mint-mascarpone pesto.

Tasted: 21 April 2014

Score: 9+/10, Value: 9+/10, Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4+

VENETO VILLA ALMADI CHARDONNAY 2012, IGT Veneto, Italy


almadi

Cost: $14.00 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: The Tasting Room, Grand Cayman
Country: Italy
Region: Veneto
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Almadi
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Light gold in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

Two styles of Chard depending on the glass you use. Outstanding for $14.

Positives: When used in Chablis glassware this wine features Honeysuckle, lemon, melon, green apples, flint & volcanic ash. The Montrachet glassware brings out dates, figs, Rapsflower Blossom honey & apple pie.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 2 years on its own or pair it with seared scallops.

Thank you Mario from the Tasting Room for this recommendation.

Tasted: 20 April 2014

Amazing Buy

Score: 9/10, Value: 10/10, Total: 19/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

ALI 2012, IGT Tuscany, Italy


Ali

Cost: $14.00 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: 85% Sangiovese, 15% Merlot
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: Tasting Room, Cayman Islands
Country: Italy
Region: Tuscany
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Donna Laura
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Bright ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

An easy going wine that is exceptional for being under $15

Positives: This wine features light cedar with sour cherry, basil, thyme, cherry tomatoes, strawberry and Turkish delight. Medium body & tannins with good acidity & an average length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: The classic bottle and great taste create quite a sophisticated presentation.

Thanks to Mario from the new wine store, The Tasting Room in Grand Cayman for recommending this wine.

Drink now or in the next years on its own or pair it with .

Tasted: 19 April 2014

Best Buy

Score: 9/10, Value: 9.5+/10, Total: 19/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4+

BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO 2007, DOCG, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy


Brunello

Cost: $45.00 Cayman Islands
Grape Variety: Sangiovese
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: Tasting Room, Cayman Islands
Country: Italy
Region: Montalcino, Tuscany
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Duca Di Saragnano
Alcohol: 14% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Bright ruby with a garnet tinge in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

A perfect nose followed by a great taste.

Positives: This complex wine features cedar with sour cherry, cloves, nutmeg, sage, cherry cola, vanilla, white pepper, peppercorn, espresso, blackberry preserve & arugula. Medium+ body & tannins with good acidity & a long average length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Taste like $60-$70 Brunello

Thanks to Mario from the new wine store, The Tasting Room in Grand Cayman for recommending this wine.

Drink now or in the next 10 years on its own or pair it with braised Bison short rib.

Tasted: 19 April 2014

Top pick

Score: 9.5+/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 19+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 5

CUVÉE 2010, Dalmatia, Croatia


croatia

Cost: $15.95
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Syrah
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: Croatia
Region: North Dalmatia’s Coast
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Benkovac
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Deep ruby in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose.

Three reasons to buy this wine: 1. Taste’s good, 2. Dalmatia is an ancient wine growing area that is coming back to form after the Soviet Union reign & 3. It’s only $15.95, can’t loose

Positives: This wine features a beautiful nose and an old world rustic taste. It shows cedar, blackberry, blueberry, oyster mushrooms, leather, graphite, sage, thyme, dark cherry & plum. Medium+ body and tannins with good acidity & a long length.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with rib-eye steak.

Tasted: 12 April 2014

Best Buy

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 9.5/10, Total: 18.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4

LCBO: 359901

DRY CREEK VINEYARD CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2010, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States


Dry Creek

Cost: $25.95
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: D’Arenberg
Alcohol: 13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Dark ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

A nice wine, but I’m torn as it taste more Chilean than Sonoma

Positives: This wine features cedar, blackcurrants, cassis, blackberry, dark cherry, plum, black peppercorn, green peppers, menthol, soy, graphite & leather. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity & a long length.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with prosciutto mushroom pizza.

Tasted: 17 April 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10, Total: 17+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 642207

BACHELDER NIAGARA CHARDONNAY 2011, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada


Bachelder

Cost: $29.95 ($27.95 until 27 April 2014)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: Canada
Region: Niagara Peninsula
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Bachelder
Alcohol: 13% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Light bright gold in colour with a medium to medium+ intense nose.

Crisp yet with a nice mild creaminess on the finish.

Positives: This wine features light oak, lemon, green & yellow apple, ginger, clementine and limestone. Medium body with good acidity & a long length.

Negatives: None

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with orange roughy.

Tasted: 8 April 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5/10, Total: 17+/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5

LCBO: 302083

BERINGER KNIGHTS VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States


Beringer

Cost: $37.95 (On sale $32.95 until 27 April 2014)
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Category: Red wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Knights Valley, Sonoma, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Beringer
Alcohol: 14.3% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Deep ruby in colour with a medium+ intense nose.

A good time to try Beringer’s mid level Cab while it’s $5 off

Positives: This wine features cedar, blackcurrants, plum, raspberry, mocha, arugula, radicchio, spinach & leather. Full body with medium+ tannins, good acidity & a long length.

Negatives: A bit bitter on the finish, however it dissipates after being decanted for about an hour.

Drink now or in the next 7-10 years on its own or pair it with speck & arugula pizza.

Tasted: 9 April 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10 Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 352583

SONOMA-CUTRER RUSSIAN RIVER RANCHES CHARDONNAY 2012, Russian River, Sonoma County, California, United States


Sonoma Cutrer

Cost: $26.95 (on sale $23.95 until 27 April 2014)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: White wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: United States
Region: Russian River Valley, California
Format: 750 mL
Producer: D’Arenberg
Alcohol: 14.2% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Bright gold in colour with a medium intense nose.

A nice cool climate style Chard from California

Positives: This wine features light oak, white flowers, peach, pear, lemon and limestone. Medium body with good acidity & a fairly long length.

Negatives: None

Interesting Note: Use the smaller cool climate Chard glass, highlights the lemon and limestone.

Drink now or in the next 3 years on its own or pair it with lemon pepper grilled catfish.

Tasted: 10 April 2014

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5+/10, Total: 17.5/20

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 608653

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