Top Picks from Vintages' December releases
Thirty Bench Reserve Chardonnay 1999 (Ontario)
This is one of those wines you won't believe came from your own backyard.
It has a real New World mouthfeel about it. Yellow straw in colour; the
nose is spicy, toasty oak backed by ripe fruit and a buttery note; intense
and concentrated, tangerine and melon flavours, soft and round on the
mid palate with an oaky note; finishes well with a nutty ending.
Goldwater Estate Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2002 (New Zealand)
This wine has fruit from Marlborough although the winery itself is located
on Waiheke Island. Palest straw colour; lovely passionfruit nose with
a floral grace note; medium bodied, fresh and zesty gooseberry flavour
with lively acidity.
Robert Mondavi Merlot 1999 (Carneros, California)
This is one of the three best Californian Merlots I have had from this
vintage. Dense purple colour; vanilla, cedar and red and black berries
on the nose; lovely integration of fruit and oak, great structure with
a rich middle palate. Powerful with elegance here.
Domaine Dujac Morey-St-Denis 2000 (Burgundy)
This is one of my favorite villages in Burgundy and this wine is what
great red Burgundy is all about. Plum-ruby in colour; high-toned, raspberry
and violets on the nose; elegant, well made; still has the bloom of youth
a steel fist in a velvet glove. Hold five years and invite me round.