Top Picks from Vintages' June Releases
June 7 release:
Look for the Gold and Silver medal winning Ontario VQA wines from the
ONTARIO WINE AWARDS competition in selected Vintages Stores.
Geyser Peak Winery Zinfandel 2000 (Sonoma County, California)
This wine is one of nineteen California Zins to be released this month
and, to my palate, the best. This is a take-no-prisoners Zin, full of
rich, jammy blackberry fruit, dark and full-bodied with a beguiling sweetness
at its core yet with enough architecture to support its fatness.
Saintsbury Chardonnay Unfiltered 2001 (Carneros, California)
Another full-flavoured Chard from California but with better acidity than
most. Straw-coloured with a Burgundian nose of warm hay and apple; toasty
and spicy with rich hazelnut and citrus flavours; well balanced with great
Schloss Reinhartshausen Erbacher Hohenrain Riesling Spätlese
A mouthful in all senses of the word. A great example of what happens
to Riesling when ages so gracefully. Golden colour with a green hue; honey
and peach on the nose with a rich, mineral and dried apricot flavour.
A perfect tension between honeyed sweetness and citrus acidity.
June 21 release:
Bonny Doon Ca' del Solo Malvasia Bianca 2000 (Monterey County,
A great summer sipping wine. Pale straw colour with a perfumed nose of
carnation and spices, very Muscat-like; off-dry, medium-bodied with a
bold, clean grapey Muscat flavour. Good length.
Babich Pinot Gris 2002 (Marlborough, New Zealand)
Joe Babich makes very elegant, understated wines that shine like gems.
Medium straw colour, delicate white peach bouquet with a hint of spice;
clean and true, medium-bodied with a round, soft mouthfeel with deceptively
Tenuta Fontodi Chianti Classico 2000 (Tuscany)
This Chianti comes on like a Riserva with its intensity and concentration.
Dense purple colour showing some maturity at the rim; a heady mix of vanilla,
plum and cedar on the nose; ripe fruit, richly extracted; medium-bodied,
plum and mineral flavours, elegant and well balanced.
For reviews of all the wines I tasted from both releases, see my wine
reviews (members only).