WYKwinos Report No. 6

Date/Time: June 10, 2010, 7 p.m. (roughly 3 hours)

Place: Mon Sheong Court

1nd Bottle Eugenio Collavini 2008 Sauvignon Blanc                                      

 

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Winery/Producer: Azienda Vinicola E. Collavini
Type: White Year: 2008
Cost: $16.95 Region: Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Food to pair: Garden Salad + Cream of Mushroom Soup LCBO #: 93575 
Remarks: Aromatic nose evocative of white peach, cantaloupe and yellow pepper. Like flavors are replicated on the palate with added hints of lemon and cream. Wonderfully balanced and crisp. Lingering, steely finish. Score – 93. (Kerin O’Keefe, www.thewinenews.com, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2009)
2st Bottle Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance 2007                                             

 

 
Varietal: Blend of old vine Grenache & Carignan Winery/Producer: Etablissements Thunevin  
Type: Red Year: 2007  
Cost: $16.95 Region: Rhone, France  
Food to pair: Rack of Lamb + Lamb chop LCBO #: 168690  
Remarks: The 2007 Constance – as usual, Grenache-based, aged part in cement and part in barrel – is vividly redolent of fresh black raspberry and blueberry. With its infectiously juicy, ‘cool’ fruit character yet at the same time a striking sense of crushed stone and graphite, this long-finishing cuvee represents an outstanding introduction to its region as well as outstanding value. Score – 90-91. (David Schildknecht, www.erobertparker.com, June 2009)  

 

Eugenio Collavini 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Aromatic nose evocative of white peach, cantaloupe and yellow pepper. Like flavors are replicated on the palate with added hints of lemon and cream. Wonderfully balanced and crisp. Lingering, steely finish. Score – 93. (Kerin O’Keefe, www.thewinenews.com, Sept./Oct./Nov. 2009)

Release Date: Feb 20, 2010

 Agent: Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Ltd.

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 Critic Review

John Szabo

Crafted in a new world style, this sauvignon from northeastern Italy has intense aromas of passion fruit and guava, underpinned by citrus, fresh cut grass and green pea. The palate is mid-weight, balanced and juicy, with decent depth and length, finishing on lightly bitter flavours. Ready to enjoy. Value Rating: **1/2

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Calvet-Thunevin Cuvee Constance 2007

The 2007 Constance – as usual, Grenache-based, aged part in cement and part in barrel – is vividly redolent of fresh black raspberry and blueberry. With its infectiously juicy, “cool” fruit character yet at the same time a striking sense of crushed stone and graphite, this long-finishing cuvee represents an outstanding introduction to its region as well as outstanding value. Score: 90-91 (David Schildknecht, www.erobertparker.com, June 2009)

 Release Date: May 29, 201

 Agent: CALIBRIUM INTERNATIONAL

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Critic Reviews

John Szabo (Canada’s first Master Sommelier, critic for Wine Access, Wine Align etc.)

Clean, open, savoury, spicy and succulent southern French red here, with impressive flavour intensity and length at the price. This has real personality and character – perfect for a mixed grill. Tasted April 2010. Value Rating: ***

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 David Lawrason (www.DavidLawrason.com; critic for Globe & Mail ,Wine Access, Wine Align)

 Huge value from a high flying new outfit (including funding from Ch. Valandraud in Bordeaux) in the“hot” “Catalans” region near the Spanish border. Blend of old vine grenache and carignan the showy aromatics include ripe plum, sweet oak, cigar and earthy notes. It drinks the same – warm, smooth, generous and right there, with better length than expected. Some dusty tannin, but ready to go and it should last through 2014. Excellent length. Tasted May 2010

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