WYKwinos Report No. 13

Date/Time: 18th February 2011, 7 p.m.

Place: Regal Palace Chinese Cuisine  富豪金閣

1st Bottle Kruger-Rumpf Riesling Spatlese   


Varietal: Riesling   Winery/Producer: Weingut Krup-Rumpf
Type: White   (MD) Year: 2006
Cost: $16.95 Region: Nahe, Germany
Food to pair: 漁家小炒 LCBO #: 189662 
Remarks: Another lusciously fruity, subtly creamy wine from this collection, it expresses a sorbet-like fruit personality on its silken-textured palate, and spreads chalky, saline, and wet stone mineral along with effusive ripe fruit in a lip-smacking finish. Enjoy this irresistibly luscious Saptlese, model of refinement and balance, and excellent value anytime over the next 15 years.Score: 91
2nd Bottle Tabali Reserva Carmenere    


Varietal: Carmenere Winery/Producer: Vina Tabali  
Type: Red Wine    (XD) Year: 2008  
Cost: $14.95 Region: Limari Valley, Chile  
Food to pair: 冰梅鎮排骨  LCBO #: 044008  
Remarks: This is a lovely example of the variety that aspires to be Chile’s signature. Look for well-structured fruit that shows good depth and complexity, partnered with clean acidity that makes for a tangy texture, its solid right through the palate, and is a natural for hearty red meat dishes.Score: ****  
3rd Bottle Rolling Shiraz   


Varietal: Shiraz Winery/Producer: Cumulus Wines   
Type: Red Wine    (XD) Year: 2009  
Cost: $14.95 Region: Central Ranges, N.S.W. Australia  
Food to pair: 黑椒蘑菇牛柳粒 LCBO #: 203133  
Remarks: The nose is alive with blackberry, black pepper, spice and candied fruit aromas. The palate is dry, medium bodied and just as rich in fruit and spice notes. This is a great value wine and will really soar when paired with beef bourguignon.Score: 90 ( RL)  
4th Bottle J. Bouchon Las Mercedes Reserva Especial  


Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon Winery/Producer: Vina J. Bouchon  
Type: Red wine    (XD) Year: 2007  
Cost: $14.95 Region: Maule Valley, Chile  
Food to pair: 手淋脆皮雞 LCBO #: 208348  
Remarks: A Gold Medal winner at the 2010 Concours Mondial in Brussels, this wine features aromas of black cherry, rose petals, black pepper and a hint of mint. Dry, focus and fresh; this wine has tremendous aroma replays on the palate. A bit firm at the moment but decants it for an hour and it will be a happy partner for stir-fried beef.Score: Gold Medal winner  
5th Bottle SUR De Los Andes Reserva  


Varietal: Malbec Winery/Producer: Sur Bodegas Y Vinedos  
Type: Red wine    (XD) Year: 2007  
Cost: $13.95 Region: Argentina  
Food to pair: 痲辣水煮牛筋腩 LCBO #: 208322  
Remarks: This is a textbook Malbec from Mendoza. The intense nose is a sensory thrill-ride, bursting with notes of cherry, cocoa, leather, cedar, blackberry, earth, and a hint of bacon. Dry and medium-full bodied, the palate is layered and complex, with rich fruit replays embroidered by lovely chocolate notes.  Tannins and the acidity are beautifully balanced. Medium-long on the finish, with tantalizing spicy-cedar notes. Treat your friends to a taste of Mendoza, and serve with a hearty spicy stew.