Cspc# 530139 (XD) October 27, 2012 Vintages Release (2,455 cases of 12) note: Wine Spectator has not reviewed the current vintage but here is the summary for the past few years;



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October 27, 2012 Vintages Release Product List

Preliminary notes

Every preliminary wine information sheet will indicate (XD)

LINE 4 : 2010 BONTERRA MENDOCINO ZINFANDEL - $17.00



2010


Bonterra

Mendocino County

Zinfandel
$17.00
CSPC# 530139
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(2,455 cases of 12)


NOTE: Wine Spectator has not reviewed the current vintage but here is the summary for the past few years; 2009 – 86 points; 2008 – 82 points; 2007 – 80 points; 2006 – 87 points; 2005 – 74 points.
Majestic Wines (UK)

Issue: 2012



3 ½ stars (out of 5)

Origin: Bonterra’s belief that organically grown grapes make wines ‘simply taste better’ has fuelled their quest to become one of the world leaders in organic viticulture. Dry farmed, 35-40 year old vines, at 240-800 metres above sea level are blended together in the wine.

Taste: Brooding aromas of bramble, dark and red berries, white pepper and toasted oak. Powerful rich flavours of sweet plum, blackcurrant and black pepper are rounded by soft, sweet tannins and hints of vanilla.

Food Match: Enjoy over the next four years with grilled meat in blackberry sage sauce, barbecued meats and bittersweet chocolate raspberry torte.

Suitable for: vegetarian and vegan diets. Retail £12.99.

Ref: www.majestic.co.uk/find/product-is-18532

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LINE 5 : 2009 MONTE DEL FRA LENA DI MEZZO RIPASSO VALPOLICELLA CLASSICO SUPERIORE - $17.00



2009


Azienda Agricola Monte del Fra

Tenuta Lena di Mezzo

Ripasso

Valpolicella Classico Superiore



80% Corvina, 10% Rondinella, 10% Molinara
$17.00
CSPC# 165662
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(2,699 cases of 12)


Awards

Bronze2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, London (UK)
Wine Spectator (US)

Issue: July 31, 2012 –



90 pts

“An elegant red, showing hints of black raspberry, plum and strawberry fruit bolstered by a spicy undertow of ground pepper, dried mint and thyme, anise and vanilla bean, with a mineral-tinged finish. Drink now through 2019. 500 cases imported. –AN Retail: $24US.:

Ref: http://www.montedelfra.it/newsletter/issue-en_201206.html
Decanter (UK)

Issue: 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards


3 stars (out of 5) & Bronze medal

“Red cherry and cranberry nose. Pleasing, warm fruit on the palate and lovely tobacco, liquorice notes.”

Ref: www.decanter.com/dwwa/2012/wine/monte-del-fra-tenuta-lena-di-mezzo-2009/4018

Ref: www.decanter.com/dwwa/2012/dwwa_search.php?rsearch=FMV

Background

The “smorfia napoletana” (system of associating images from dreams with numbers to use in the lottery) makes a link between fear, “paura”, and the number 90. In Monte del Fra' however that couldn’t be further from the truth -- 90 is more than welcome! Wine Spectator recently awarded the Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2009 from Tenuta Lena di Mezzo with 90 points. Another great result for the Bonomo family and the area of Fumane which continues to be recognised as one of the areas with the highest quality of wines in the whole of the Valpolicella Classica region. Vines grow amongst chalky soils and forests through which the Lena stream flows. The setting has a wild and fresh feel about it and the breezes from Lake Garda and the Lessinia hills give night-time temperatures the freshness they need to ensure grapes here mature slowly and maintain their quality until harvest. Demand for Ripasso has taken off over recent years and the Bonomo family has worked hard to ensure that their product continues to reflect the winemaking tradition of the area. Wine Spectator was impressed with the fruitiness and spiciness of the wine and confirmed that this wine can be aged. They recommend in fact storing it up to 2019.

Ref: http://www.montedelfra.it/newsletter/issue-en_201206.html
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LINE 8 : 2009 CHATEAU LESTRUELLE CRU BOURGEOIS - $18.95




2009

Chateau Lestruelle

AC Medoc


Cru Bourgeois
$18.95
CSPC# 295840
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(1,499 cases of 12)


Awards

Commended2011 Decanter World Wine Awards, London (UK)
Wine Spectator (US)

Issue: March 31, 2012 – James Molesworth



90 pts

“Nicely toasty, with vanilla and espresso notes up front, but the core of raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit rushes in behind it, with a long, licorice-filled finish. Should settle in nicely. Best from 2012 through 2017. 12,500 cases made. –JM Retail: $15US.”

Ref: http://www.maisonbouey.fr/html/medias/pdf/lestruelle_winespectator.pdf
Wine Spectator (US)

Issue: October 21, 2011 – James Molesworth


90 pts

“2009 Bordeaux doesn’t need any more hype. It’s time for the finished wines to live up to their early promise. And based on this small early set of releases, so far so good.

Vigneron Stephane Derenoncourt’s home estate of Domaine de l’A leads the way here, with a polished and rich yet finessed blend of Merlot and |Cabernet Franc. The influential consultant is busy too: A few of his clients are listed here as well, including Pascal Collotte’s delicious Jean Faux, which enjoys its best bottling yet since the debut 2003 vintage. Chateau Maison Blanche and Chateau Lestruelle deliver two superb values as well; both check in at under $20.”

Ref: www.maisonbouey.fr/html/medias/pdf/lestruelle_winespectator.pdf

Jancis Robinson – Master of Wine (UK)

Issue: April 22, 2010



15 / 20 pts

Ref: www.wine-searcher.com/wine-163550-2009-chateau-lestruelle-medoc-france


L’Avis du Vin Figaro (FRA)

Issue: Bernard Burtschy



12 / 20 pts

“Un vin acidulé et frais, très poivron, qui joue la fraîcheur.

Ref: http://avis-vin.lefigaro.fr/vins-champagne/bordeaux/medoc/medoc/d26486-chateau-lestruelle/v26487-chateau-lestruelle/vin-rouge/2009
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LINE 11 : 2008 ROLF BINDER HEINRICH SHIRAZ/ MATARO/ GRENACHE - $24.95


94 points – James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

LINE 14 : 2010 LAILEY MERLOT - $25.00


2010

Lailey Vineyards

Niagara Peninsula

Merlot
$25.00


CSPC# 591396
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(223 cases of 12)


Rick VanSickle (CAN)

Issue: December 11, 2011 – Wines in Niagara


90 pts

Lailey Merlot 2010 (90 points) — Barnett says he’s “not looking for a big, jammy California style” of Merlot. Indeed, but his 2010 Merlot isn’t exactly a wallflower. It’s a meaty, manly version of Merlot with earthy-loam notes to go with ripe cherry fruit followed by a wall of interesting spice. It’s texturally beautiful in the mouth with red fruits, game notes, rousing spice and length through the finish. It can best be described as elegant in a macho man sort of way.”

Ref: http://winesinniagara.com/2011/12/looking-into-the-future-at-niagaras-lailey-vineyard

LINE 15: 2010 KONZELMANN FAMILY RESERVE MERLOT - $27.00

LINE 16 : 2010 PENINSULA RIDGE A.J. LEPP VINEYARDS RESERVE MERLOT - $19.95

2010

Peninsula Ridge

A.J. Lepp Vineyard

Reserve Merlot


$19.95
CSPC# 299222
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(223 cases of 12)


NOTE: This wine will be featured in a Vintages tasting event to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto on September 28, 2012. This will be a “taste and buy” event.
David Lawrason (CAN)

Issue: March 2012



Very Good +

“There is quite fine, tender and juicy. Expect considerable and appealing new oak toast and mocha with lifted raspberry and floral fruit notes. It’s mid-weight, fresh and dry with some acid tartness, and pretty oak tones on the finish. Good winemaking judgment on the oak. Quite stylish; for drinking 2013 to 2015. Chill just a little.”

Ref: www.winerytohome.com/files/viewwine.html?sku=3778
Michael Pinkus (CAN)

Issue: May 25, 2012 – Ontario Wine Review


Recommended

“Friends from Toronto came over in the evening (9:23pm) and the wine started following - as well some game meat sliders hit the BBQ (wild boar and kangaroo) ... so the big reds seemed to be the ones to bring out. In honour of the kangaroo the 2008 Stalking Horse Shiraz seemed the good option, plummy, chocolate and dark fruited, big alcohol, really full in the mouth. For no apparent reason I also opted to open a beauty of a French wine from the Languedoc, Domaine de Bachellery 2007 Grenache Fut de Chene. The dark fruit shines on this one with touches of vanilla and spice; a seemingly delicate wine that proved to be delicious with both burgers, but still showed power and boldness once you got a few sips in. The evening ended a few hours later with a bottle of Peninsula Ridge 2010 AJ Lepp Vineyard Merlot (http://ontariowinereview.com/wine-reviews/peninsula-ridge-2010-aj-lepp-reserve-merlot-); which proved to be the best wine of the evening (and I’m not just saying that because I live in Ontario) - it was delicate with mocha and coffee notes on the nose, and proved to be a complete opposite to the big-and-bold-ness of the French and Aussie wines.”

Ref: http://michaelpinkusgg.blogspot.ca/2012/05/world-tour-on-friday-night-france.html

Michael Pinkus (CAN)

Issue: April 24, 2012 – Ontario Wine Review



4 ½ stars (out of 5)

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been wowed by an Ontario Merlot ... but this single vineyard Merlot from the hot 2010 vintage has all the earmarks of a good Merlot now and one you can age into the future (5+ years). The nose is smoky with dark fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and a hint of strawberry ... the taste is complex with vanilla toastiness, herbal hints, cassis and cocoa notes with silky tannins and a lovely lingering finish. One of the best and most approachable 100% Merlots I’ve tasted from Ontario in quite some time. Price: $19.95 - Rating: ****+.”

Ref: http://ontariowinereview.com/wine-reviews/peninsula-ridge-2010-aj-lepp-reserve-merlot-
Dean Tudor (CAN)

Issue: August 29, 2012 – Gothic Epicures



89 pts

Peninsula Ridge Merlot A.J. Lepp Vineyard Reserve 2010 VA Niagara Lakeshore (nose a bit closed at this point but red fruit prevailed on the palate, 89 pts.:

Ref: http://gothicepicures.blogspot.ca/2012/09/aug-2912-re-launch-of-tundra-restaurant.html
Producer

The palate has firm, rich tannins with soft plum and, blueberry and almond notes with an exquisite velvety texture leading to a sensual finish.

Ref: www.peninsularidge.com/our_wines.htm
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LINE 17 : 2010 ANGELS GATE MOUNTAINVIEW MERLOT - $18.95

NOTE: This wine will be featured in a Vintages tasting event to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Toronto on September 28, 2012. This will be a “taste and buy” event.

LINE 21 : 2009 CHATEAU TOUMILON AC GRAVES - $16.95_CSPC_314864_(XD)_October_27,_2012_Vintages_Release_(220_cases_of_12)_Silver'>16.95


2009

Chateau Toumilon

AC Graves

Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc
$16.95
CSPC# 314864
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(220 cases of 12)


Silver2011 Concours de Bordeaux (FRA)

Silver2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition, London (UK)

Best in Class2010 International Wine & Spirit Competition, London (UK)
International Wine & Spirits Competition (UK)

Issue: 2010



Silver & Best in Class

“Deep core with purple grainy rim. Attractive floral and perfumed nose. Sweet fruited mouth with bracing acidity. Wonderfully refreshing ripe plum, pomegranate and bramble flavours producing a truly mouth watering finish.”

Ref: www.iwsc.net/search2010/info/379/

Oliver & Bird (UK)

“Smelling of sweet apple pie this delightful wine exudes elegance. It is also wonderfully persistent and is a good reminder to those who may have forgotten just how good the white wines of Bordeaux can be.”

Ref: www.oliverandbird.co.uk/retail_portfolio.pdf

LINE 22 : 2009 CHATEAU DE CRUZEAU BLANC AC PESSAC-LEOGNAN - $27.95

2009

Chateau de Cruzeau

AC Pessac-Leognan White
$27.95
CSPC# 966010
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(139 cases of 12)


NOTE: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Awards

Silver2011 Challenge International du Vin
Wine Spectator (US)

Issue: December 31, 2011 – James Molesworth



91 pts

“Ripe and lush, but racy, with quinine and salted butter notes lining the core of verbena, white peach, straw and blanched almond. Offers nice length and detail. Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2013. 4,200 cases made. –JM Retail: $25US.”

Ref: www.wjdeutsch.com/images/TRADE%20MATERIALS/SELL%20SHEETS/LUR%20sell%20sheets/POST_03_19_12/CruzDeCruzeau_SellSheet_2_12.pdf
Wine Spectator (US)

Issue: June 30, 2010 – James Molesworth



88 – 91 pts (Barrel sample)

Fresh and inviting, with unadorned gooseberry, lime and lemon curd notes and a lively finish. There’s not too much cut, but this is pure and focused.”

Ref: www.andrelurton.com/presse_vins.php?langue=en&id_chateau=3&id_vin=18&id_mill=557&ou=9
Jancis Robinson – Master of Wine (UK)

Issue: April 2, 2010


16.5 / 20 pts

Ref:

Vinum Wine Magazine

Issue:


14.5 / 20 pts

Ref:


Gault & Milau (FRA)

Issue: January 26, 2012



13.5 / 20 pts

Ref:


Guide Hachette des Vins (FRA)

Issue: 2012 edition



1 star (out of 3)

“This pure Sauvignon is immediately attractive, thanks to its citrus, flinty, menthol and fresh grapejuice nose. Clean, rich and fresh on the palate, well balanced, this is a classic example of the appellation.”

Ref: www.andrelurton.com/presse_vins.php?langue=en&id_chateau=3&id_vin=18&id_mill=557&ou=9
Producer

COLOUR: Château de Cruzeau White 2009 is pale, brilliant yellow in colour.

NOSE: The powerful nose shows volatile notes of white fruits, peach and nectarine that hover over the glass and stay fresh and clean for several seconds after agitation.

PALATE: The palate is equally fresh and light, beautifully balanced, citrus and mandarin mingling with peach. Smooth and delicious now, this is a wine that will certainly keep for at least five more years. Try with scallops in a cream sauce.

Ref: www.andrelurton.com/degustation_vins.php?langue=en&id_chateau=3&id_vin=18&ou=8&id_mill=557

Producer

COLOUR: Château de Cruzeau White 2009 is pale, brilliant yellow in colour.

NOSE: The powerful nose shows volatile notes of white fruits, peach and nectarine that hover over the glass and stay fresh and clean for several seconds after agitation.

PALATE: The palate is equally fresh and light, beautifully balanced, citrus and mandarin mingling with peach. Smooth and delicious now, this is a wine that will certainly keep for at least five more years. Try with scallops in a cream sauce.

Ref: www.andrelurton.com/degustation_vins.php?langue=en&id_chateau=3&id_vin=18&ou=8&id_mill=557

Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Pruning: Double guyots (see below for drawing)

Harvest: By hand

Fermentation: After settling, in oak barrels

Temperature: 18 to 23°C

Malolactic fermentation: No

Maturation: For 10 months in oak barrels (35% new) on lees with batonnage

Fining: Tartaric precipitation by cold treatment

Aging: Subject to vintage, between 2 to 15 years

Consultant: Denis Dubourdieu (Professor at the Institut d’Enologie of Bordeaux

Ref www.andrelurton.com/technique_vins.php?langue=en&id_chateau=3&id_vin=18&ou=7
Named after Dr Jules Guyot, a 19th century French scientist, this system is essentially cane pruning. In Single Guyot, each vine has one cane preserved each year, for the generation of next years many fruiting canes, and one spur, which is for the generation of the replacement cane. In Double Guyot, which is a system widely used in Bordeaux, each vine has two canes and two spurs, the canes being trained in opposite directions along wires.

Resources
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LINE 25 : 2009 HAUTS DE PONTET-CANET - $54.85

LINE 26 : 2009 CHATEAU LALANDE MAUSSE AC FRONSAC - $16.95
2009

Chateau Lalande Mausse

AC Fronsac

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

$16.95

CSPC# 303859
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(499 cases of 12)


Awards

Gold2011 Challenge International du Vin (FRA)
Profile Wine Group (CAN)

Tasting Notes

The wine displays a nice deep cherry colour. A very attractive nose of delicate red berries and vanilla which gives way to a rich and

full mouthfeel.

Technical Data

Varietal: 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14%

Region: Bordeaux

Ref: www.profilewinegroup.com/TastingNotes/Chateau_Lalande_2009_Mausse.pdf
Resources

Certificate for Gold medal 2011 Challenge du Vin



www.challengeduvin.com/palmares/fpdfmysql2011.php?id=744

LINE 27 : 2009 HAUTS DE PONTET-CANET - $54.85


Multiple cspc numbers due to multiple negociant suppliers

LINE 28 : 2009 CHATEAU LES HAUTES DE PALETTE - $17.95


2009

Chateau Les Hautes de Paulette

Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux
$17.95
CSPC# 297267
(D) 6 gms./L.
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(299 cases of 12)

LINE 29 : 2009 CHATEAU TEYSSIER AC ST-EMILION GRAND CRU - $39.95

2009

Chateau Teyssier

AC St-Emilion

Grand Cru

85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc



$39.95


CSPC# 303784
(XD)
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(179 cases of 12)


NOTE: Owned and run by Jonathan Maltus and assisted by Gilles Pauquet, the oenologist to Cheval Blanc.
Robert Parker (US)

Issue:


92 pts

“This is the best Teyssier I have ever tasted. A tribute to his efforts, this blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc overachieves, even in a great vintage like 2009.”

Ref: www.fromvineyardsdirect.com/wine/teyssier2009.php

LINE 30: 2009 CHATEAU DE L’ESTANG - $18.85


2009

Chateau de L’Estang

Cotes de Castillon

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
$18.85
CSPC# 191551
(XD) 5 gms./L.
October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

(499 cases of 12)


Awards

Bronze2012 Decanter World Wine Awards, London (UK)

Robert Parker (US)

Issue: April 2012 – Wine Advocate


8790 pts

“Another sleeper of the vintage, the opaque ruby/purple-tinged 2009 L’Estang exhibits lots of sweet black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with a hint of vanillin. Medium to full-bodied, with surprisingly pure, concentrated, lengthy flavors, it should drink well for 5-6 years.”

Ref: www.bottleshop.com/items/detail?itemid=443629
Decanter (UK)

Issue: 2012 World Wine Awards



3 stars (out of 5) & Bronze medal

“Spicy aromas and a touch of savoury herbs. Rich texture with rewarding dry length. Ripe, yet fresh. UK price: £8.99

Ref: www.decanter.com/dwwa/2012/wine/chteau-de-lestang-2009/352
Raymond Chan (NZ)

Issue:


17+ / 20 pts

“From 26 ha in Saint Genes de Castillon, this is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc from 35 y.o. vines, the wine aged 12 months in 30% new oak. Bright ruby-red colour with purple hues, the nose features dark spicy plum and dark berry fruit aromas laced by toasty oak notes. Quite tightly bound and restrained in flavour, this shows good concentration and weight, the tannins very fine-grained. There is very good fruit ripeness and richness, and oak toasting is noticeable, but well-balanced. This will unfold and develop over the next 4-6 years. 17.0+/20 RRP $23.50NZ.”

Ref: http://www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz/blog/a-tasting-of-basic-bordeaux-2009
Background

The L’Estang estate is comprised of 26 hectares (53 acres) planted on rolling hills in Saint Genes de Castillon on the Right Bank of Bordeaux. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc with the average vine age of 35 years. There is a strict selection in the vineyard and at the winery to ensure the maximum concentration and complexity for this great value Bordeaux. The wine is typically aged in 30% new and 30% one-year old barrels.”

Ref: www.bottleshop.com/items/detail?itemid=443629

Description

As Parker has said, the Cotes de Castillon (just east of St. Emilion) is “the hottest area in Bordeaux” – largely because its best vineyards are essentially an extension of St. Emilion’s clay and limestone plateau. Chateau d’Estang is in fact only about a mile outside the St. Emilion boundaries – with one of the best and oldest vineyards in the area.

With 35-year-old vines, hand-harvested (and hand-sorted) at only 30 hl/ha, aged in about a third new oak, bottled unfined and lightly filtered, with minimal SO2, this is treated like a much, much fancier wine. Like a good St. Emilion in fact. And it tastes like one, too.

Ref: www.westgatewinestore.com/2009-chateau-de-lestang/

LINE 31 : 2009 CHATEAU LA GRAVETTE LACOMBE AC MEDOC CRU BOURGEOIS - $19.95

LINE 32 : 2009 CHATEAU CHEVAL BRUN AC ST-EMILION GRAND CRU - $24.95


2009

Chateau Cheval Brun

AC St-Emilion

Grand Cru


$24.95
CSPC# 303875
(XD)

October 27, 2012 Vintages Release

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