The Import Vintners and Spirits Association (IVSA) in Vancouver had their latest New Products Salon tasting of wine, beer and spirits this week. This is a Trade only event, where wine industry people get a chance to sample, and order, new wine, beer, and spirits for their hotel, restaurant, wine shop, etc. There are always more tables with wines for me to try than are possible within the short period of time, so hopefully with my peeking at tables as I pass by, I will stop at some that interest me, and hopefully you too. What wines excited me from this event?
My Wine Picks
- Bodegas Santa Cruz del Alpera Blanco Verdejo 2010 (Spain). This wine is a good buy at $12.99 and tastes great. Something nice for this summer. This wine is made from 100% Verdejo grapes, fermented in stainless steel tanks on it’s lees for 2 months. Light lemon in colour. Very ripe peach nose. Medium body with good acidity, with some prickliness up front. Very juicy apricots and peach flavours. Round in the mouth with spice on the finish.
- Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (New Zealand). A nice herbal and lime nose. Medium acidity with herbal and grassy flavours. Long length. Another nice wine for the summer.
- Zuccardi Q Malbec 2009 (Argentina). I’ve been enjoying the Zuccardi Q series of wines for several years, and looked forward to trying the latest vintage of their Malbec and was not disappointed. Deep purple in colour. Jammy cassis and vanilla aromas. Full body with jammy dark fruit, vanilla, and fruit compote. Very rich flavour. Smooth. Give this one a try with some firm cheeses, a hearty stew, or some BBQ.
- Lammershoek Roulette 2006 (South Africa). This is a premium syrah-based blend, with Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre and Viognier. Each of the different grapes are fermented separately and matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is blended a few weeks prior to bottling and is not fined or filtered. This wine has lots of ripe red fruit aromas. Medium body with cassis, ripe cherries and other red fruits, and vanilla. Dry finish with a long length.
- Lammershoek Pinotage 2006 (South Africa). Pinotage is still not a widely recognized grape around the world, but can produce some very characterful wine. This pinotage has character. Bright purple in colour. Matchstick and cherry aromas. Ripe red fruits with firm tannins in the background. Some tea leaves and cassis flavours too. Very nice.
- Monowai Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir 2007 (New Zealand). Light garnet in colour. Smoky, cherry, raspberry, and vanilla aromas. Light body with raspberry, cherries, cassis, smoky and spicy flavours. Cherry, vanilla and spice on the finish. Long length.
- Renzo Masi Chianti Rufina “Basciano” 2007 DOCG (Italy). This wine is primarily Sangiovese but has 5% Colorino. Red delicious apple and cherry aromas and flavours. Also vanilla and cherry on the palate. Medium tannins with a dry finish.
- Pio Cesare Barbera d’Alba 2007 (Italy). This is a solid wine. Medium garnet in colour. Sandalwood and blueberry aromas. Nice flavours of blueberries, cherries and vanilla. Medium level of acidity to this wine. If you have never tried Barbera before, consider this wine.
- Croft Pink Port NV (Portugal). This is a FUN wine. Chill it a bit and sip it on the deck in the summer. It’s called pink port because the wine is pink; it’s a rose port. Very pale cherry colour. Fresh raspberry nose. Really nice aroma. Medium sweetness with nutty, cherry, raspberry, and spice on the palate. Round and rich!