Spain – DOCa Rioja, Graciano
Bright ruby in colour the wine exhibits pungent aromas of cassis, raspberry, graphite and potpourri. Sweet red and dark berry flavours linger to a strong candied flower finish.
Score: 90 out of 100, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul/Aug 2009
USA – California
The wine is totally rich and luscious, amazingly balanced. Concentrated fruit flavours and aromas abound, namely; black plum, ripe cherry and spicy pomegranate. Price quality ratio is skewed in your favour.
Score: 4 ½ out 5, Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, Nov 2010
Chile – Maule Valley
Aromas of red fruit, pencil lead and concentrated mineral. A rich palate leads a fruit driven, full bodied wine. The finish is lengthy, oak-tinged and velvety smooth. Superb depth and excellent balance. Serve with hearty winter dishes.
Score: 90 out of 100, www.tastings.com, Oct 2009
Score: 4 ½ out 5, Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, Jan 2011
Chile – Maule Valley
Aromas of black cherry, rose petals, black pepper and mint. A dry, focused and fresh wine. Decant for one hour and serve with lamb.
Gold: 2010 Concours Mondial, Brussels
Canada – VQA Short Hills Bnech, Niagara Peninsula
Fresh, delicate, lively and well balanced with peach, apricot, citrus and honey aromas. A light to medium bodied wine. May cellar up to a decade.
Silver: 2010 Ottawa Wine Challenge
Score: 90 out of 100, Evan Saviolidis, Tidings Magazine, Nov 2010
Score: 90 out of 100, David Lawrason, www.winealign.com, May 2010
Score: 4 out 5, Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com, Jan 2011
Definite Buy: My #1 Pick
Chile – Casablanca Valley
A light and bright gold coloured wine. Aromas of lime zest, jalapeno, minerals and fennel. Citrus, mineral and herb flavours.
Score: 90 out of 100, Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2010
Spain – DOCa Rioja
Wonderful wine with aromas of cherry, raspberry, espresso, vanilla and spice. Dry, ripe fruit tones, silky tannins and an impressive long finish. Serve with slow cooked roast beef and root vegetables or cellar 3-4 years.
Gold: 2009 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Score: 4 ½ out of 5, Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, Jan 2011