October Recommendations

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Oct 4: Highly Recommended White and Fortified Wines


988196 Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port 1983 $62.95: smooth, deep ripe plums and spice. Great sweet wine for after dinner sipping. Score: 89/100


583153 Rosemount Estate Chardonnay 2001, Orange Valley, Australia $25.95: alluring, exotic with orange blossom and balanced oak. 93


177444 Miguel Torres Sauvignon Blanc 2002, Chile $11.95: terrific value, herbal, zesty, great food wine. 85


907840 Domaine Didier Pabiot Pouilly-Fume 2002, Loire, France $26.50: terrific zesty sauvignon blanc but with some Old World balance and restraint. Lots of grapefruit and lime. 88


728857 Weingut Reichsgraf von Kesselstatt Riesling Spatlese 1999, Germany $23.95: gorgeous with floral hints and minerality. 94 Favourite White Wine


710970 Domaine Spiropoulou 2002, Greece $11.50: great value, easy drinking, juicy wine, not a fruit bomb. 83


Oct 4: Highly Recommended Red Wines


246561 Cave Spring Cellars Pinot Noir 2000, Niagara $15.95: love it! soft, plush, delicious, generous fruit. 87


723072 Ridge Geyserville 2001, California $49.95: pricey but a beautiful wine, with depths you can't plum without a miner's headlight. Dark, brooding fruit, but balanced. 93


734020 Ca'del Solo/Bonny Doon Sangiovese 2000, California $24.50: A spicy, juicy blend of New and Old World character. 86


359257 Ravenswood Vintner's Blend Zinfandel 2001, California $19.95: so drinkable, brambleberry, smooth. 85


567453 Beringer Zinfandel 2001, California $15.50: simple but enjoyable, ripe cherries. 84


607192 Yalumba Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz/Merlot 2000 Mawsons, South Australia $19.95: you like your wines big? try this: huge fruit and alcohol. 83


930641 Yalumba Grenache 2001, Australia $18.95: more complex than their wine above, juicy ripe strawberries and raspberries. 90 Favourite Red Wine


713024 Elderton Shiraz 2001, South Australia $29.95: lots of vanilla, ripe berries and oak. 87


740068 Hope Estate Shiraz 2000, Australia $21.50: from one of Australia's cooler regions, the Hunter Valley, and therefore this wine is more balanced and not a fruit bomb... this one is ripe, with a very pleasant bitter finish. 87


746693 Vina Casas del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001, Chile $16.95: lovely cassis and leather aromas, great value. 87


747220 Chateau Bellefont-Belcier 1998, Bordeaux $48.95: here's one for the cellar (2-7 years), spice, oak, leather, all that Old World goodness. 89


727966 Vincent Girardin Cuvee Saint-Vincent Bourgogne 2001, Burgundy $19.99: a steal for Old World pinot noir... although it's not tremendously complex, it's juicy and easy-drinking for when you don't want a clobber-you cab. 86


972331 Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 1999, Rhone $39.95: one of the Phone's best producers... cedary, spicy, yum. 86


973214 Di Majo Norante Ramitello 1999, Italy $15.95: great value, chocolate notes, plush fruit, delicious. 88


529487 Viti Francesco Candido Salice Salentino Reserva 1998, Italy $9.85: great deal, drak fruit, peppery, simple. 82


739987 Castellani Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 1999, Italy $23.65: Old World style, oaky, great fruit. 89


905745 Adega Cooperativa de Cantanhede Reserva 1997, Portugal $17.95: juicy, spicy, cedary, earthy. 88


Oct 18: Highly Recommended White Wines


242750 Konzelmann Chardonnay Reserve 2000, Niagara $12.95: astounding value... toasty, buttery and spicy, lovely chard. 85 Best Value White Wine


912790 Penmara Reserve Chardonnay 2001, New Zealand $19.95: oaky and buttery but balanced with spice and pear. 86


Oct 18: Highly Recommended Red Wines


579987 Harvest Estate Unfiltered Merlot 1999, Niagara $14.95: this is definitely a winery to watch... although I haven't tried lots of their wines, all that I have tried have been both well made and well priced... this is huge wine with loads of dark fruit. 86 Best Value Red Wine


711705 Familia Rutini Trumpeter Malbec 2001, Argentia $13.50: I've recommended tihs particular wine for several vinatges now -- great value, easy drinking, delicious. 85


744771 William Cole Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2001, Chile $13.50: smooth, ripe dark fruit, chocolate notes. 86


482604 Tasca d'Almerita Regaleali Rosso 2001, Italy $15.95: a mix of Old and New World, ripe cherries, spicy. 86


956334 Bodegas Casa de la Ermita 2001, Spain $17.25: lovely plush wine, ripe fruit. 87