Gary Hewitt
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
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Rustic beauty. Complex ripe black fruits, dates, mushroom, dried leaves, leather, cedar, vanilla and smoke kept alive by juicy acidity and framed by firm tannins. Long finish. Brett notes add complexity and don't overpower the wine. Wants cinghiale (wild boar)! or mushroom risotto. Outstanding (unless you can't abide some Brett :) ) and great value. 2011 tasted 16 Jan 2019.
Italy
5 days ago
Charming combo of the best of Gamay, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Cabernet (Franc) with, respectively, cherry, plum, raspberry, and restrained green bell pepper; lively and fresh; balanced with smooth tannins and a juicy sustained finish. Gulpable. Very good to Excellent. Best while young and vibrant--drink over 1-2 years. (2016 tasted 16 Jan 2019)
France » Loire Valley
5 days ago
Rich, round, buttery, complex and long with pronounced flavours of musk melon, honey, peach, dried flowers, vanilla, butter, ginger and clove. Maybe at its best right now but has the guts for a few more years in bottle. New world done well--outstanding. (2015 tasted happily 16 Jan 2019)
Argentina » Mendoza Province, Chardonnay, with a community rating of 90/100
5 days ago
A brisk lemony wine with great balance and lively finish, flavours of wet stones with hints of anise and myrtle (wishful thinking?) that would be great with a heap of garlicky calamari. (2016 tasted 16 Jan 2019)
Italy » Marche, Verdicchio
5 days ago
Gary Hewitt added notes for Prana Rijoa.
Very good juicy, medium tannin/medium body wine combining ripe cherry/raspberry with anise leading to a fresh finish. Great balance for food. Intended to be drunk as a young wine. Very good value. (2016 tasted 13 Jan 2019)
Spain, with a community rating of 88/100
9 days ago
A bold Cab with strong, ripe flavours (black- and blueberry, cherry), firm ripe tannins, strong oak influence (vanilla, cola, cocoa, cedar) and a warming finish. Balanced and drinking nicely as a young wine with signs of greater harmony given a few years of aging. Nice price for Napa. (2014 tasted 11 Jan 2019)
United States » California » Napa County » Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon
Gary Hewitt added notes for Poe Ultraviolet.
Cali, Cali, Cali: Ripe, smooth, pure cassis/cherry fruit with red pepper hints, light oak, fine tannins, and a warming finish. Designed for immediate appeal but will drink nicely over 1-3 years. (2016 tasted 11 Jan 2019)
United States » California, Cabernet Sauvignon
Lively, straight-forward, un-oaked, light dry white wine based on Sherry's famous grape, Palomino Fina. Citrus, green apple and a zesty tang to showcase shrimp, scallops and other light freshwater- and sea-food. A very popular bistro wine in Spain. Drink soon, not intended for aging. (2016 vintage tasted 10 Jan 2019)
Spain, Palomino fino
Outstanding barrel-fermented Pinot Blanc with signature yellow plum fruit character easily standing up to finely integrated French oak flavours, lightly gripping frame, and creamy notes. Tiny production from a rising star on the Oregon wine scene. Delicious now and intriguing to see if the beguiling balance persists with aging. The fact that this Pinot Blanc stands up to barrel fermentation attests to the high quality of the fruit. 2017 vintage tasted 8 Jan 2019.
United States » Oregon » Willamette Valley, Pinot Blanc
Gird your loins for endless salty, almond, citrus peel flavours with smoke, honey, resin and steeped herbs. O la la! Part Fino Sherry, part Mountain wine. Juicy, intense and ain't takin' no prisoners. 100% Savagnin aged 6.5 years in small casks under "voile" (like fino sherry under flor). BE BRAVE: try this, especially with toast, almonds, cheese (Comte!), poultry... (2007 tasted 7 Jan 2019)
France » Jura, 2007, Savagnin
A pale garnet wine of remarkable complexity combining meat broth, herbs, vegetables, and red fruits on a fresh palate with light tannins, a smooth mid-palate and a sustained finish. It may be challenging, but it holds together. Cheeses, roasted poultry or vegetables should pair nicely. Excellent to a style. (2014 tasted 7 Jan 2019)
France, Pinot Noir, Poulsard, Trousseau
Another Zind-Humbrecht enigma with pronounced, classic Riesling aromas of honey, toast (petrol), dried pineapple, and pine essence (mis)leading to a dry(!), full body, pronounced intensity palate and a long finish. Exciting and disconcerting, needing to be repeatedly tasted. The perfect wine for smoked Lake Winnipeg Goldeye with toast points? Outstanding. (2013 tasted 7 January 2019)
France » Alsace, 2013, Riesling
Light, refreshing, un-oaked, cool-climate Pinot Noir with pure cherry-raspberry notes, light tannins, a round mid-palate and a juicy finish. The winemaker suggests drinking as cool as 10C--which would make it very juicy and fresh. Flavourful and fresh for Alsace PN--good job! (2016 tasted 7 Jan 2019)
France » Alsace, Pinot Noir, with a community rating of 90/100
Lovely, balanced, light wine with Pinot Blanc's yellow plum character, lemon zest and elder flower. No oak. Excellent aperitif or with delicate fish or poultry. Drink over next 6-12 months. 2016 vintage tasted 7 January 2019.
France » Alsace, Pinot Blanc, with a community rating of 100/100
Powerful, ripe and balanced Syrah showing pronounced aromas/flavours of red and black fruits, ripe silky tannins, integrated oak spice and vanilla, and just a titch of Syrah's blood-iron-tomato-leaf character. Outstanding effort from Chile's cool Limari region already recognized for great Syrah. Drink now and over 8 years. Outstanding. 2015 tasted 31 Dec 2018.
Chile » Coquimbo » LimarĂ­, Syrah
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