Monthly Picks: April 2011

Springtime means wineries are getting ready to show-off some of their newest wines and the April edition of our Monthly Picks contains a few exciting new releases to look-out for.

Cupcake Vineyards 2009 Chardonnay - $15
New to BC. Chardonnay is rich, fruity and textured with just the right amount of residual sugar. Reminiscent of a health conscious mom using only half of the prescribed sugar when baking for her kids.
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SummerGate Winery 2009 Riesling Two - $20
Harvested in late October, the extra hang-time on the vine contributes to the impressive concentration in this wine. The acid is handled well and never seems tart due to the excellent balance of stonefruit flavours.
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Meyer Family Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir - $25
For an entry-level Pinot Noir this wine delivers a surprisingly complex nose of raspberry, plum, mushroom, forest floor and oak spice, highlighted by aromatic jasmine notes.
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LaStella Winery 2010 Leggiero - $25
New Release. An elegant un-oaked Chardonnay from Italy-themed LaStella Winery that offers good complexity of candied fruit, banana and apple on the clean nose and crisp palate while managing to remain a simple, no-fuss, crowd-pleaser.
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Eroica 2008 Riesling - $30
Both easy-drinking and complex, the wine is drinking beautifully its youth but will also reward careful cellaring with further development.
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Cassini Cellars 2008 Syrah - $34
An intense, extracted, powerful, spicy, dark fruit monster that also manages to deliver delicate notes of vanilla and sagebrush on the impressive and layered nose.
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Le Vieux Pin 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - $35
New Release. Combinations of stainless steel and oak aging with an NFL-like playbook of variations was used to create an overtly complex and tasty dry wine that offers rich tropical fruit, herbal, mineral, lees and light oak characters on the nose and palate.
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Hester Creek Estate Winery 2007 The Judge - $45
New Release. The dry palate is very smooth with dark fruit characters and savoury notes from a lengthy oak treatment. Ready to drink now, however, lingering astringency on the moderate finish should mellow with further cellaring.
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