On the blogby Alfred
May 13 2016

THIS WEEK’S PRECIOUS WINE TIPS

by Alfred

Château Ste-Michelle Syrah 2012

Red Wine
USA ( Washington )

Nowadays, Syrah is considered unique not only because of its availability but also through its wide acceptance which Washington state intensely develops. This low priced Syrah based wine will please all the overs of this varietal. Berries, red fruits, raspberries, spice and white pepper intermingle to give it a very charming bouquet. On the palate, this wine is supple and velvety with its round and ripe tannins. Aged for 18 months in oak barrels, this medium-bodied and generous wine is very drinkable. Excellent price / quality ratio.

Grape varieties: 99% Syrah, 1% Viognier

POD: 2016 to 2020
SAQ Code 10960890
Stars: 3

Price $21.00 

Available in SAQ Sélection branches.

Borsao Berola 2012

Red wine
Spain

Borsao Bodega emerged from a group of three cooperatives; today, it is one of the most dynamic in Spain and the quality of the Berola is a good example. Of an intense ruby red color, with a nose clearly evoking black cherries, anise and a toasted finish, it is a very harmonious wine. Soft and elegant, it is also unique with its almost perfect balance. It will seduce you with its fruity ripe and smooth signature.

Grape varieties: 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah.  

POD: 2016 to 2020
SAQ Code 11962900
Stars: 4

Price $19,95

Available in SAQ Sélection branches, espace Cellier.

Valdemar Inspiration Graciano Rioja 2005

Red Wine
Spain
Here is another fine product from Bodega Conde de Valdemar. Created from the Graciano varietal with 18 months in new oak barrels, this robust and elegant Rioja fulfills all your longings. Its powerful aromas of black fruit, chocolate and vanilla define a very complex and perfumed nose. In the mouth, it is a round wine, with bold and velvety tannins that are very well integrated. One can sense an aftertaste of ripe berries and smooth oak. It is intense and impressive, two qualities to remember. 
Grape variety : 100% Graciano

POD: 2016 to 2025
SAQ Code 12107518
Stars: 5

Price $36.00

Available in SAQ Signature branches and online

Pictures source: SAQ.com

Steven Molloy
Sommelier

Steven Molloy is an authority on wine in Quebec. Now retired from the SAQ after working there 35 years, he has matured like any good wine, working in many branches including the Maison des vins and the SAQ Signature of Quebec City. He also perfected his training at ITHQ and l’Université du Vin de Suze-la-Rousse in France. This master wine taster won several blind-testing competitions blind and worked for several years within the Celliers Intelligents team.

 

 

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