At Nicholas Pearce Wines we’re very pleased to share a selection of fantastic new “Top Value” releases from some of our favourite partners around the globe; highlighting Burgundy, France, the Barossa Valley, Australia & the Willamette Valley, Oregon USA.
You can find these wines today in LCBO Vintages locations today. Please visit us online at www.npwines.com for more information on us, our partners and our wines.
Maison Roche de Bellene Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Chardonnay 2015 $22.95
VINTAGES#: 299867 | 750 mL bottle
90 Points John Szabo MS Winealign.com
“Bellene’s old vines Bourgogne Blanc is a lovely, sapid, saline, minimally wooded chardonnay, delivering all one could hope for from white Burgundy at the price. It’s quite open and ready to go, or could be cellared another 2-3 years for more savoury complexity if you wish. Fine value. Tasted November 2017. Value Rating: ***”
“Nicolas Potel’s old vines project brings regional Bourgogne to the people with deeper meaning and enough structure to dream at a Village, or perhaps at the new Bourgogne Côte d’Or ‘appellation’ level. This is tart, grippy, composed and direct chardonnay for every occasion. The wood is a bit on top at this early juncture. Drink 2018-2021. Tasted November 2017.” – Michael Godel Winealign.com
Brella Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015 – $22.95
—VINTAGES#: 514950 | 750 mL bottle
Pinot Gris has established itself as a signature white wine of Oregon, along with Chardonnay. Grown in vineyards nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, this intense, aromatic PG offers layers of pear, peach, lime, melon and honey. Pair with roasted trout with wax beans and summer squash. (Vintages panel, Feb. 2017)
It’s all about the florals in this tidy, succinct and expressive Willamette pinot gris. The ubiquity of white flowers, honeyed and saccharine, fresh and ambrosial dedicate all that matters with sweet honeyed repetition to taste. This is a crowd pleaser with an edge of ’15 complexity. Drink 2017-2019. Tasted November 2017. – Michael Godel Winealign.com
A To Z Wineworks Oregon Pinot Noir 2014 – $24.95
—VINTAGES#: 229781 | 750 mL bottle
2 Times Wine Spectator TOP 100 List with 90 Points
An impressive vintage for A to Z offering a great deal of character and typicity without weight or notable winemaking influence. The earthy, mushroom character trumps the oak on the palate resulting in hints of delicate, exotic spice. A smoky character enhances the fruit and adds dimension to the wine. Grounded but compelling. A touch of VA on the finish adds intrigue. Tasted February 2017.
Bright and tangy, with juicy raspberry and lime flavors on a sleek frame, lingering nicely. Drink now through 2018. Score – 88. (Harvey Steiman, winespectator.com, Nov. 30, 2016)
Sister’s Run Calvary Hill Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2015 – $17.95
—VINTAGES#: 222018 | 750 mL bottle
90 Points James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
There’s no artifice about this wine: it is an unrestrained exercise in the heartland of Barossa Valley shiraz style, full of purple and black fruits, ripe tannins and a quick salute from compatible oak. Score – 90. (James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au, Aug. 1, 2017)
Here’s a juicy, honest, balanced, fruit-forward shiraz that offers lots of pleasant dark and red fruit flavours. There’s also sufficient black pepper and violet perfume to place this squarely in the shiraz comfort zone, and the length is excellent in the price category. A broadly appealing go-to wine for large and small events, connoisseurs and basic punters all in one. Tasted November 2017. Value Rating: *** John Szabo MS Winealign.com
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