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In this Saturday’s (July 19) VINTAGES release, you’ll find two delicious wines on the shelves waiting for you. The highly acclaimed wines of Tamaral were first featured last fall at LCBO VINTAGES, and now again, the “Roble,” this winery’s incredibly priced full bodied red, makes its debut at VINTAGES. The 2011 Roble Tempranillo is made entirely from the Tinto Fino grape (aka Tempranillo), one of the most important grapes of Spain and Portugal. After being aged for four months in French and American oak barrels, it achieved enough complexity (and yummy factor!) to earn 92 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine!

The second wine of ours in this release will more certainly make your Dei. Wine critics have actually been having a hay Dei with this wine, and in fact, at the expense of sounding too punny, Michael Godel from WineAlign tweeted his 92 point Dei dream, which I have detailed below. The Dei Vino Nobile di Montalcino 2010 is a superstar, garnering 90+ scores from tons of critics, including 94 points from Wine Enthusiast! These are serious reviews, and this is a serious wine that won’t disappoint. If you like Brunello, Chianti Classico Riserva and everything Tuscan, you must try this Vino Nobile di Montalcino. Made also from 100% Sangiovese, this is a wine that begs for grilled meats, charred garlic infused mushrooms and good conversation.

Please let me know what you think of these gems. One’s man’s trash is another man’s riches, so I love to hear what you all think about our selections.

Bernard Stramwasser

Le Sommelier



Tamaral RoblesTamaral Roble Tempranillo 2011
“This has an earthy component that distinguishes it and gives it an intriguing character, taking it beyond the pleasures offered up in its ample fruit flavors and aromas. A terrific value for the price.” – Score: 92 (wineandspiritsmagazine.com, June 2013)

Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Region: Ribera del Duero, Spain
Price: $16.95 (per bottle)
LCBO#: 375766

Dei Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010

“This savory wine has earthy and fruity fragrances of underbrush, spice and plum. The palate delivers a lush dark cherry flavor, accented by white pepper, cinnamon and licorice spice. With its fresh acidity and firm but elegant tannins, this has complexity and modest aging potential.” –  Score: 94 (Kerin O’Keefe, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2013)

Dei Montepulciano“The entry of Dei’s balanced Vino Nobile was very juicy but at the same time serious and brooding. At first rhythmic, tight and anxious, you couldn’t but help but feel the strong mocker of this Sangiovese. Iron, hard rocks, knocks and a day in medieval life. If it should be opened any time in the next five years it will require a rare fleshy partner and plenty of air time. Though there was nothing faint about it, with time it found a path to a crescendo and then changed chords. It sang like a bird for a verse or two, softened enough to open a window to its future and when it spoke “I went into a dream.” Finished with a piano bass note that droned on for nearly a minute. Tasted June 2014.” – Score: 92 (Michael Godel, WineAlign, July 2014)

Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Region: Montepulciano, Italy
Price: $27.95 (per bottle)
LCBO#: 285510

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