The Cellier April 28th release

The most recent Cellier release will hit the stores on Thursday April 28th, however, quantities will be available for pre-sale on as of April 21. Which wines are worthy of your attention? Two of our critics, Marc Chapleau and Nadia Fournier, tasted a number of these wines and here are their suggestions. 

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In so far as Californian chardonnay is concerned, both Marc and Nadia really liked the 2013 Lake Sonoma from the Russian River Valley. Nothing overly complex, but a very good white that is both ripe and balanced. They shared a similar enthusiasm for the Béatines 2015, a rosé from Domaine les Béates in the Coteaux d’Aix en Provence. While delicately colored, it is not lacking in either fruit or structure.

Lake Sonoma Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2013 Les Béatines Rosé 2015 Yealands Land Made Pinot Noir 2014 The Ned Pinot Noir 2014

To that add a pair of pinots from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Marc preferred the Yealands Estate 2014 Land Made Pinot Noir, for both its generosity in terms of fruit as well as its balanced use of oak. Nadia was looking for a little more freshness, which she found in The Ned 2014 Pinot Noir from Marisco Vineyards.

Staying with red wine, we return to California with the Silver Palm 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. Not the most muscular or powerful wine, but there is a great generosity in terms of fruit and freshness, and a judicious use of oak. At under $25, it’s a great deal.

Equally recommendable is the Beringer 2013 Waymaker from Paso Robles, which exhibits exactly what you would expect in terms of the powerful fruit character of the region. While there might be a touch of residual sugar, it is more than balanced by the acidity. An interesting and tasty expression of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petite sirah.

Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 Beringer Waymaker 2013 St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Finally, the 2012 St. Supéry is a very well done cabernet sauvignon: full bodied, appropriately oaked, with ripe, but not over-ripe, tannins. A classic expression of Napa Valley cab!

Happy shopping !


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