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2010 Versado Reserva

Intense, spicy, with huge rich fruit and the toasty, complexing aromatics of fine, new French oak barriques.  On the palate, the spice continues, enhanced with plums, black pepper, cedar, mint and blackberry.  Hints of graphite and the contributing presence of acid create an elegance that gives balance to the wine’s massive texture and lengthy finish. ~ Peter Gamble

Score: 95. "Exotic Bordeaux nose that still delivers plenty of Argentine sunshine and black fruit power and concentration. There's finesse and elegance here. Aromas of smoke, dark spice, and field of black flowers. Full-bodied and smooth though decant for 2 hours. Serve only the finest cuts of meat with this red wonder. Malbec food pairings: lamb cutlets, beef tenderloin." ~ Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com

Score: 93. "Niagara-based winemakers Ann Sperling and Peter Gamble have purchased a small vineyard in the prized limestone silt and sandy soils on an ancient riverbed, in a corridor that funnels cool air from the mountains behind. Ann’s fine winemaking touch has helped fashion one of the most elegant malbecs I have ever had, and goodness knows this is a genre desperately seeking elegance." ~ David Lawrason, Wine Align

Score: 92. "The 2010 version of the Reserva saw a bit more new oak but still shows off the rich, concentrated fruit on the nose with currants, raspberry, toasty vanilla, roasted coffee bean and caramel. On the palate it is rich and bold with maturing dark fruits, anise, spice and black licorice notes on the finish." ~ Rick VanSickle, Wines in Niagara

Score: 92. "Niagara-based couple Peter Gamble and Ann Sperling own this fine estate in Mendoza, where they conveniently harvest and press grapes in spring while in the northern hemisphere vines are just starting to emerge from winter dormancy. Gamble is a veteran consultant to several Canadian wineries. Sperling’s chief gig is with Southbrook, the biodynamic estate. This is very fine, serious malbec, hardly your run-of-the-mill $12 fare. Full-bodied and intense, it shows luscious berry fruit, dark roast coffee and spice, with juicy acidity. It’s got great structure for the cellar." ~ Beppi Crosariol, The Globe and Mail

✮✮✮✮✮ "This is top-drawer red and worth every penny—it’s rich, elegant, complex and layered. Fashioned from low-yielding, ungrafted vines, hand picked, hand sorted, cold soaked, basket pressed, 14 months in new French oak, barrel selected then bottled unfiltered. Aromas and flavours abound with cracked pepper, piquant spice, black plum compote and black currant to the fore. It’s fully flavoured and fully textured with a lingering aftertaste. Drink now after a three-hour aeration/decant and on to 2022." ~ Vic Harradine, www.winecurrent.com

Score: 91. "This ultra-premium Mendozan from the Canadian winemaking team of Peter Gamble and Ann Sperling boasts fruit from 'the finest barrels from the finest blocks.' While certainly riding a splintered and jammy horse (what fully extracted Mendozan does not), this reserve Malbec has so much else happening, I owe it my time and focus. Dances to a triple jump height in oozing berry, compacted, brick wall infrastructure and overlapping delineation. Really like the consistency here, with no hollow middle, no umlaut, no pregnant pause. Very well made." ~ Michael Godelwww.canada.com

9.2/10 "The wine is deep ruby, with a nose showing ripe red and black fruit, including cherries, blackberries, and just moving to cassis, complemented by violets, oak spice and forest floor. The wine is dry, with medium-plus acidity, body, alcohol and tannins, which are integrating with some chalky residue. This is a high quality wine that deserves some cellar time." ~ Tim Appelt, www.winediscovery.com


A year in the vineyard

There was a delay of approximately 10 days at budbreak that carried through the entire season. January and half of February were typically warm, with March and April temperatures mild with cool nights. The results were a later harvest of grapes that showed intensity both aromatically and chromatically, with more elegance than 2009.   Harvest took place on April 22, 2010, and from those sections of the vineyard that were selected for Reserva, yield was approximately 780 g/vine. Manual berry sorting took place on April 22 and 23, and subsequent barrel selection determined those barrels that would make up the 2010 Versado Reserva.


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Alberta

British Columbia

  •  Revelry Imports, Brian Berry & Michael Dinn, 604.347.8343

Ontario  

  •  LCBO Vintages release:  November 22, 2014  SOLD OUT

 

 

 

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