Drinking wine is an intellectual exercise. There is no other drink that forces you to think when you have it in your mouth.
This mid-April release is composed of ore than 100 wine that showcase Old World and New World wines.
On closer examination, Old World wines display more terroir expressions and very refined techniques of wine making. Although Old World wines do not represent the best not even the second best selection, they are representative
New World wines from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and the U S A are representative of their urgings, but also are not the very best. As always, price is a factor to consider,
For the first time in a long while few sparkling wines are on offer.
The white wines are fine with the exception of a few outstanding examples.
Only one rose wine form South Africa is in this release and is made from pinotage.
Red wine selection is more varied and longer. In this category, Tuscan wines dominate, although a few from Piedmont are close rivals.
More and more Puglian wines from the “heel| of Italy are being offered as they represent good value, and red wine drinkers of Ontario seem to display a predilection for high alcohol reds.
Best reds ought to be “juicy”, elegant, refined, and contain moderate levels of alcohol (i.e 12.5 to 14 ABV).
In this release many reds wines contain 14.5 and more ABV which renders them too “heavy” and more difficult to digest.
My recommendations are:
Nocello, Toschi, Italy
At 24 ABV, this distinctly hazelnut and walnut smelling liqueur is an excellent accompaniment to a fine cup of coffee after a convivial lunch or dinner.
It comes nicely packaged with a coffee cup set.
700 ml., $ 39.95
Special Cuvee Brut, Bollinger, Champagne, France
Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, 2015, Zerdetto Molin, Veneto, Italy
Hochheimer Riesling Kabinett, 2015, Domdechant Werner, Rheingau, Germany
Brilliant dark yellow. Ripe citrus, peach, and nectarine flavours, and zesty acidity render this luscious wine worthy to enjoy on its own to contemplate the beauty of vineyards of this Rhine River village. The finish is long and satisfying. An excellent value.
Clos de la Marche Savenniere, 2015, Domaine de Petit Metris, Loire Valley, France
An outstanding wine from the Loire Valley. The wine emanates elderberry and white fruit aromas. In the mouth, the wine offers bright acidity, fine balance, elegance, and refinement. Very appealing finish.
Meursault, les Clous, 2015, Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Pale yellow. Apple and pear aromas waft out of the glass. Taut, pure and lean in style with great elegance and refinement. A long finish.
Enjoy with Dover sole in a cream and white wine sauce, or poached trout, planked salmon, shrimp in cream and dill sauce enhanced with a sprinkle of the this wine.
Wildass Sauvignon Blanc, Stratus Vineyards, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Porer Pinot Grigio, 2016, Alois Lageder, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy
Chardonnay, 2015, Tom Gore, California
Hunter Valley Semillon, 2017, Margan Family, Australia
Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc, 2016, Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Brunello di Montalcino, 2012, Col D’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy
From the largest organic vineyard in Tuscany, this wine smells of red stone fruits, underlined with tobacco and herbs. A refined and elegant mouth feel makes this wine very appealing. Particularly suitable for game specialties, grilled beef, and hard cheeses.
Ornellaia, 2014, Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy
Simply an outstanding, powerful, elegant and well-extracted flavourful wine from a sunny appellation in Tuscany, close to Thrennian coast. Full bodied, rich with dark berry aromas. Cellar for six to eight years.
Gran Reserva Rioja, 2010, Baron de Ley, Rioja, Spain
A blend of tempranillo (85 per cent) , and the rest graciano, this Rioja from one of the most celebrated wineries in the region offers tobacco leaf, clove, black pepper flavours. The mouth feel is smooth with a medium full body. Well balanced and ready to enjoy due to its aging in French and American oak barrels. An excellent value.
Shiraz, 2012, Trust, South Australia
La Reserve Fleurie, 2015, Villa Ponciago, Beaujolais, Burgundy, France
Santenay Premiere Cru Beaurepaire, 2016, Roux Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Barolo, 2013, Prunotto, Piedmont, Italy
Cabernet Sauvignon. 2015, Faust, Napa Valley, California
Baruffo Riserva Chianti Classico,2012, Cantalici Tuscany, Italy