For this pinot noir oriented release Vintages buyers selected red wines that complement BBQ red meat. North Americans are famous for their love of grilled meat, especially in spring and summer, for garden parties and family gettogethers. Although I recommend relatively high-priced wines, there are many in this release that represent good value.
High-priced wines offer more intensity, varietal character, intense flavours and aromatics.
It is better to enjoy one or two glasses of high quality wine than half a bottle.
Here are my Vintages Release Recommendations
Armagnac XO, Larressingle, La famille Papelorey, Armagnac, France
Bright bronze colour. This blended distillate contains mainly 10 year old, or older spirits, aged in black Armagnac oak barrels. It is smooth and smells of prunes, muchrooms and vanilla. Thai mellow and intense Armagnac offers smoke and dried fruit flavours. A fine spirit to enjoy after an extended gourmet meal.
324657, $ 97.95
Franciacorta, 2010, Baron Pizzini, Lombardy, Italy
pale yellow colour. Offers lemon aromas. Lively mousse, tart lemon, green apple and minerality brings forth unexpected flavours. This wine, made from fruit grown in Lombardy, tastes as good as any sparkling product much farther north.
337436, $ 39.95
Chalk Hill Chardonnay, 2012, William P. Foley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Straw colour. Lemon, quince, and melon aromas are enlivened by zesty white pepper undertones. A perfectly balanced dry wine with lingering citrus and herb flavours.
706580, $ 54.95
Vieille Vignes Meursault, 2010, Maison Roche de Bellene, Burgundy, France
Intense brilliant colour. Tropical fruit aromas offer a peasant prelude to peach and apricot flavours. Intense with velvety mouth feel and fine balance.
Collaring for 3 to 4 years will render this wine more complex. If you wish to enjoy it now, pair it with pan fried filet of salmon with chives and cream and use this wine for the sauce.
241091, $ 48.95
Riesling, 2013, Hidden Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Green yellow colour. A fine, subtle, dry Riesling emanating citrus aromas. In the mouth, the acidity, although high, never appears to disturb balance due to residual sugar. A fine wine to enjoy on its own, in fruit bowls, or with trout a la Meunier, or chicken breast in cream sauce.
183491, $ 23.95
Limestone Vineyard Riesling, 2012, Redstrone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
381251, $ 18.95
Chardonnay, 2012, Benziger, Sonoma County, California, U.S.A
34777 $ 19.95
Les Meix Chavaux Meursault, 2013, Lucien Muzard et Fils, Burgundy, France
4070772, $ 58.95
Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Errazuriz, Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Purple black colour. Aromas of black currant, pencil shavings, and cedar greet the nose. Well-structured and highly extracted with a fine grip. Cellar for 3 to 4 years for more refined mouth feel.
203364, $ 19.95
Chateau Les Ormes de Pez, 2011, St. Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Intense red colour. Aromas of ripe berries waft out of the glass. Finely balanced, intense, with a long and satisfying after taste.
296418, $ 55.85
Brunello di Montalcino, 2009, Fossacolle, Tuscany, Italy
Intense red colour. Smells of dark, ripe fruits lead to smoke, toasted almond and dark-roasted coffee flavours. Int eh mouth, the wine shows its velvety quality. Enjoy now.
309880, $ 48.95
Segla, 2006, Margaux, Bordeaux, France
359810, $ 53.95
Chateau de Nages JT, 2012, Michel Gassier, Costieres de Nimes, France
736876, $ 24.95
Les Trois Sources Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Domaien de la Vieille Julienne, Rhone Valley, France
414433, $ 79.95
Castellero Barolo, 2010, Brezza, Piedmont, Italy
968248, $ 55.95
Riserva Chianti Classico, 2011, Castello Gabiano, Tuscany, Italy
216309, $ 22.95
Amarone Della valpolicella Classico, 2011, Villa Girardi, Veneto, Italy
15991`3, $ 42.95
Konigschaffhauser Vulkanfelsen Pinto Noir Rose Trocken, 2014, Baden, Germany
168237, $ 13.95