This mid-summer release features northwestern North American wine producing regions – Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
Geographically northwestern North America is natural topographical region. Political events between England and France divided the region into two belonging to Canada and the U.S.A.
An American professor of geography rightly called it Ecotopia in 1980’s.
Undoubtedly, Oregon produces notable pinot noirs, but now increasingly also chardonnay and pinot gris.
Washington State is famous for riesling on coastal AVA’s, and inland for red grapes, mainly cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
The rest this Vintages release consists of relatively inexpensive, and a few “value” wines, with the exception of one Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon that is, in my opinion, way overpriced.
My recommendations are:
Cremant d’Alsace Rose,, J. Cattin, Alsace, France
Cherry aromas dominate the nose. Light, refreshing and balanced with a touch of sweetness.
Luminus Chardonnay, 2013, Beringer, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley, California
This outstandin Oak knoll Distirct chardonnay smells of pineapples, pears and melons. Int eh mouth, buttery flavorus captivate. Full bodied and well balanced.
Matchbox Old head Chardonnay, 2013, Crew Wine Company, Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
Offers impressive ripe tropical fruit, citrus and cinnamon aromas. It is a tangy, crisp, balanced and expertly made wine, with hints of vanilla.
Alexander valley Chardonnay, 2012, Robert Young, Sonoma County, California
Dark brilliant yellow in colour. Smells of pears, and figs dominate the nose. Creamy mouth feel. A graceful style with subtle nuances due to ageing. Long aftertaste.
Kuhlmann Platz Vieilles Vignes Gewurztraminer, 2013, Hunnawihr, Alsace, France
Petit Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Henri Bourgeois, Loire Valley, France
maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett, 2012,
C.V. Schubert, Mosel Valley, Germany
A light, fragrant refreshing, low alcohol ( *8 ABV) Mosel wine to enjoy with seasonal stone fruits, or berry bowls. Finely balanced, delicate and delightful
Santa Cristina Massoni Lugana, 2014, Zenato, Veneto
Onyx, 2010, Featherstone Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
A blend of the finest merlot and cabernet franc barrels of the vintage. Aromas of plums, currants, tobacco leaf, mocha and berries greet the nose. A fine wine to enjoy with roast leg of lamb, or roast rack of lamb, or breaded provimi veal cutlets or provimi scaloppini fried in clarified butter, or grilled lamb chops.
Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, 2012, Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block, Barossa Valley, South Australia
A blend of estate grown grapes.An excellent and masterful blend of 45, 30, 25 shiraz, grenache, and mourvedre. A well balanced, deeply flavoured wine emanating red and black fruit aromas. Medium weight. Long finish.
Chateau La Bienfaisance, 2010, St. Emilion, Grand cru, Bordeaux, France
Crimson in colour. Offers aromas of plums, and blackberry jam. Full bodied. Impeccably balanced with a long aftertaste.
Enjoy with medium rare grilled steaks, or rare roast rib of beef or roast leg of lamb, or semi-hard cheeses.
Kabang Red, 2012, Stratus Vineyards, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Madison’s Ranch, Napa Valley, California
Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2011, Castello di Gabbiano, Tuscany, Italy
Le Bandite Chianti Classico Riserva, 2009, Lornano, Tuscany, Italy
Brunello di Montalcino, 2009, Mocali, Tuscany, Italy
Ornello, 2010, Rocca di Frasinello, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Duque de Viseu, 2012, Carvalhais, Dao, Portugal
Lo Virol, 2014, Celler Cercavius, Costers del Segre, Spain
El Nomada, 2011, Finca de la Rico, Rioja, Spain
Beaurevoir Tavel Rose, 2014, M. Chapoutier, Rhone Valley, France
Impressive. Floral, red apple, cherry and strawberry aromas waft out of the glass.
Well-balanced, refreshing, medium-weight and eminently enjoyable with or without food.