Vintages buyers and planners well aware of after Christmas splurging have wisely decided to scale down the first release of the year.
Most offerings are reasonably priced to entice consumers to buy.
Berry’s Best Speyside Reserve Blend, Berry Bros. And Rudd, Scotland
Appealing floral notes greet the nose. One the palate, soft fruit, nuts and ginger accents are noticeable. Medium long finish.
0349043, 700 ml $ 73.95
Dougie Maclean’s Caledonia Selection 12 Years Old Highland Single Malt,
Amber in colour, this Scotch smells of vanilla, and orange pekoe tea. The palate is soft and intriguing. Long finish. A whisky to savour while conducting a lively discussion with friends and like-minded individuals.
0242578, 700 ml. $ 96.95
Fino Sherry, Sanchez Romate, Spain
This family owned winery has been in business since 1781. An excellent sherry with fresh flavours, and crisp texture.
0349357, $ 16.95
Chardonnay, 2011, Chateau Montelena, Napa valley, California
Rich in texture, and elegant. Fruity with sufficient acidity to cellar for a several years. Enjoy now with rich, creamy dishes, or wait for it to reach its apogee.
0701748, $ 59.95
First Press Chardonnay, 2011, Delicato Family Winery, Napa Valley, California
Aromas of apricot, nectarine and white peach are noticeable. A fruit-driven wine with oak undertones.
0199810, $ 19.95
Chardonnay, 2011, Lincourt Steel, Santa Rita Hills, California
Full bodied and rich in texture, this acid-driven chardonnay should pair beautifully with boiled lobster with drawn butter, or poached salmon with Sauce Hollandaise.
0361352, $ 24.95
Chateau Vitallis Vieilles Vignes Pouilly Fuisse, 2010, D. Dutron, Burgundy, France
0360495, $ 27.95
Chablis, 2011, Pierre et Alexandre Ellevin, Burgundy, Farce 89/100
0160200, $ 22.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Atalon, Napa Valley, California
Fleshy, generous, full bodied, fruity, well balanced, this blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, petit verdot and cabarnet franc requires four to five years of cellaring to reach its peak. If you absolutely want to taste it now, decant and pair with a game stew, medium-rare steak, or aged cheeses.
0906198, $ 36.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Wahluke Slope, Washington State
Smooth and supple. Well extracted. Deeply flavoured and well balanced. An exemplary food wine for robust food.
0360222, $ 18.95
Valle Las Acquias Oak Malbec, 2007, L. Segundo Correas, Mendoza, Argentina
Black cherry, lavender aromas jump out of the glass. Velvety texture, full bodied with a long and satisfying finish.
0138412, $ 16.95
Yonguen Bonarda, 2012, Bodega Ruca Malen, Mendoza, Argentina
0360115, $ 14.95
Seasons Reserve Meritage, 2011, De Sousa, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
0315911, $ 14.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Ca’ Momi, Napa Valley, California
0315002, $ 21.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ironstone, California
0537597, $ 17.95
Avalon Tree Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Zonte’s Footstep, Langhorne Creek, South Australia
0353193, $ 17.95
La Grangliere Vaqueyras, 2011, Pierre Amadieu, Rhone Valley, France
0076398, $ 21.95