This release features the bets selling brands from previous offerings of Vintages. Many of them are $ 20.00, a few quite expensive.
Another objective of the release a few days before the launch of Pan American Games and Parapan in Toronto was to include wines from all South American wine producing countries i.e Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and Argentina.
Mexico is also included (Mexicans consider themselves North American and as such believe their country to be part of North America). This may be true geographically, but not by considering mentality or beliefs.
Surprisingly, there are sparkling wines that taste very good. The one from Mexico is produced by Freixenet, the famous sparkler producer from Catalonia in Spain is fine, but the Brazilian pinot noir sparkler tastes more appealing.
My recommendations are:
Aurora, Serra Gauche, Brazil
From Southern Brazil, this high altitude sparkler is made entirely using pinot noir. It is floral, fruity, refreshing and crisp. It is a bargain!
412536, $ 15.95
Tokaji Aszu Four Puttonyos, 2007, Grof Degenfeld, Tokaji, Hungary
Deep golden colour. An elixir exuding candied apricot, beeswax, dried apple, and honeycomb aromas.
The wine is medium-bodied, with a fine balance of sweetness and acidity. Intense, a delicious wine with a long finish.
297176, 500 ml $ 27.95
Estate Chardonnay, 2013, Ridge Vineyards, Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Light yellow in colour. Perfumey and floral, with underlying citrus aromas and touch of vanilla. Well balanced, and elegant. Rich mouth feel. An outstanding wine to pair with pan fried Dover sole or wild Atlantic salmon filet, or poached salmon with dill and home made mayonnaise.
241646, $ 79.95
Old Vines Chenin Blanc, 2014, Kenn Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Ken Forrester is South Africa’s chenin blanc specialist. The fruit for this flavourful chenin blanc came from truly old ( 35+years) vines and it shows in its depth, purity and intensity. Balanced and soft. Enjoy with roast chicken, pastas with chicken breast, or sauteed chicken with red peppers, or cauliflower and herbs, or breaded chicken breast.
231282, $ 17.95
Chardonnay, 2013, La Crema, Monterrey, California
Golden colour. Lively in the mouth, fruity in aromatics with plenty of tropical accents and underlined with a touch of oak.
158683, $ 26.95
Vin Noble Quincy, 2013, Domaine Tremblay, Loire, France
375659, $ 19.95
Chardonnay, 2012, Grgich Hilla Estate, Napa Valley, California
346304, $ 66.95
Chardonnay, 2013, Swings and Roundabouts, Margaret River, western Australia
408732, $ 21.95
Lily’s Garden Shiraz, 2012, Two hands, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Intense brilliant red. Explodes with blackberry aromas and hints of rose petal and mint. Harmonious, layered, and intense and powerful.
683086, $ 54.95
Les Origines Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Domaine Grand Veneur, Rhone Valley, France
A blend of grencahe, syrah, and mourdvedre. An excellent sample of a full bodied, powerful, balanced, fruity (black raspberries) and hints of violets. Will benefit from 5 – 8 years of cellaring. If you decide to enjoy now, pair with game stew, or roasted rack of venison and brown cream sauce.
301258, $ 64.95
JC Vizcarra, 2011, Bodegas Vizcarra, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Purple ruby colour. Offers strawberry and blueberry aromas, underlined with floral elements.
Complex, layered flavours, balanced and harmony of all flavours make this wine worth every penny. Pair with roasted leg of lamb, grilled or pan-fried lamb chops. pastas with meat sauce, pizzas, grilled or pan-fried meatballs and French fried.
214650, $ 29.95
Gran Reserva Rioja, 2005, Vina Olabarri, Rioja, Spain
329102, $ 24.95
The Chocolate Block, 2012, Boekenhoutskloof, South Africa
683086, $ 39.95
Chateau Siaurac, 2010, Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
309831, $ 46.95
Chateau Pey de Pont, 2010, Medoc, Bordeaux, France
309831, $ 21.95
Finca Las Palmas Gran Reserva Malbec, 21011, Uco Valley. Mendoza, Trapiche
186668, $ 16.95
Fleurieu Peninsula Syrah/Viognier, 2011, Salomon Estates, South Australia
414060, $ 27.95
The Triangle Merlot, 2013, Sileni Estates, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
586081 $ 19.95
Amarone Della Valpoliceall Classico, 2010, Brigaldara, Veneto, Italy
300012, $ 54.95
Le Rose, 2014, , Chateau de Lancyre, Pic Saint Loup, Coteaux du Languedoc
374900, $ 16.95
Triomph Organic Cabernet Franc Rose, 2014, Southbrook Estate, Niagara peninsula, Ontario, Canada
279117, $ 19.95,