The second tasting of the November 14 release had only one white wine. The rest of the release consisted of red wines.
In this article I feature three, and recommend 12 versus six in my regular assessments, as they are so many outstanding offers in this very extensive release.
Closson Chase Vineyard Chardonnay, 2013, Closson Chase Winery, Prince Edward County, Ontario
A spectacular cool climate chardonnay created by Deborah Paskus, the winemaker.
Golden colour. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. In the mouth , the wine offers balance, depth minerality. Pair with broiled lobster, planked salmon, seafood stew, and pan-fried Dover sole.
Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa Valley, California
Intense brilliant red. Boasts blackcurrant aromas. The wine is complex, well balanced, powerful, full bodied, and possesses intense flavours. Cellar for eight to 12 years for more refinement.
If you decide to enjoy it now, pair with medium rare grilled steaks, stews, old cheeses, roast filet of beef with sauce hollandaise or – bearnaise.
Campolongo di Torbe Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Agricola Masi, Veneto, Italy
The vineyard was planted in the 12th century, but viens replanted as required. Only 14 700 bottles were produced, weighing in with 16 per cent ABV. The wine is dark red. Offers intense berry aromas, is full bodied, well balanced, and layered. It should be cellared (10 – 15 years) for more refinement. If you decide to drink it now, pair with old hard cheeses (Old Cheddar, Parmegiano reggiano, Emmenthal, Gruyere, Old Pecorino)
Le Grand Vin, 2010, Osoyoos Larose, Okanagan, Valley, British Columbia, Canada
This spectacular wine produced by the first winemaker of the property, and contains 67 per cent merlot, 20 cabernet sauvignon, 6 petit verdot, 4 cabernet franc and 3 malbec.
Cassis and oak vanilla jump out of the glass. The tannins have started to mellow at this tasting (October 2015), offering deep blackcurrant, cherry and blueberry flavours. A finely balanced, deeply flavoured, full bodied wine that can be enjoyed now, but will evolve for the next five to six years if cellared properly.
Terroir Cache, 2011, Hidden Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Grand Vin, 2012, Stratus, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Clos Du Val, Napa valley, California
Coyam, 2011, Eemiliana, Chile
Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Penfold, South Australia
Blackwell Shiraz, 2012, St Hallett, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Grand Vin de Glenelly, 2009, Glenelly, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Buzzard Kloof Syrah, 2010, Rustenberg, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Chateau Rahoul, 2010, Graves, Bordeaux, France
Primitivo di Manduria, 2013, Giordano, Apulia, Italy
Don Antonio Nero d’Avola, 2011, Morgante, Sicily, Italy
Badiola, 2013, Mazzei, Tuscany, Italy
Poggio Verano Dromos, 2005, Francesco Bolla, Maremma, Tuscany, Italy
Two Worlds Reserva, 2008, Quinta do Alqueve, Alentejo, Portugal
Dehesa La Granja, 2008, Alejandro Fernandez, Vino de la Tierra de cCstilla y Leon Spain