The Vintages division of the L C B O once again selected a number of fie alcoholic beverages for Ontarians who are willing to titillate their palates and who are able to pay for the privilege. Yet there are also some very affordable wines that can be considered bargains despite the enormous mark up that the government – owned institution imposes on all alcoholic beverages
Ten-Year-Old Straight Rye Whiskey, Masterson, Canada, Bottled in the USA.
Note the spelling. In Canada, whisky is spelled without an “è”, yet this one is spelled with an “è” as Americans and Irish do. The reason for this lies in the fact that this whisky was produced in Canada but bottled in the USA.
This smooth whisky smells of earth, dry grain, and dry rye. Faintly floral aromas envelope the nose. The palate is complex and smooth, with a range of flavours. It finishes nicely and without the telltale sign of burning the throat.
0289488, $ 109.95
Grand Vintage Brut Champagne, 2002, Moet et Chandon
An excellent champagne that is intensely concentrated, possesses considerable minerality, grapefruit and apple aromas. It can be cellared for another five years, but can be enjoyed now.
0069773, $ 81.95
Chardonnay, 2010, Far Niente, Napa Valley, California
This winery specializes in chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, blends. This chardonnay emanates attractive, intense, buttery, apple and citrus aromas. Full bodied, with layers of flavours including toasty oak. Long aftertaste.
0539130, $ 74.95
Sauvignon Blanc, 2011, Jules Taylor, New Zealand
Pale straw colour. bright lime, gooseberry and herbal aromas. Smooth and viscous mouth feel. Long and refreshing aftertaste.
0224428, $ 19.95
Cuvee Tradition Blanc, 2011, Mas De Bressades, Costieres de Nimes, France
This robust, full bodied, aromatic and well-balanced wine is a blend of Grenache blanc and roussanne.
Would be superb with a fine brie, or ripe Camembert or even Crottin de Chavignole.
0701094, $ 14.95
Also recommended are the following white wines:
Red Slate Riesling, 2011, Dr Loosen, Mosel, Germany
0295923, $ 19.95
Chardonnay, 2009, Seresin, New Zealand
0019190, $ 24.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant dark ruby colour. Fresh aromas of blue berries, cassis, and herbs waft out of the glass. Velvety texture with chocolate flavours due to aging in charred barrels. Long aftertaste.
0091058, $ 39.95
Clos De Los Siete, 2009, Mendoza, Argentina
Ripe, succulent and impeccably balanced, full bodied wine. This is a malbec wine at its best vented by Michel Rolland, the famous Bordeaux wien consultant.
0622571, $ 21.95
Limited Selection Pinot Noir, 2010, Montes, Casablanca valley, Chile
Aurelio Montes, the owner and chief winemaker of Montes Properties, is known for his powerful red wines.
This pinot noir represents an exception in being light and elegant with plum and cherry aromas. Excellent, fined mouth feel, with a fine finish.
0037937, $ 14.95
Geyserville, 2010, Ridge 92/100 0,
0723072, $ 48.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, Spring Mountain,
0291138, $ 39.95 375 ml
Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 91/100,
0708982, $ 51.95
Fincas Las Palmas Malbec, 2007, Trapiche, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
0186668, $ 17.95
Chateau Teyssier, 2009, St. Emilion,
0303784, $ 39.95
Hauts De Pontet Canet, 2009, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France,
0195271, $ 54.85