The first October Vintages release is much bigger tan that of the previous year.
It features Scotch whiskies, one mead, a few dessert wines, sparkling wines, some fine white wines, and an inordinate number of red wines. Bordeaux and Rioja wines are featured.
The Bordeaux selection is composed mostly of petit chateaux.
If you are planning a Christmas celebration, or to invite your friends and family for a New year’s shindig, now is the time to stock up. Jansz from Tasmania is a sparkling wine that represents good value. Soon you will be able to read an article with plenty of recommendations in this place. Stay tuned.
Here are my recommendations
Tempest Small Batch release V Islay 10-Year Old Single Malt, Bowmore, Islay, Scotland
This ten-year old cask-strength whisky has been aged in second fill Bourbon casks and it shows in its vanilla aromas, underlined with citrus flavours. The salinity is the result of Islay’s geographic location.
700 ml. $ 81.95
Auguste XO Pay’s D’Auge Calvados, Boulard, Normandy, France
Limpid brown colour. An immensely complex and layered calvados that reflects the origins of the distillate. In the mouth caramel, and butterscotch flavours dominate. Smooth and most delectable. Enjoy after an extended gourmet meal and from a snifter.
700 ml., $ 239.95
Isle of Arran 14-Year-Ols Malt Scotch (Unchillfiltered)
The Arran Malt Distillery, Scotland
700 ml., $ 98.95
15 Year-Old Single Malt Scotch
Tobermory, Burn Stewart, Scotland
700 ml., $ 169.95
Chateau Guiraud, 2011, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
Brilliant old gold colour. Impressive ripe (figs and plum) fruit aromas
Waft out of the glass. Mild and masterfully balanced with a long aftertaste. A memorable wine
375 ml., $ 39.85
Red Icewine, 2103, Stratus, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
200 ml., $ 39.95
Cuvee St. Flavy Brut Tradition, Gardet, Champagne, France
Pale yellow colour with greenish hues. Light, fruity (apricot). In the mouth, the richness of ripe fruit inserts itself.
Brute Cremant de Bourgogne, Charles Duret, Burgundy, France
Premium Cuvee, Jansz, Tasmania, Australia
Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Jules Taylor, Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale yellow colour. Tropical fruit aromas underlined with gooseberry and herbs. A fresh and delicate wine ready to enjoy with light foods.
Chardonnay, 2013, Paul Hobbs, Sonoma County, California
Golden colour. Aromas of orange blossom. Full bodied with good
minerality and balance. Outstandingly long aftertaste.
Montefalcone Fiano di Avellino, 2013, Donnachiara, Campania, Italy
Yellow with hints of green. Mid-weight with bright acidity, refreshing and superbly balanced. Long aftertaste.
Dry Furmint, 2013, Carpinus, Hungary
Wismer Vineyard Fox Croft Block Chardonnay, 2012, 2027 Winery
Pouilly Fume, 2014, Domaine Bonnard, Burgundy
Adaptation Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Odette Estate, Napa Valley, California
Crimson colour. Plum and berry aromas dominate the nose. Full bodied, elegant and refined. Layered flavours in the mouth makes this wine an outstanding companion to flavourful meat dishes. Long aftertaste.
Nirvana Reserve Shiraz, 2010, Claymore, South Africa
Inky red colour. Boasts of blackberry and blueberry aromas. Lusciously rich, round, full bodied, balanced with silky tannins.
Les Favieres Marsannay, 2012, Domaine Charles Audoin, Burgundy
This unfiltered wine has red brownish colour. Berry aromas dominate the nose. Medium bodied, silky mouth feel with an excellent and long finish.
Origin Cabernet franc, 2013, Rosewood, Niagara Peninsula
Los Osos Merlot, 2013, J. Lohr, Paso Robles, California
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Cannonball, California
estate grown Malbec, 2013, Escorihuela, gaxcon 1884, Argentian
The Blend Collection Red, 2011, Errazuriz, Aconcagua Valley, Chile
Chimeres, 2013, Château Saint Roch, Cotes de Roussillon-Village, France
Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2013, Michel Lucien, Rhone Valley, France
Cusomano Noa, 2012, Tenuta Presti e Pegni, Sicily, Italy
Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, 2011, Tenuta San Vincenti