Once again the Vintages management decided to release approximately 160 brands on October 31.
It is huge number of wines and other alcoholic beverages to taste, given time constraints.
I selectively tasted approximately 100, skipping a few wines.
This release features Tuscan wines and spotlights Chilean products. There were three Scotch whiskies and one Bourbon, one sake, one vintage port, one sherry, a few dessert wines, six sparkling wins and one icewine.
Surprisingly, there is no Moscato d’Asti in this release. Some of the Argentine wines represent outstanding value.
My recommendations are:
Spirits Glenfiddich Gran Reserve 21-Year-Old-Single Malt
William Grant and Sons, Scotland
A powerful whisky aged in second fill Bourbon barrels that have been used for aging rum.
It smells of ripe bananas, followed by vanilla, spices, and molasses. Smooth and elegant. In teh mouth, the whisky reveals its true, deep layered flavours, and finishes with a long “tail”.
12 Year Old Highland Single Malt, Glenfarclas, Scotland
Doublewood 17 Year Old Single malt, The Balvenie
(Sherry cask finish)
Single Barrel Special Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Blanton, Kentucky, U S A
Sakura Daiginjo Sake, Okunamatsu, Japan
Brilliant “white” colour. Aromas of vanilla, coconut water waft out of the glass. Medium-bodied. Soft mouth feel with a distinct rice flavour. Suitable for salmon sashimi.
300 ml $ 16.95
Quinta da Corte Vintage Port 1997, Douro Valley, Portugal
Inky dark red. Offers blackberry and other ripe berry aromas. Full bodied with a silky mouth feel and excellent finish. Cellar for three to four years for more refinement.
Enjoy with unsalted roasted nuts.
Nutty Solera Medium Oloroso Sherry, Gonzales Byass, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
An excellent olorose sherry at an incredible price. It smells of nuts, raisin, spices, and coffee. Medium sweet with a fine and elegant finish. Pair with semi-hard cheeses or Gruyere, Parmegiano Regiano, Emmenthal, old Cheddar, Old Gouda.
Special Cuvee Brut Champagne, Bollinger, Champagne, France
Light, fruity (lemon, berries) underlined almond flavours. Creamy mouth feel. Vibrant acidity. Enjoy as an aperitif, or with light white-fleshed fish in a cream sauce.
Brut Cremant de Bourgogne, Bailly-Lapierre, Burgundy, France
The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
Straw colour. Boasts of orange and lime blossoms, grapefruit and thyme. Medium bodied and of good intensity. Long and satisfying finish.
Selection Vieille Vignes Muscadet de Sevre at Main Sur Le, 2014, Chateau de Ragotiere, Loire Valley, France
Brilliant golden colour. Opens up with aromas of apples and pears and lemon peel. Dry, with a clean medium-palate. Fine finish.
Pair with deep fried calamari, pan-fried pork, or vegetable stews.
Chardonnay, 2013, Burrowing Owl British Columbia, Canada
Fume Blanc, 2013, Ferrari-Carano, California, U S A
Legado Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, De Martino, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Signos de Origen La Vanillia (Chardonnay, Vigonieré Marsanne, Roussanne), 2014, Casablanca Valley, Emiliana, Chila
Tokaji Aszu 3 Puttonyos, 2009, Chateau Dereszla, Tokaji-Hegyalya, Hungary
This 16th century chateau was purchased in 2000 by a French family, that renovated the winery and brought in modern equipment.
The wine is medium sweet, but intense, offering dried fruit flavours with a fine balance. Pair with fresh fruits in season, or with dried apricots, peaches, figs and apples.
500 ml $ 27.95
Matsu El Recio, 2012, Vintae, Toro, Spain
Dark brilliant red. Smells of black cherries, apricots, and dried flowers. Medium to full bodied with ripe tannins, and easy to appreciate its flavours. A fine wine with a satisfying finish.
Pair with lasagna, roasted root vegetables, apricot or apple stuffed roast loin of pork, pan-fried meat balls.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Cliff Lede, California
Purple colour. Aromas of cassis spring out of the glass. In the mouth it shows its power and elegance with layers of flavour. A harmonious wine with a long aftertaste. Cellar for six to 10 years for more refinement.
Lily’s Garden Shiraz, 2013, Two Hands, McLaren Vale, South Australia
Dark brilliant red. Boasts of blackberry aromas. Full bodied with polished tannins and mild mouth feel. High alcohol content is balanced with considerable extract. Long finish.
Pair with roast game, roast beef, frilled steaks, hard cheeses, game pates or terrines.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Dunn, Napa Valley, California
Gravity Pinot Noir, 2013, Flat Rock, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Crios Limited Edition Red Blend, 2013, Domini de la Plata, Argentina
LFE 900 Single Vineyard Blend, 2012, Luis Felipe Edward, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Heartland Spice Trader, Longhorne Creek, South Australia
Pinot Noir, 2013, Wild River, Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Chateau Croix de Labrie, 2011, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Pey La Tour Reserve du Chateau, 2010, Bordeaux, France
Brolio Chianti Classico Riserva, 2011, Baron Ricasoli, Tuscany, Italy
Il Grigio Da San Felice Gran Selezione Chianti Classico, 2010, San Felice, Tuscany, Italy
Rioja Reserva, 2010, Baron De Ley Rioja, Spain