This is a large release full of very fine and affordable wines.
Of the two Scotch whiskies, my preference is Glencadam 12 Years Old Portwood Finish Highland Single Malt.
This “unchillfiltered” Scotch offers lively aromas of red berries, and the sweetness of port derived from the “port pipes” in which it matured. This is an excellent, smooth, deeply flavoured whisky worth its price.
0290627 700 ml., $ 93.95
Tokaji 5 Puttonyos, 2007 Royal Tokaji, Hungary
An absolutely captivating Tokaji, smelling of ripe apricots, and golden raisins. Spice, chalk and candied lemon zest are noticeable in the mouth. The wine is well balanced between sweetness and acidity leaving the palate refreshed after swallowing.
0972836, 250 ml No price provided
L’Ermitage Brut, 2003, Roederer Estate, California
Roederer champagne from France owns and manages this estate in the Anderson Valley. The fruitiness of the pinot noir and chalkiness of the chardonnay are enhanced by exposure to wood for an adequate time. Silky, rich, refines and elegant.
0183392, $ 54.95
Niagara Chardonnay, 2010, Bachelder, Ontario
Bachelder was the head winemaker of Clos Jordanne and now makes his own wine from purchased grapes.
This is a fascinating and complex wine that opens with layers of minerality, along with apple, pear, and vanilla aromas.
Midweight, superbly balanced, elegant, and refines, and which can rival the best from anywhere. Excellent value.
032083, $ 29.95
Chardonnay, 2008, Dierberg, California
Offers nectarine, and citrus fruit aromas with a tart acidity that enriches the olfactory perception. Powerful, deeply flavoured, and with an absolutely fascinating and long aftertaste.
0289918, $ 31,95
Sauvignon Touraine, 2011, Domaine Jacky Martineu, Loire, France
Mown grass, gooseberry and herbal aromas waft out of the glass. Refreshing and mid weight. Highly enjoyable with or without food. Good value.
0745349, $ 12.95
Cabernet Franc, 2010, Featherstone, Ontario, Canada
Cabernet franc suits Ontario Peninsula’s terroir better than any other red grape variety. The fruit is rich and intense with good structure and complexity.
The tannins are supple; the wine is “juicy” and lively. Good value.
0064618, $ 16.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007, J. Phelps, Napa Valley, California
This is a big, rich wine bursting with berry aromas. Smoke and tobacco flavours become obvious in the mouth. A powerful, fruit-driven, balanced, and deeply flavoured wine to enjoy with food. Although the high in price, it represents good value compared to similarly priced wines from the area.
0189795, $ 79.95
Rocca Guiccicarda Chianti Classico Riserva, 2008, Barone Ricasoli, Tuscany, Italy
Barone Ricasoli was the first to advocate the use of red grapes exclusively in Chianti and he planted his estate accordingly with sangiovese, and other red grape varieties permitted by the appellation. This wine offers unmistakable cherry aromas and flavours. Full bodied, silky smooth, well structured and highly enjoyable. Good value.
0943613, $ 24.95