September and October are busy months for the wine trade in Toronto in preparation for December sales. Many large wine and spirits agencies organize portfolio tastings to showcase their wines and invite their trade clients and wine writers.
Some agencies organize evening portfolio tastings for their private clients who buy consignment wines, or special offerings.
Generally, a representative of a winery represented by the agency is present to pour and/or provide in-dept information if required.
The Profile Wine Group’s bi-annual portfolio tasting this year showcased more than 100 wines.
The following were the most enjoyable:
Chardonnay, 2008, J. Lohr, California green/yellow colour, smells of apples/pears on the nose, is full bodied, and intense.
Chardonnay, 2008, Oakville Ranch, Napa Valley, California this small quality-oriented winery in the Oakville appellation of Napa valley always produces fine red and white wines. This is no exception. It is very aromatic, full-bodied, intense, with layered flavours in the mouth and long after taste.
Chardonnay Wild Ferment, 2007, Miner, California most wineries use cultivated yeast strains to ferment their musts. Miner, a small Napa Valley winery, decided to use the natural yeast from the skins for this batch.
This is an outstanding, deeply flavoured and textbook Chardonnay, requiring elegant food, i.e filet of Dover sole a la Meuniere, or –Duglere or in a cream sauce.
Ethos Chardonnay, 2007, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington State this state is better known for its red wines. This is an exceptional Chardonnay from Washington exuding apple/pear aromas, fine balance of acidity and flavours. Long, satisfying after taste.
Barolo Rocche Riserva, 2004, A. Settimo, Piedmont, Italy an excellent Barolo smelling of truffles, tar, rose petals. Full bodied, layered flavours, with a long finish
Il Querciolaia, 2006, Castello die Querceto, Tuscany, Italy this super-Tuscan is a blend of Sangiovese (65 per cent) and Cabernet Sauvignon (35) exuding cherry aromas. Full bodied with a satisfying and long aftertaste. Pair confidently with rich beef dishes, game stews, deeply flavoured foods.
Brunello di Montalcino, 2005, San Polo Brunello, Tuscany, Italy is a single-grape wine and must be made with the grape called Brunello. It must be barrel-aged a minimum of 24 moths and four months after bottling before release. This deeply coloured Brunello di Montalcino offers exquisite fruit aromas, elegant mouthfeel, complexity and long aftertaste.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Oakville Ranch, Napa Valley, California dark brilliant red, intense berry and plum aromas waft out of the glass. Silky smooth and voluptuous. Long aftertaste.
Robert’s Blend Cabernet Franc, 2007, Oakville Ranch, Napa Valley, California generally Napa Valley is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, but the winemaker in this winery uses Cabernet Franc from high-altitude vineyard for this wine. Superb fruit,” spicy” in the mouth, medium-weight, “juicy” and delicious.
Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Stag’s Leap, Napa Valley, California an excellent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a world famous vineyard and winery. dark red, abundantly fruity (berries). Full bodied, smooth, balanced with a long and satisfying finish.
Cask 23, 2005, Stag’s Leap, Napa Valley, California exceptionally powerful, outstanding, deeply flavoured and balanced.
Padrone, 2007, Signorello, California this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offers an unequalled intensity of flavours, fruit, balance and integrity.
Brandlin Zinfandel, 2008, Peter Franus, Napa Valley, California Zinfandel in California is used widely to produce inexpensive wines, and occasionally very expensive and outstanding ones. Peter Franus represents one of the few wineries that produce fine Zinfandel from their own vineyards. This wine smells of ripe berries, has a deep crimson colour, is powerful, elegant, and refined with a long and satisfying after taste.
For more information and orders contact Profile Wine Group