“ Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake”.bbKing James Bible, First Timothy, Chapter 5, Verse 23
This huge release (167 wines, and spirits) had to be tasted in two sessions.
It features several pinot noir wines and panoply of wines from France, Argentina, California, Ontario, and countries far away. Several British Columbia wines from the Okanagan Valley complete the release.
On balance the prices range between $ 20.0 to $ 35.00 with a few wines exceeding $ 100.00, and one more than $ 250.00. One champagne priced at over $ 300.00 was not offered fro tasting.
Surprisingly, several Ontario wines were absent, Overall, the wines of this release seem to be selected for those who like to shop in advance of year end celebrations.
Glenfarclas 21-Year-Old Highland Single Malt, J and G Grant, Scotland
Brilliant bronze colour. Honey and oloroso sherry aromas dominate the first impressions. In the mouth the oily texture along with off dry sherry flavours and malt flavours come forward, A luscious whisky worthy to conclude an excellent meal.
700 ml., $ 146.95
COQ Grand Champagne Premier Cru Cognac, Jean Fillioux, Charente France
The Fillioux family members were long time blenders for Hennessy cognac for generations. Jean Fillioux has struck out on his own.
This blend’s youngest component is five years old The first whiff reminds the taster of ripe grape and stone fruit aromas. In the mouth, it tastes light and semi-sweet, but mid-palate displays youthful vigour, the finish is long and silky.
700ml., No price provided
Vintage Port 2009 Fonseca, Douro Valley, Portugal
Inky dark brilliant colour. Aromas of black berries, and plums dominate the nose. A full-bodied with assertive blackberry and allspice flavoured port. Powerful, intense and well balanced.
10 Year-Old-Tawny Port, Burmester, Douro Valley, Portugal
Brut Rose Champagne Deutz, Champagne, France
Stone fruit aromas provide the first whiff impressions. Harmonious with satiny texture. Flavours of slivered almonds and pink grapefruit in the mouth confirm the delicacy of this sparkler. An excellent rose champagne to enjoy as an aperitif or light foods.
Vintage 2008 Brut Rose Champagne, Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin, Champagne, France
Disgorged in 2015, this pink sparkler starts with an elegant bouquet. Tight and fresh on the palate. Refreshing and invigorating. An outstanding champagne for sushi or sashimi, prosciutto and melon, or pata negra ham from Spain with ripe figs.
Brute Reserve Champagne, Billecart – Salmon, Champagne, France
Ala Gran Cuvee Brut Franciacorta, Bellavista, Lombrady, Italy
Chardonnay Icewine, 2013, Taws, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
200ml., $ 35.80
White wines Bougros Grand Cru Chablis, 2013, Domaine Servin, Burgundy, France
Light yellow with greenish tinges. An inviting nose, followed with perceptible minerality, white peach and apricot flavours. Medium-bodied, and finely balanced.
Champs Royaux Chablis, 2015, William Fevre, Burgundy, Frane\89/100
Pouilly-Fume, 2014, Le Doamine Saget, Loire, France
Les Collines De Laure, 2015, Jean-Luc Colombo, Rhone Valley, France\89/100
Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Vette Di San Leonardo, Veneto, Italy\88/100\$ 23.95
Lytton Springs, 2014, Ridge Winery, Sonoma County, California
This is another masterpiece of the art of blending. The components are zinfandel, petit syrah, carignan, and mataro (mouvedre. Dark brilliant red. Aromas of stone fruits waft out oft eh glass. In teh mouth, the wine tastes full-bodied (14.4 ABV). Layered. The finish is long and satisfying.
Cellar for one to four years.
Las Rocas Malbec, 2013, Kaiken Ultra, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark brilliant red. Fruity with nuances of walnuts. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Balanced and deeply flavoured. Ready to enjoy with roasted rib of beef, grilled sirloin of beef, roast leg of lamb, roasted root vegetables, or game pates or terrines.
Malbec, 2015, Zuccardi Q, Uco Valley, Argentina
Inky red. Balanced, red and black fruit flavours in the mouth. Delicious and enjoyable now.
Pair with hard cheeses, roast rack of lamb or veal, roasted root vegetables, pappardelle, rabbit stew.
Solaia, 2013, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
Very dark brilliant reed. A blend of mainly cabernet sauvignon, sangiovese, and cabernet franc .
Aromas of dark berry fruit lad to layered flavours in the mouth. Complex, with ripe tannins, powerful, well-balanced, delicious and worth cellaring for two – 15 years.
Pair with game stews, roasted beef, braised beef, game pates or terrines, hard cheeses, or on its own to contemplate world politics, or complexities of wine making.
Finca Ygay Reserva, 2013, Marques de Murrieta, Rioja ,Spain
Pinot Noir, 2014, Crossbarn, Sonoma County, California
Pinot Noir, 2014, Foris, Oregon
S.M.X Red, 2013, Alpha Estate, Greece
Riserva Chianti Classico, 2012, Lamole di Lamole, Tuscany, Italy
Le Serre Nuove Dell Ornellaia, 2015, Ornellaia, Tuscany, Italy
Luce, 2014, Luce delle Vite, Tuscany, Italy
Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2013, Tommasi, Veneto, Italy
375 ml., $ 25.95