This 100 plus release features several Napa valley and Brunello Di Montalcino wines
Most of the Napa wines are from well-known and reliable wineries.
Brunello di Montalcino wines are all from the 2010 vintage touted to be very good.
Other wines in the release range from fine to very fine and some are attractively priced, especially those from the Niagara Peninsula.
The quality of Niagara Peninsula chardonnays and rieslings along with many others have been improving over the last decade. This specially true for small and “virtual” wineries.
Peninsula red wines, especially pinot noir and cabernet franc taste better now and offer more depth as vines are getting older.
One champagne, one Moscato d’Asti, a few Irish whiskies, and one riesling icewine compete the offerings of this release.
Here are my recommendations:
Twin Wood 16-Year-Old Irish Single Malt, Knappogue Castle, Ireland
Opens up with roasted nuts, caramel and graham cracker aromas.
This rare Irish whiskey was aged for 14 years in second-use Bourbon barrels, and finished in oloroso sherry wood.
It is smooth and rich with apricot and candied orange peel flavours.
A superb sipping whiskey.
Souverain Brrut, Henriot, Champagne, France
Pale yellow colour. White flower aromas greet the nose. The wine is light, and tastes of brioche, and roasted nuts.
Elegant, balanced and refined.
Moscato d’Asti, 2014, Vietti, Piedmont, Italy
Muscat aromas open this delicious, sweet, balanced, frizzante and low-alcohol (5 per cent ABV) wine. Enjoy on tis own, or with fresh fruit salads or ripe seasonal fruits.
Snow Angel Riesling Icewine, 2013, Angel`s Gate, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Brilliant yellow colour. Aromas of dried apricot and citrus waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the acidity and sweetness are balanced. Honeyed with a memorable finish.
200 ml. $ 29.95
Old Vine chardonnay, 2012, Kew Vineyard, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
From more than 40-year-old vines, this extraordinary chardonnay was barrel aged in new French oak barrels for more than two years. Green apples aromas dominate. It offers good acidity and moenrality. Mid-weight with a long and satisfying finish.
Cuvee Les Cailottes Sancerre, 2014, Jean-Max Roger
Pale yellow Colour. Offers lemon, grapefruit, gooseberry, and yellow plum aromas. In the mouth the wine tastes vibrant with a long finish.
Chardonnay, 2013, Macrostie, Sonoma Coast, California, U S A
A satisfying, fruity, high-alcohol, well balanced wine with Meyer lemon aromas. Mid to full weight and oaky.
Barrel Aged Chardonnay, 2014, peninsula Ridge, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Pint Gris, 2014, Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Oregon, U S A
Mc Crae Vineyard Chardonnay, 2012, Sonoma Mountain, California, U S A
G Lot Chardonnay 213, Luca, Tupungato, Mendoza, Argentina
Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Excelsior, Robertson, South Africa
Pinot Noir, 2013, Sperling Vineyard, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Vibrant red colour. Aromas of ripe cherries underlined with smoky notes dominate the first impressions. In the mouth the wine offers and impressive structure and depth. Delicious and harmonious. Long finish
Aloxe Corton Les Valozieres Premier Cru, 2009, Domaine Roux Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
A spectacular classic Burgundy that offers cherry, cranberry, and raspberry aromas. Intense in the mouth. Mid-weight. Balanced with a long and satisfying finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Joseph Phelps, Napa Valley, California
Dark brilliant red. Smells of ripe berries and currants underlined with spices. Full bodied with a good grip. Balanced, well extracted and deeply flavoured.
Cellar for five to eight years for more refined flavours and texture.
Pair with rich foods.
Brunello di Montalcino 2010, Ciacci Piccolomini, Tuscany, Italy
Three Valleys 2013, Ridge, Sonoma County, California, U S A
Merlot, 2013, Shafer, Napa Valley, California, U S A
Rustenberg, 2012, J.X. Merriman, South Africa
Chateau Mamine, Medoc, Bordeaux, Frac
Mayacamas Range Estate Zinfandel, 2012, Storybook Winery, Napa California, U S A
Raimondo Barbaresco, 2014, Fontanafredda, Piedmont, Italy
Pinot Noir, 2012, Paul Hobbs, Russian River Valley,Sonoma County, California
Qwnt Cbernet Sauvignon, 2012, Nk’ Mp’, Okanagana Valley, British Columbia