This time around, Vintages decided to feature wines of ten European benchmark regions – Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Loire valley, Rhoen valley, Piedmont, Tuscany, Veneto, Rioja, and Douro Valley.
Surprisingly, Germany or any of its wine – producing regions was absent from the list. Yet, a few German wines are included into the general offerings of the release.
A few California wines from Mendocino, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Monterey, Paso Robles and Lodi are reasonably priced by
L C B O standards.
Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines from Spain represent good value, for two reasons – Spain’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) has decreased recently, although now is starting to struggle upwards. Simply put there is too much wine and little internal demand. Wineries are forced to under price their wines to reduce inventories, and the only way they can do this is export. Consumers in foreign markets are beneficiaries of the economy in Spain.
There is no spirit in this release.
10- Year Old Tawny Port, Taylor Fladgate, Douro Valley, Portugal
A classic and old-style tawny with a rich palate. Powerful, and finishes well.
Enjoy with unsalted nuts, dried figs, or apricots.
Aranda Cream Sherry, Bodega Alvaro Domecq,Jerez de la Fontera, Spain
Raisin aromas waft out of the glass. Sweet but not cloying. Enjoy on its own as a pick-me-up at 4 p m or so, or with biscotti.
Millesime Brut, 2006, H. Blin, Champagne, France
Pale colour. Vibrant. Fruity, crisp, complex, and refined
Brut Zero, 2009, Graham Beck, South Africa
Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling, 2014, Vineland Estates, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
An absolutely delightful, mid-weight, fruity, elegant and refined cool-climate Riesling from old vines.
Montagny Premier Cru, 2013, Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Straw yellow colour. Rich in minerals mingling with apple and dried lemon peel aromas. Seamless mouth feel with a long aftertaste.
Enjoy with grilled salmon, battered haddock, chicken breast in a cream and mushroom sauce, cream cheeses, grilled mackerel.
Durkheimer Nonnengarten Gewürztraminer, 2013, kabinett, Kurt Darting, Pfalz, Germany
Smells of lycghees, grapefruit, and tropical fruits lead to a perfectly balanced, intense mouth feel. Enjoy on its own, or make a fruit bowl for a party, or with ripe seasonal berries, or peaches, or apricots.
Rully en Rosey Blanc, 2014, Cote Chalonnaise, Burgundy, France
OFS Chardonnay, 2012, De Loach, Sonoma County, California
Chardonnay, 2012, Seven Falls, Columbia Valley, Washington State, U S A
Cuvee Joseph Talmard Macon – Chardonnay, 2014, G. Talmard, Burgundy, France
Chateau Sanctus, 2012, St. Emilon Grand cru, Bordeaux, France
Saturated brilliant red colour. A blend of 75 per cent merlot, and cabernet franc weighing in with 14.4 per cent ABV, the wine emanates black cherry and blackcurrant aromas.
Cellar for three to four years minimum, preferably longer.
Full bodied, powerful with a long finish
Ebenezer Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Barossa Valley Estate, South Australia
A world-class cabernet sauvignon from the Brossa Valley. Inky red colour. Cassis and mocha aromas dominate the nose. Balanced. Excellent and seamless mouth feel. A perfect wine for grilled beef. Enjoy with ripe old hard cheeses like 5-year old Cheddar, Old Gouda, Grana padano, Emmenthal from Switzerland.
Reserve Malbec/Touriga Nacional, 2013, Vinalba, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark vibrant red. Violet and cherry aromas lead to a full-bodied and powerful with a long and satisfying finish. Match with game stews or grilled beef. Would benefit from three to five cellaring.
Wine By Joe Pinto Noir, 2014, Joe Dobbes, Oregon, U S A
$ 29.95 Chateau Clarke, 2009, Baron Edmond Rothschild, Listrac/Medoc, Bordeaux, France
Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione, 2011, San Felice, Tuscany, Italy
Reserva Rioja, 2011, Cune, Rioja, Spain
Lionheart Of The Barossa Shiraz, 2014, Dandelion Vineyards, South Australia