This release features nine innovators of the industry from the U S A, Canada, Australia, Argentina, France, Italy, and South Africa along with several wines from many other countries.
Surprisingly despite two Ontario wineries locations little more than 100 kilometres from L C B O’s main warehouses, their wines were unavailable for wine writers to taste, whereas the products from wineries half a world away were.
There are many fine wines in this extensive release and several represent good value.
In anticipation of more inviting, warm months, two rose wines are included in this release. Practically all releases for the next three to four months will include several rose wines from France, Italy, Spain, Ontario, and everywhere else.
The sparkling wine offerings are meagre, but the lone prosecco represents good value.
If you like sherry, don’t miss the manzanilla from Bodegas Hidalgo.
Here are my recommendations:
Cuvee des MOFS Yellow Chartreuse, Chartreuse Diffusion, France
Carthusian monks have been distilling their medicinal liqueurs fro centuries for their own use. In teh 19th century, Chartreuse Diffusion was created to distribute their liqueurs to augment their income. Only two monks at a time know the full recipe and they never travel together.
This blend consists of 130 different herbs plants, and flowers.
Compared to the original recipe that boasts 55 per cent ABV, this one has only 35 per cent ABV, and tastes off dry. A complex, aromatic, digestive and highly enjoyable liqueur.
700 ml., $ 64.95
Del Duque VORS Amontillado Sherry, Gonzalez Byass, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
A delightful sherry with an alcohol content of 21.5 per cent ABV; it smells of candied fruits and nuts. Off dry, nuanced, well balanced, refined and elegant.
375 ml., $ 40.00
La Gitana Manzanilla, Bodegas Hidalgo, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Lively, crisp smelling of apples, almonds, and herbs. Salty taste adds an intriguing flavour.
500 ml. $ 16.95
LBV Port, 2011, Dow, Douro Valley, Portugal
Nature Brut P. Starck Champagne, 2009, L Roederer, Champagne, France
From one of the finest champagne producers, this dry, elegant, savoury, smooth, biscuity sparkler has an excellent finish. The minerality stands out.
Prosecco, Torresella, Veneto, Italy
Mont de Milieu Premier Cru Chablis, 2012, Domaine Billaud-Simon, Burgundy, France
Dark brilliant yellow. Aromas of citrus jump out of the glass. Dry, medium-weight with an excellent mouth feel.
Grande Reserve Chardonnay, 2014, Stonehedge, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant yellow. Anticipate apple blossom, pear and orange aromas. 13.5 per cent ABV make the wine appear off dry. It is a silky smooth and elegantly balanced wine.
Hattenheimer Wisselbrunnen Riesling Kabinett, 2015, Schloss Reinhartshausen, Rheingau, Germany
Impressive pear, peach, citrus and honey aromas lead to a mouth-watering wine with a sweet and delightful finish.
Pair with berry containing pastries, or marinated in season berries.
Chateau Grand Moueys, 2015, Bordeaux, France
Wild Grace Small Parcels Chardonnay, 2015, Kim Crawford, New Zealand
Grand Reserva Rioja, 2010, Coto de Imaz, El Coto de Rioja, Spain
Red leaning to brick red. Expect plum, orange peel and herbal aromas. Medium-weight, superbly balanced and with a long aftertaste.
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Freemark Abbey, Napa Valley, California
A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot, and malbec. Smells of sweet berries and spices dominate. Aged for 25 month in barrels, it tastes toasty, with a full-bodied mouth feel. An outstanding effort by an old, well-established Napa Valley winery.
GHR Neighbours Shiraz, 2014, Dutschke, Barossa Valley, South Australia
Dark red. Grown on hillside vineyards, this shiraz stands out with its medium-weight, compared to its other Barossa shiraz wines. Deeply flavoured, fragrant and well balanced with a fine aftertaste.
Château Tronquoy Lalande, 2009, St Estephe, Bordeaux, France
Dark red colour. Berry, plum and stone fruit aromas lead to a structured mouth feel with a mouth-watering acidity. Long aftertaste. Cellar for two to three years.
Api with roasted leg of lamb, roasted rack fo lamb, or grilled lamb chops.
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2013, Domaine Pierre Usseglio et Fils, Rhone Valley, France
Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva, 2013, Castello d’Alba, Rui Roboredo
Promis Ca Marcanda, 2014, Gaja, Tuscany, Italy
Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem, 2014, Cotes de Roussillon-Villages, France
Rose, 2016, Kim Crawford, New Zealand