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Wine Tasting February 18 Vintages Release Recommendations

Israel and Australia are the features of this fairly extensive release.

The kosher wines in this release tasted very “soft” and lacked acidity. Surprisingly, there was not even one from Golan Heights. This sub-region of Galilee reputedly produces the best wines of the country due to its volcanic soil and above sea level ( up to 1200 metres) location.

Australia’s line up ranged good the better, but not outstanding. I scored one red at 91, most other reds ranged from 84 80 88.

Out of the 12 Canadian wines, one from British Columbia. From the remaining 11 one chardonnay and one pinot noir tasted fine, and are included in my recommendations.

Wine writers taste all the wines in a well-lit laboratory room, but this time the room was too warm and this detracted from an ideal tasting environment for red wines.

Here are my recommendations.


10-Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt, Springbank, Scotland
Campbeltown is one the six Scotch regions, the rest being Speyside, Islands,Lowland, Highland, and Islay. Springbank does not chill-filter or add artificial colouring e.g caramel. This whisky was aged partially in second fill Bourbon and Sherry casks.
An intense whisky with depth, spices and vanilla on the palate with a malty finish.
$ 93.95

Also recommended

Armagnac Hors d’Age, De Montal, Armagnac, France
$ 91.95

Fortified wine

Vintage Port 2003, Taylor Fladgate, Douro Valley, Portugal
Vibrant dark red colour. Blackberry, raspberry and vanilla aromas waft out of the glass. Intense flavours of cherries and white pepper dominate the mouth. A delicious and refined port with a long aftertaste.
$ 139.95

Sparkling wines

Ultratradition Brut Champagne, Laherte Freres, Champagne, France
Pale colour, A mouth watering vivid sparkler. Clean, light and slightly biscuity flavour. Invigorating.
$ 48.95

Also recommended

Premium Cuvee, Jansz, Tasmania, Australia
$ 26.95

Le Moulin Brut Blanquette de Limoux, Domaine J. Laurens, Blanquette de Limoux, France
$ 19.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2012, Rebel, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Straw colour. A medium-bodied wine with apple and citrus aromas. Fine balance and long finish.
$ 19.95

Vieille Vins Costieres de Nimes, Chateau de Nages, Michel Gassier, Rhone valley, France
From the Costieres de Nimes appellation in southern Rhone, this wine is a blend of roussane, grenache blanc, clairette, viognier, and bourboulenc.
Crisp texture. Medium-body. Fruity/floral with a long finish.
$ 19.95

Puilly Fume, 2015, Domaine des fFnes Caillottes, Jean Pabiot et Fils, Loire Valley, France
Greenish yellow colour. Smoky aromas. Mineral flavour, mouth-watering and well balance.
$ 26.95

Also recommended

Wild ferment Chardonnay, 2014, Rockway Vineyard, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$ 22.95

Chardonnay, 2014, Planeta, Sicily, Italy
$ 45.95

Red wines

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Ca’ Momi, Napa Valley, California
Dark brilliant red. Typical Napa Valley cassis aromas dominate this full-bodied, multilayered wine that calls for deeply flavoured robust foods.
Cellar for four to five years for more refined taste.
Excellent value.
$ 29.95

Brunello di Montalcino, 2011, Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona, Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Brilliant red colour. Expect cherry, raspberry, strawberry aromas. In
teh mouth herbal, tar, spicy flavours dominate. Intense and well balanced. Cellar for four to six years for more refined mouth feel.
$ 71.95

Chianti Classico, 2013, Isole e Olena, Tuscany, Italy
Brilliant red colour. Look for cherry, strawberry and citrus aromas. Full bodied with a good grip. A well-balanced wine with a long aftertaste.
375 ml., $ 18.95

Also recommended

Pinot Noir, 2014, Huff, Prince Edward County, Ontario
$ 35.00

Pinot Noir, 2013, Omero, Oregon, U S A
$ 29.95

Grand Theatre, 2014, Univitis, St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
$ 20.95

Embarcadero, 2012, San Pedro Regalado, Ribera del Duero, Spain
$ 15.95

Sexy Beast, 2015, Two Hands, South Australia
$ 29.95

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