This mid-summer release contains several roses, white wines, and a few sparkling products, one Scotch whisky, one liqueur, one flavoured grappa, and one dessert wine.
There are many California chardonnays too high in alcohol, a few rieslings, and the obligatory sauvignon banc selections from New Zealand and elsewhere.
The few shiraz from Australia are fine as average representations, but non outstanding. The cabernet sauvignon from California need cellaring.
My selections below reflect the overall quality and prices.
12-Year-Old Highland Single Malt, Glenfarclas, Scotland
Mouth-watering, aromatic, malty Scotch that should be sipped to contemplate the rugged Highlands of Scotland.
700ml., $ 74.95
Mrolo Milla Liquore Camomilla Con Grappa, Distilleria Santa Teresa, Italy
700 ml., $ 69.96
Fragoli, Toschi, Italy
(Wild strawberries preserved in aromatic alcohol infusion).
500 ml., $ 25.95
Luminous Rose Champagne, 2005, Dom Perignon, Moet et Chandon, Champagne, France
The flagship brand of Moet et Chandon is produced only in successful vintages. This edition is no exception. It smells of orange zest and raspberries. Small numerous bubbles tingle the palate with a racy finish.
Brut Reserve Champagne, Charles Heidsieck, Champagne France
Pinot Noir Brut Cremant de Bourgogne, Bailly-Lapierre, Burgundy, France
Chateau Sigalas-Ribaud, 2007, Sauternes, Bordeaux, France
A medium-bodied Sauternes with honey aromas, well balanced, mouth feel and persistent finish
375 ml., $ 56.95
Picone Vineyard Riesling, 2013, Charles Baker, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Luminous gold in colour. Expect a whiff of petrol on the nose, along with pear and peach aromas.
Well balanced, intense with an impressive long finish
Chablis Premiere Cru Beauroy, 2014, Sylvain Mosnier, Burgundy, France
Expect citrus aromas leading to apple, pear. Minerality and acidity render this wine interesting and lively. Well balanced with an impressive finish
Janare Falanghina del Sonnio, 2015, La Guardiense, Campania< Italy
Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Arboleda, Chile
Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand
Macon Villages, 2015, Domaine des Tourtelles, Burgundy, France
Merlot, 2012, Sterling Winery, Napa Valley, California
Dark red in colour. Raspberry and red currant aromas lead to “oak spice” and vanilla. Full bodied and vibrant in the mouth. Good length. Cellar for two to three years.
Chateau la Fleur Pourret, 2009, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
Guer-Vau Crozes-Hermitage, 2014, Yannic Allonet et Michel Chapoutier, Rhone Valley, France
Bright violet in colour. Expect raspberry and strawberry aromas backed by savoury notes. Full-bodied, enticing mouth feel with ripe tannins. Lingering aftertaste.
Cellar for two to three years.
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape 12, Xavier Vignon, Rhone Valley, France
Brunello di Montalcino, 2011, Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany, Italy
San Jose de Aquaron Reserva, 2012, Monasterio de Las Vinas, Carinena, Spain
Delphine Rose, 2016, Westcott, Niagara peninsula, Ontario
A very appealing blend of pinot noir and cabernet franc that smells of strawberries and raspberries. Pale and delicate. Delightful to sip as a refreshing glass of wine, or to pair with light foods including appetizers.
La Forcadiere Tavel Rose, 2016, Domaine Maby, Rhone Valley, France
Rosada, 2016, Marques de Caceres, Rioja, Spain