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Wine Tasting July 23 Vintages Release Recommendations

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

The theme of these release is Spain and sauvignon blanc from several regions.

By Vintages standards, it is a small release with 92 wines at prices that are somewhat lower than usual. Spanish red wines represent excellent value, and this release proves it.

I have previously stated the reasons for low prices in this publication.

What surprised me in this release id the scarcity of Rioja wines. It is true that practically every release contains several Rioja wines, and even some Ribera del Duero products. Most of them taste great, and cost less than comparable quality bottles from other continental European regions.

One champagne, one prosecco, and icewine are included in this release. The roses ranged from watery pink to vibrant rose, but only three scored high enough for inclusion. I should point out that most of the wines are ready to enjoy. A few may have to be cellared.


Sparkling wine

Extra brut Champagne, Billecart-Salmon, Champagne, France
A fine sparkler from an old champagne house. It is light, and offers citrus aromas. The mouth feel is vigorous with good intensity.
$ 73.95

Dessert wine

Vidal Icewine, 2013, Reif, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
An excellent, intense candy like wine offering dried stone fruit aromas. In teh mouth it is slightly nutty, but with a balanced sweetness.
A luscious wine you can confidently enjoy with blue cheeses, or use it as a dessert.
200 ml., $ 24.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2014, Markham, Napa valley, California
Saturated yellow with greenish tinges.
Melon, apple, and citrus aromas greet the nose. In the mouth, butter cedar tones are underlined with fruity and toasty flavours. A balanced wine hat can be enjoyed now with lights foods.
$ 23.95

Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Marlborough, Kim Crawford, New Zealand
Smells of passion fruit, and herbs stand out. This intense, succulent and acid driven wine needs creamy foods to enjoy to its fullest. An impressive sauvignon blanc from Marlborough, the largest producer of this variety in New Zealand.
$ 24.95

Champ Royeaux Chablis, 2014, William Fevre, Chablis, Burgundy, France
Well balanced, offering minerality and orange zest flavours. A fine wine that can be an excellent aperitif to vet the appetite, or paired with east coast oysters, shrimps in dill, cream and white wine or creamy cheeses.
$ 24.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2014, Ryder Estate, Central Coast, California
$ 17.95

Latitude Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Stoneleigh, New Zealand
$ 21.95

Rose wines

Bandol Rose, 2015, Hecht et Bannier, Bandol, France
Aromas of lavender, sage, apricot, and peach dominate the nose. Bursting with flavour, this is a serious, mouth-filling rose that needs contemplation, and well-prepared summer dishes – lamb kebabs, sautéed chicken with vegetables, roasted broccoli ad cauliflower, light cheeses.
$ 24.95

Also recommended

Rose, 2015, Pondview Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$ 14.95

Rose, 2015, Baron de Ley, Rioja, Spain
$ 14.95

Red wines

Merlot, 2014, Beringer, Napa Valley, California
Merlot grows well in the Napa Valley. This aromatically intense (black fruits) wine is well balanced, full-bodied with a remarkably long finish.
$ 39.95

Merlot, 2013, Emmolo, Napa Valley, California
This powerhouse of a wine (16.1per cent ABV) offers intensity any merlot has rarely been able to do.
The wine is a brilliant dark red. Full-bodied. Tastes of smoke with underlying meat flavours.
An ample wine you can  pair confidently with medium-rare steaks, or roasted game, stews, hard cheeses. Cellar four to five years.
$ 69.96

Las Tres Filas Mencia, 2014, Merayo, Bierzo, Spain
Expect floral and layered aromas of black fruit, dark chocolate and tobacco. Full-bodied, balanced, “juicy” with a spicy finish.
$ 19.95

Also recommended

Dehesa La Granja, 2008, Alejandro Fernandez, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y Leon.
$ 19.95

Samantha’s Garden Shiraz, 2013, Two Hands, Clair Valley, South Australia
$ 71.95

Cabernet Sauvignon. 2013, Layer Cake, California
$ 23.95

Yacochuya, 2006, Calchagui Valley, Salta, Argentina
$ 57.95

Mojo Shiraz, 2013, Rockbare, Barossa Valley, South Australia
$ 18.95

One Comment

  1. Great collection,
    I like Bandol from Provence, because it has such a great amount to uncover. Smells of raspberry, clementine, lavender and citrus pizzazz. This is a lively rose produced using a mix of Gretchen and Cinsault grapes developed in the coolest, most recent aging vineyards of Bandolier. Pair with flame broiled fish and Margaretta, with delicately browned zucchini blossoms or chickpeas in garlic and saffron or fritto misto. – Community Wine Review