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Wine Tasting July 8 Vintages Release Recommendations

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Wine tasting

This release featuring Spain and cool-climate chardonnays contains more than 110 wines.Spanish wines represent excellent value, especially the reds, for a variety of reasons. This release proves it once again.

Two sherries (one fino, and one solera) taste taste fine.

Inocente would be a fine accompaniment for tuna and deeply flavoured fish specialties.
One brandy failed to capture my imagination, but teh Grand Reserva 2008 from Lan winery in Rioja made up for it.

Chardonnay selection was fine, bur not inspiring. Two Ontario chardonnays shone over others, and would reward anyone, who enjoys well-made white wines, especially with appreciate foods.

My recommendations are:

Spirits

1792 Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Barton Distilling, Kentucky, U S A
A richly flavoured, creamy, high alcohol ( 46.85 ABV) Bourbon with a relatively high rye proportion giving an overall spike to the flavour.
Very enjoyable Bourbon.
88+/100
$ 49.95

Single Village Chichicapa Mezcal, Del Meguey, Mexico
Distinct agave cactus nose with hints of pear eau-de-vie. A spicy tangy, smoky and pleasurable pirit.
89/100
$ 119.95

Sparkling wines

Le Clos Sainte Odile Brut, Cremant d’Àlsace, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France
Dry, 100 per cent chardonnay, racy, with appleéciturs aromas. Lively, light with a clean and appealing finish.
86+/100
$ 19.95

Brut Sparkling Wine, Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia, Canada
88/100
$ 49.95

Fortified wines

East India Solera Serry, E. Lustau. Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
A smooth, enticing and captivating wine to sip after dinner.
89/100
50ml., $ 23.95

Fino Incente, Valdespino, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
88/100
$ 25.95

White wines

Widmer Vineyard Foxcroft Block Chardonnay, 2013, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Yellow in colour with green tinges. Aromas of green apples lead to a finely acid-driven medium-bodied, well balanced and flavourful wine. Long finish. Potential for cellaring three to four years.
Poached salmon with sauce mayonnaise spiked with chives, oriled lobster with drawn butter and other seafood specialties would go well.
89+/100
$ 44.50

Also recommended

Quarry Road Chardonnay, 2013, Twse, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
88+/100
$ 35.80

Pinot Gris, 2015, Acrobat Winery, Oregon, U S A
88/100
$ 20.95

Deux Roches Rives de Longsault Saint Veran , 2014, Collovray e Terrier, Burgundy, France
88/10
$ 24.95

Les Vaudevey Chablis Premiere Cru, 2014, Domaine Laroche
88+/100
$ 38.95

Assyrtiko, 2015, Domaine Sigalas, Greece
88/100
$ 21.95

Red wines

Pruno, 2015, Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero, Spain
Brilliant red in colour. This blend of temrpanillo and cabernet sauvignon smells of ripe berries. Full bodied, balanced and deeply flavoured. Long finish. Cellar for four to five years,
90/100
$ 21.95

Three Valleys, 2014, Ridge, Sonoma County, California
Dark red in colour. A masterful – bledn of zinfandel, with petit verdot, merlot and cabernet franc, is full bodied, with a spicy backbone. Deeply flavoured with a long finish
90+/100
$ 44.95

Brunello di Montalcino, 2011, Abbadia Berardenga, Tuscany, Italy
Brilliant brick red in colour. Aromas of dried cherries. Full bodied, with a solid tannic backbone. A finely structured wine that needs two to three years of cellaring.
90/100
$ 49.95

Also recommended

Raimadno Barbera d’Alba, 2015, Fontanafredda, Piedmont. Italy
89/100
$ 16.95

Amethystos Red, 2014, Costa Lazaridi, Greece
89/100
$ 24.95

Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2015, Domaiene Cristia, Rhone Valley, France
89/100
$ 49.95

Bittersweet Symphony Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Clare Valley, South Australia
89/100
$ 24.95

Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Raymond, Napa Valley, California
89+/100
$ 43.95

Salmos, 2014, Miguel Torres, Priorat, Spain
89/100
$ 31.95

Rose wine

Pink Palette, 2016, 13th Street Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
A well crafted rose from cabernet franc, merlot, pinot noir, and a little chardonnay.
Juicy, vibrant, light, and very appealing for all kinds of light foods, and casual sipping.
88+/100
$ 15.95

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