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Wine Tasting July 9 Vintages Release Recommendations

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

The theme for this release (more than 140 wines) is Smart Summer party and Cool Crisp Cool-Climate Chardonnays.

One sweet sherry, one Bourbon, and several rose wines complete the release.

Most white wines of this release are light. Some are aromatic, others very “thin” and almost “flavour-free”.

The few sparkling wines including one champagne are uninspiring, but enjoyable for sipping on the patio on a hot afternoon. The few roses in this release appeared to me as too sweet.

Many Ontario wines in the catalogue were unavailable for tasting. It is unclear to me how Australian and European wines can be in Toronto warehouses on time and wines from approximately 120 kilometres away cannot be.

Maybe wineries want to ship them at the last possible moment, or the L C B O warehouse managers insist on last minute delivery.



Single Barrel Special reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Blanton, Kentucky, U S A
A shimmering saturated tallow with red tinges. Look for smooth caramel and spicy notes, orange, vanilla, and charred toast flavours.
Slightly off dry, with a distinct corn flavours.
$ 64.75

Sparkling wines

Brut Cremant D’Alsace, Domaine Allimant-Laugner, Alsace, France
An light, deeply flavoured, floral, and earthy sparkling wine. A mid-weight sparkler that can be served as an aperitif or will enhance light meals.
$ 19.95

Also recommended

Prosecco, Torresella, Veneto, Italy
$ 14.95

Fortified wine

Walnut brown medium Sweet Sherry, Williams and Humbert, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Brown in colour. Raisin pie, and molasses  aromas jump out of the glass. An excellent sweet and at a bargain price.
$ 13.95

White wines

Chardonnay, 2013, Artesa, Carneros, Sonoma County, California
Bright golden yellow colour. Kiwi, pineapple, green apple aromas lead to a well balanced, refreshing and mid-weight wine. Pair with cream-sauced white-fleshed fish, poultry, provimi veal dishes.
$ 29.95

Cuvee Dix-Neuvieme Chardonnay, 213, Pearl Morissette, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
An unusual, pleasant, complex chardonnay with citrus, and “sweet” spice aromas.
Outstanding mouth feel buttressed with vanilla, and pear flavours. Medium body. Long finish.
Pair with roast apricot stuffed loin of pork, provimi veal cutlet nature, spring vegetable stew in extra virgin olive oil and herbs.
$ 38.20

Sauvignon Blanc, 2014, Toi Toi, Marlborough, New Zealand
From the largest, and best-known sauvignon blanc producing region of the South Island.
A faint yellow colour leads to cut grass Aromas and light, crisp, off-dry and succulent wine. Enjoy with light foods or as an aperitif.
$ 17.95

Also recommended

Touraine Sauvignon, 2014, Domain de la Chaise, Loire valley, France
$ 14.95

Les Charmes Pouill Fume, 2013, Chatelaine, Loire Valley, France
$ 21.95

Chardonnay, 2015, Franklin Tate Estates, Margaret River, Western Australia
$ 17.95

Reserva Spacial Chardonnay, 2013, Tabali, Limari Valley, Chile
$ 18.95

Red wines

Andolsen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Sbragia, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
Dark saturated brilliant red. Expect black berry aromas. A layered and complex, full-bodied wine with a long finish.
Cellaring (5 – 8 years) will reward with more complexity.
$ 64.95

Gran Seleziona Bellezza Chianti Classico, 2012, Castello di Gabbiano, Tuscany, Italy
Brilliant red colour. Aromas of cherries and stone fruits jump out of the  glass, Full-bodied, complex with dept of fruit and power. Satisfying finish. Cellaring (3 – 4 years) will reward.
$ 39.95

Laztana Reserva, 2010, Olarra, Rioja, Spain
A blend of tempranillo (90 per cent), garnacha (5), and graciano (5). Dark red. Aromas of dark cherries, and tobacco waft out the glass. Excellent balance with a fine mouth feel and complexity. Long  finish.
$ 19.95

Also recommended

Rioja Crianza, 2012, Cune (Compania Vinicola Del Norte de Espana), Rioja Spain
$ 16.95

Symmetry, 2012, Rodney Strong, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
$ 70.95

Grand reserve Meritage, 2012, Jackson-Triggs, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
$ 24.95

Château Haur Rocher, 2008, Saint Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France
$ 34.95

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