This fairly large release of more than 140 wines and spirits features British Columbia wine and St. Patrick’s Day spirits i.e Irish whiskies.
Irish whiskey offerings celebrate Ireland’s distilling mastery.
With the exception of one British Columbia red wine, this province’s offering tasted less than outstanding, yet I am convinces that local wine aficionados buy them before the winery ahs a chance to about exporting.
British Columbia wine drinkers prefer their own wines, and liberally spend to support local wineries and enjoy outstanding products.
As always, there are more red wines than whites, and some of the reds stand out, e.g Château Musar from Lebanon, several and Italian and Spanish red wines.
Chablis is well represented, but the best Bordeaux wines are features in another major program called Vintages futures run by the L C B O .
Here are my recommendations:
12 Year-Old Single Malt, Knappogue Castle, Ireland
Triple distilled and aged in second use Bourbon barrels; this pale straw-colored whiskey smells more like a Bourbon than traditional Irish distillate with spicy notes. Refined and elegant with an appealing smooth mouth feel, and vanilla finish.
7- Year-Old Single Malt, Glendalough, Ireland
10-Year-Old tawny, Kopke, Portugal
This old and well-established Port house was founded by German investors more than a century ago.
Composed of equal proportions of touriga nacional, tinta roriz, and tinta nacional, it offers dried apricot, vanilla and nut aromas. Seamless mouth feel proves the elegance of this tawny.
A very fine tawny at a very attractive price.
Escuadrilla Rare Amontillado Sherry, E. Lustau, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
375 ml., $ 19.95
Cabernet Franc and Merlot Icewine, 2015, Paradise Ranch, British Columbia, Canada
An absolutely elegant and refines icewine from the most beautiful wine region of Canada. Aromas of strawberries, and cherries dominate. In the mouth the intensity becomes evident. An spectacular icewine to enjoy on its own instead of dessert.
200 ml., $ 39.95
Vidal Icewine, Reif, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario88+/100
200ml., $ 24.95
Brut Grand Cru, 2006, Paul Bara, Champagne, France
Pale yellow colour. White orchard fruit, sherry stone and herbal aromas waft out of the glass. Light, well balanced with a fine mousse, this delicate champagne would be an outstanding aperitif before a festive meal.
375 ml., $ 36.95
Spark Lime Ridge Sparkling Riesling, 2014, Tawse, Niagara Peninsula
Chardonnay, 2014, Montes Alpha, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Greenish yellow colour. Expect apple/pear aromas. In teh mouth rich flavors of ripe fruits dominate. Long and rich aftertaste.
Spinyack Sauvignon Blanc, Waimea, Nelson, New Zealand
Although Marlborough is New Zealand’s best known sauvignon blanc producing region, Nelson, next door successfully competes in quality and price.
Dark yellow colour. The palate delivers powerful passion fruit, mango and grapefruit flavours. A mouthwatering wine that calls for pan-fried scallops with chive butter.
Vibrant and satisfying with a very long finish.
Chablis Champs Royeaux, 2015, William Fevre, Chablis, France
Pale yellow colour. Offers all the brightness and sure-footed elegance of Chablis. Dry, pure, steely, and refined mineralogy makes this wine ideal for freshly shucked oysters embellished with a drop of lemon juice.
Cuvee Jean jaques De Boissier Pouilly Fuisse, 2013, Chateau de Lavernette, Burgundy, France
Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, 2015, Rizieri Sori Del Ricchino, Piedmont, Italy
Dark purple-red colour. Aromas of raspberries and blueberries lead to a mouth full of intense flavours and spices. Good acidity and balance with a touch of grip at the end. Enjoy with ossu bucco, medium-rare steak, roast rack of venison, pastas with ragu.
Brunello di Montalcino, 2011, Fuligni, Tuscany, Italy
Red leaning to brick colour. Brimming with dark frit and soft tannins, this honest, typical up-front, elegant, refined, and full-bodied Brunello is succulent with a login aftertaste, A memorable wine to enjoy with strongly flavored foods.
Rosso Ca del Merlo, 2008, Giuseppe Quintarelli, Veneto, Italy
Pale red colour. This elegant with is classified IGT (Indicazione Geografica, Tipica) because the blend contains nebbiolo and cabernet sauvignon. This ripasso style blend contains corvina and corvinone, rondinella, croatina and sangiovese in addition to cabernet sauvignon and nebbiolo.
This wine delivers very strong aromas of dried berries, cocoa, tar and spices that are intricately woven by a masterful blender. Even though the wine contains 15 per cent ABV the mouth feel is smooth and one never feels the sharpness of alcohol in the finish.
Odoardo Beccari Riserva Chianti Classico, 2010, Vignavecchia, Tuscany, Italy
Gran Reserva Rioja, 2010, Baron de Ley, Rioja Spain
Seregho Alighieri Monte Piazzo 650 Anniversario Valpolicella Classico Superiore, 2012, Masi, Veneto, Italy
Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico, 2009, Bolla, Veneto, Italy