This release involves Veneto, and a celebration of 1976 Paris Judgement.
Veneto is a major northern Italian wine producing province famous for its prosecco ( a sparkling wine derived from glera grapes) and Valpolicella that come in – Valpolicella, Valpolicella Classico, Valpolicella Classico superiore, Ripasso Valpolicella, Amarone della Valpolicella, and Ricoto della Valpolicella.
The main grape varieties of Valpolicella are corvina, rondinella, and molinara.
Classico grape verities must be grown in the original Valpolicella delimited region. Superiore on the label means that the wine contains ½ per cent more alcohol than the average of that vintages. Amarone stands for the grapes that have been air-dried for three to four months, and recioto is made from the upper lobes of the bunch; that are sweeter than those on the other parts.
Ripasso Valpolicella is a classico enhanced with the lees of amarone wines.
Prosecco has now become very popular in the United Kingdom, northern Europe, and North America, and surprisingly, only one is being featured. There are many Valpolicella but I scored 88 for a few, and more for some.
Amarone has become very popular with wine drinkers, and here again, only one is being featured.
Steven Spurrier, an English wine merchant in Paris, organized the 1976 Paris Judgement. He organized it to see how Napa Valley wines stacked against famous Bordeaux and Burgundy wines.
He selected the best of those produced by Napa wineries of the time, and organized a blind tasting that was attended by reputable French connoisseurs.
When the results were published, Napa Valley wines won the top spots against their French competitors.
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, adn Chateau Montelena were victorious. French experts found this hard to believe.
This put Napa Valley on the map. Ever since, many more wineries were established and have been producing remarkable cabernet sauvignon and chardonnays.
This release features seven Napa Valley wineries that participated with their modern wines.
Surprisingly, in four out of seven I scored no more than 88 out of 100.
Needless to say, all of them are relatively expensive, but certainly well worth.
My recommendations are:
12-Year-Old-Dominican Rum, Kirk and Sweeney, Dominican Republic
The flavours remind me of hazelnut, brown sugar, and vanilla buttressed with dark chocolate and espresso flavours. “Sweet” rum of complexity and best to sip after a rich meal.
Double Barrel Single Grain Irish Whiskey
700 ml., $ 50.95
15 -Year-Old Reserva Privada Imperial Brandy
Miguel Torres, Spain
Limone Amaro, Bepi Tosolini, Italy
Lemon zest, chamomile and honey aromas dominate. Tangy sweet mouth feel. Don’t let the cloudy look of the liqueur deter you. It is a natural and beautifully balanced liqueur. Enjoy chilled as a digestive.
Entourage Grand Reserve Brut, Jackson-Triggs, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Fruity with yeasty brioche aromas lead to layers of flavours. Crisp and clean. Enjoyable now, but can be cellared for two to three years for more complexity.
Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2014, Domaine de Rochebin
A truly old vines wine sourced from 100 year old vines.
Floral with honeyed notes on the nose. Creamy with fine acidity. Well balanced, elegant and eminently enjoyable on its own, or with fine seafood, or chicken breast beurre blanc.
Tojayi Dry Furmint, 2014, Piklus Pinceszet, Tokayi Hegyalya, Hungary
Chardonnay, 2013, Grgich Hills Estates, Napa Valley, California
Premium Pinto Gris Rose, 2015, Saint Clair Family Estate, New Zealand
Tavel, 2015, Domaine des Carteresses
Puerto Fino Solera Familiar Xeres, Lustau, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
A typical San Lucar de Barameda dry, saline, low alcohol ( 15 per cent ABV) sherry with fresh, tropical and nutty flavours.
Suitable to go with tapas, or to enjoy as an aperitif.
Deep fried calamari, marinated octopus, shrimp, and squid would be appropriate matches.
375 ml., $ 11.95
Amarone della Valpolicella, 2011, Sartori, Veneto, Italy
Saturated red colour. Complex and layered aromas and tar notes. Well balanced, full bodied, powerful (15 per cent ABV), with depth. Long aftertaste.
Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Stag’s Leap Cellars, Napa valley, California
Dark brilliant red. Aromas of black currants waft out of the glass. In the mouth the wine displays well-integrated tannins, a voluptuous body, elegance and power.
Cellar for at least six to ten years.
Gran Reserva, 2008, Lopez de Haro, Rioja, Spain
Crimson colour. Aromas of dried fruits, cassis, plum, smoke and leather lead to savoury flavours, underlined with earthy tones, spice adn vanilla.
A refined, elegant and mid-weight wine to accompany roast leg of lamb, roast rack of lamb, grilled lamb chops, or apricot-stuffed roast pork loin.
Red, 2013, Thirty Bench Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Silva Boya Pinot Noir, 2013, Leyda Valley, Chile
Chateau de la Grave Caracter, Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France
Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, 2012, Domaine Mathieu, Rhone Valley, France
Brunello di Montalcino, 2010, Banfi, Tuscany, Italy
Tres Picos Garnacha, 2014, Borsao, Campo de Borja, Spain
Lucky Toki, Obata Shuzo, Niagata Prefecture, Japan
300 ml., $ 17.95