Wine tasting October
This relatively large release signals the arrival of cool weather, and features red wines mostly from Tuscany and Spain.
The whites are mostly fine, but not exceptional save a few Meursault from Cote de Beaune in Burgundy.
One wine from Loire presented as a standard white qualifies as dessert, and I include it here as such.
Of the sparkling wines, the cremant d’Alsace brut rose represents good value.
If you are fond of champagne, try Le Vintage 2004 from Dumagnin. It is a fine wine at a reasonable price compared to Luminous Dom Perignon, 2004 more than four times the price of the former.
For spirits, my vote goes to clear Kirsch and Himbeergeist from Alfred Schladerer . Both are excellent eaux-de-vie to enjoy after a gastronomic dinner, with a fine cup of coffee.
For red wines Tuscany is well represented. Other regions’ offerings are quite good including those from Spain. Spanish wines, especially red wines, represent good value and deserve more attention on the part of red wine lovers.
Himbeergeist, A. Schladerer, Black Forest, Germany
This faultless fruit eau-de-vie distilled by an expert distiller is the epitome of eaux-de-vies.
It is pure, sublime; fruity that deserves thoughtful sipping and contemplation from a snifter.
350 ml., $ 37.95
Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser, Alfred Schladerer, Black Forest, Germany
350 ml., $ 39.95
Antique Original 107 Straight Bourbon,
Old Weller, Kentucky, U S A
La Guita Manzanilla, Hijos de Rainera Perez Marin, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Jerez de La Frontera, Spain
Aromas of dried roasted and salted nuts, and tobacco spring out of the glass. Light, moderate in alcohol (15 per cent ABV), well balanced with a slightly salty flavour. An excellent wine for tapas, especially those that are seafood based and fried.
Fratello Hazelnut Liqueur, Francoli Distillery, Piedmont, Italy
An outstandingly flavourful roasted hazelnut liqueur that will remind you of hazelnut groves. clear amber in colour with pungent roasted hazelnut aromas dominating the nose. Long and persistent aftertaste. An excellent foil to a fine cup of coffee.
700 ML., $ 35.95
Coteaux du Layon, 2014, Domaine des Chesnais, Loire, France
Bright yellow with caramel tinges. The wine opens with candied fruit and quince jelly aromas. The palate is soft, refreshingly sweet, and well balanced. Pair with pear tortes.
Brut Rose, Billecart- Salmon, Champagne, France
An outstanding champagne offering true pinot noir aromas of red berries, and chalky notes. Refreshing and pure. Beautiful mousse and balance.
Luminous Champagne, 2004, Dom Perignon, Altum Villare Limited Edition. Champagne, France
Le Vintage Champagne, 2004, Dumagnin, Champagne, France
Grave di Stecca Brut Procsecco, 2012, Nino Franco, Veneto
Brut Rose Cremant d’Alsace, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, France
Meursault les Narvaux, 2013, Domaine Latour-Giraud, Burgundy, France
Brilliant pale yellow with greenish tinges. Fruity, refreshing, pure with elegant and floral scents. medium weight with good acidity. persistent finish.
Scharhozfberger Riesling Kabinett, 2011, Bischofliche Weinguter, Trier, Mosel, Germany
Alta Falagnhina, 2014, Teanum, Puglia, Italy
Triomph chardonnay, 2014, Southbrook, Niagara peninsula, ontaio88+/100
Excellence Chardonnay, 2011, Stoney Ridge Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Decoy Chardonnay, 2013, Duckhorn Winery, Sonoma Country, California
Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Luis Felipe Edwards, Chile
Rachelfontein Chenin Blanc, 2105, Boschendal, Coastal Region, South Africa
Le Clous Meursault, 2013, Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Chablis, 2014, Herve Azo, Burgundy, France
St Bris, 2015, la Chablisienne, Burgundy, France
Montagny, 2014, Maison Roche de Bellene, Burgundy, France
Pinot noir, 2013, Matahiwi Estate, Wairarapa, New Zealand
Central Otago in the South Island is generally better known for New Zealand pinot noir. This pinot noir represents an exception to the rule. It is produced from five different pinot noir clones, is full bodied, and barrel and tank aged fro 12 months. Expect fleeting red berry aromas, elegant mouth feel and balance. An excellent value.
Barolo Marcenasco, 2011, Renato Ratti, Piedmont, Italy
The Ratti family has been producing fine Barolos for a long time. Marcenasco is one of the famous single vineyards of the family.
ripe fruit, spices, rose, anise, and faint tar aromas waft out of the glass. The bouquet is intense, and the mouth feel soft and alluring.
Cellar for two to three years.
Rioja Vega Reserva, 2011, Vega, Rioja, Spain
Bright ruby colour. Well-defined spice and floral aromas dominate. Minerality in the mouth feel.
Lively, invigorating flaovurs tempt you to sip one glass after another. silky with fine grained tannins. try with manchego cheese or roast leg of lamb.
Cellar for two to three years.
Pinot Noir, 2015, Hamilton-Russel, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South africa
Selection Silene Crozes-Hermitage, 2014, j.l. Chave, Rhone Valley, France
Brunello di Montalcino, 2011, Pietranera, Tuscany, Italy
Gran Reserva, 2010, Baron de Ley, Rioja, Spain