Wine Tasting September 3
Vintages buyers selected value wines for this large (more than 110 wines, and spirits) release.
Chile and Burgundy are well represented. A number of Chilean sauvignon blanc and chardonnay wines represent good value. The reds are fine, but less well chosen with the possible exception of Escudo Rojo and cabernet sauvignon from Arboleda. Burgundy wines are less eclectic. Simple Bourgogne chardonnays and two Chablis represent the white offerings.
For the reds only two were chosen.
In this release there are two malbec wines from Argentina, and one from Cahors (southwest France) where malbec is the principal red wine variety and is also known as cot.
The two Argentine malbecs are high in alcohol, heavily extracted, full-bodied, powerful and well made wines, the French version consisting of 100 per cent malbec is lower in alcohol, mid-weight, shows more finesse, and elegance.
This comparison shows clearly how terroir makes such a difference in taste, and texture.
Occasionally, even experienced tasters can mistake one grape variety with another.
Four Scotch whiskies, all from Glenfarclas distillery, taste fine, and whisky aficionados would benefit from their reasonable cost considering quality.
Here are my recommendations.
Brut Nature Cava, Mercat, Catalonia, Spain
Aged on lees, this traditional cava wine offers apple, and subtle cinnamon aromas. Light, refreshing and invigorating. Fine mousse.
Cremant de Loire, Chateau d’Avrille, Loire, France
10-Year-Old Tawny, Burmester, Douro Valley, Portugal
Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spatlese, 2009, Weingut Wollenweider, Mosel, Germany
An absolutely delightful, well-balanced, aromatic typical Mosel riesling to enjoy with delicate desserts, or seasonal apricots, peaches, and nectarines.
375 ml. $ 27.95
Floralis Moscatel Oro, Torres, Catalonia, Spain
500 ml., $ 15.95
Emilin Moscatel, Lustau, Jerez e La Frontera, Spain
No price provided
Grand Reserve Mimi en Provence, 2015, Vins Breban, Provence, France
Very pale pink. Fruit and spice aromas lead to a medium-weight, slightly mineral wine. Excellent food wine for light meat, and Mediterranean fish stews.
Rose, 2015, Featherstone, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Sketches Of Niagara Rose, 2015, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Les Noisetiers Chardonnay, 2014, Kistler, Sonoma Coast, California
This remarkably high- quality wine tastes very appealing, despite the fact that its production exceeds 120 000 bottles.
Saturated brilliant yellow. Expect roasted hazelnuts and citrus aromas along with subtle tropical undertones. At 14.1 per cent ABV, the mouth feel is impressive. Harmonious and deeply flavoured, this delicious wine deserves appropriate foods ie bouillabaisse, planked salmon, fried seafood, breaded deep-fried calamari, marinated octopus, fresh vine-leaf wrapped grilled sardines.
Bourgogne Chardonnay, 2014, Olivier Leflaive, Burgundy, France
Brilliant yellow. Aromas of apples and ears dominate the nose. A mineral-loaded, well-balanced, delicious, harmonious wine with a long aftertaste.
Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Errazuriz, Chile
The winemaker of Errazuriz picked the grapes early in the morning to avoid scorching. The nose is expressive, powerful, with herbal aromas that lead to subtle bay leaf flavours. Refreshing. Well-balanced, dry and harmonious. this wine cries for expertly prepared fresh seafood.
Signos de Origen, La Vinilla Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussane, 205, Emiliana, Casablanca Valley, Chile
Chablis, 2015, J. Moreau et Fils, Chablis, Burugndy, Franxce
Chardonnay, 2014, Stonestreet, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
Limestone Hill Unwooded Chardonnay, 2015, De Wetshof, Robertson, South Africa
Pinot Noir, 2015, Akarua, Cental Otago, New Zealand
Dark red. This delicately scented, medium-weight pinot noir smells of raspberries, red cherries, and violets. The toasty flavor comes from the medium-toast barrels in which the wine was aged. A refined and elegant pinot noir from the most prominent pinot noir region of the New Zealand.
St. Emilion, 2012, Christian Moueix, St. Emilion, Bordeaux, France
This merlot based wine smells of plums, is medium-weight, with good acidity and alluring deep-layered flavours. Pair with lamb stews, roasted herb-scented leg of lamb, grilled lamb chops, roast leg of lamb, and grilled veal chops.
Escudo Rojo, 2013, baron de Rothschild, Maipo Valley, Chile
Las Vertinetes Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Arboleda, Chile
Knigth’s Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Rodney Strong, Sonoma County, California
Single Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2013, Aunstfield, New Zealand
Saint Joseph, 2012, E. Guigal, Rhone Valley, France
Prestige Malbec, 2011, Domaine Du Theron, Cahors, France
Pian Delle Vigne Brunello Di Montalcino, 2011, Marchesi Antinori, Tuscany, Italy
Vino Sin Ley Old Vine Monastrell, 2011, Cia de Vinos Del Atlantico, Yecla, Spain