This release celebrates family-owned wineries, and sangiovese – based wines from Italy.
Sangiovese is the most popular red grape variety of Italy and planted mainly in Tuscany, but thrives in many other regions.
Many wine enthusiasts favour family-owned and operated wineries with the belief that they pay more and closer attention to their wines. This may or may not be so in all cases, but generally is. Much like family-owned restaurants, the owners have a vested interest in teh product they cerate and serve.
The featured wineries are Burrowing Owl (British Columbia), Miguel Torres (Spain and Chile), Perrin Family (Rhone Valley, France), Henry Of Pelham (Ontario), Kaiken (Argentina), and Montes (Chile).
One rose from Cotes Catalanes in Languedoc is also offered.
Two port wines, three fine distillates from Nonino Distillery in Friuli cap this release’s offerings.
Distillato di Miele D’Acacia, Ninino, Friuli, Italy
Treasured acacia honey distillates represent the end result of a slow and long process. This distillate emanates the most delicate, pleasant, and “sweet” aromatics, and can be paired with fatty foods i.e foie gras d’oie (goose liver pate or seared)
350 ml., $ 79.95
Prunella Mandorlata, Nonino, Friuli, Italy\Nonino family has been distilling fine spirits since 1897 in their distinct vapour-powered stills.
Prunella Mandorlata at 33ABV is a plum distillate flavoured with almonds It tastes complex, is appealing, sweet but well balanced to complement biscotti, or roasted hazelnuts or dried apricots. \93/100\700 ml., $ 47.95
LBV (Late Bottled Port) 2012, Quinta do Crasto (unfiltered), Douro Valley, Portugal
Offers sweet cherry, plum, raisin and fig notes. The finish is complex. An excellent port to finish an extended meal.\90/100\375 ml., $ 13.95
Brut Rose Champagne, 2011, Louis Roederer, Champagne, France
Rich, well-balanced pinot noir champagne, that smells of strawberries. Enjoy now or cellar for one to years.
RareSparklign Rose, Luc Belair, France’88+/100
Riesling Icewine, Cave Spring Cellars, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
375ml., no price provided
Wismer Vineyard # 1 Wingfield Block Chardonnay, 2013, Bachelder, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
An exemplary Niagara chardonnay tat smells of pineapples, apples, and pears. Buttery mouth feel. Rich and toasty with a satisfying finish.
Vieille Vignes Pouilly –Fuisse, 2014, Deux Roches, Burgundy, France
Deep golden colour. Impressive aromas of lemon underlines with subtle oak flavour. Rich and vibrant mouth feel. Excellent length.
Fume Blanc Rosomel Vineyard, 2015, Hidden Bench Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario.
This French barrel fermented and aged white wine smells of passion fruit, gooseberries, and honeydew melons. Mineral notes appear in
the mouth. A long and revealing finish.
Estate Bottles Chardonnay, 2015, Burrowing Owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
$ 33.95Felino Chardonnay, 2015, Vina Cobos, Paul Hobbs, Chile
Chardonnay, 2016, Hamilton-Russel, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay, South Africa
Grasevina, 2015, Kutjevo, Croatia/Slovenia
Reserve Riesling, 2013, Trimbach, Alsace, France
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Burrowing owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Intense red colour. Noticeable sage, chocolate, and blackcurrant flavour in the mouth make this wine excellent. Full bodied, well balanced. Cellar for at least two years, and preferably for eight.
Antica Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Marchesi Antinori, Napa Valley, California
Deep dark red. Expect black cherry, plum and roasted coffee bean aromas. Medium-body, but deeply flavoured. A fine nuanced red from the Napa Valley.
Terra d’Uro, 2012, Finca La Rana, Toro, Spain
Dark brilliant red. Superbly crafted, medium-bodied red emanating herbal and liquorice aromas. The tannins are fine and refined. A refreshing, value wine to pair with everyday fare.\89+/100
No price provided
Cloudline Pinto Noir, 2015, Joseph Drouhin, Willamete Valley, Oregon
No price provided
Chateau Marsac – Seguineau, 2010, Bordeaux, France
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, 2012, Chateau Mont Redon, Rhone Valley, France
Trerose Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, 2013, Santa Caterina, Tuscany, Italy
Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Torres, Penedes, Spain
Inspiracion Seleccion, 2012, Valdemar, Rioja, Spain