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Halpern’s enterprises grand cru wine tasting 2013-11-21

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Todd Halpern, the son of late Harold Halpern, operates one of Ontario’s biggest, and very prestigious alcoholic beverage agencies. He built up the company to its prestige and size by negotiating with Europe’s best and most prestigious wineries, the best South American, Australian, and Spain.

The portfolio of Haler Enterprises is large, well selected, and offers outstanding wines. All sales representatives are knowledgeable, and service minded.

Halpern stages the Grand Cru tasting and auction to raise funds for charity.

It is always a memorable occasion attended by winery principals end is timed just before the annual Italian wine extravaganza.

I have been attending Halpern`s Grand Cru for a number of years and found this year’s tasting to be the best organized, and qualitatively most intriguing.

Below, is a list of the wines that scored 90 or above and their approximate prices. (The prices depend on current exchange rates as many are either consignment or private import wines).

White wines

Terson Bianco, 2012, Cantine Marchesi Fumanelli, Veneto, Italy, 90/100
$ 30.25

Chateau Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru, 2011, J.J. Vincent, Burgundy, France
90/100
$ 33.95

Chateau Pouilly Fuisse Vieille Vignes, 2011, J.J. Vincent
91/100
$ 58.95

Chardonnay, D. Arthur, Napa Valley, California, 2011
91/100
$ 64.95

Chablis Grad Cru Vaudesir, 2011, G. Tremblay,
91/100
$ 57.95

Hermitage Chevalier Sterimberg, 2010, Jaboulet, Rhone Valley, France
93/100
$ 84.70

Chardonnay Cuvee 19, 2010, Pearl Morisette, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
91/100
$ 40.00

Meursault Les Grands Charrons 2010, V. Girardin, Burgundy, France
95/100
$ 54.60

Puligny Montrachet Premier Cru Les Combettes, 2010, V. Girardin, Burgundy, France
95/100
$ 117.65

Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2010, V. Girardin, Burgundy, France
95/100
$ 131.55

Givry Blanc, 2011, Remoissenet, Burgundy, France
$ 28.95

Sancerre Blanc Sauvage, 2012, Jolivet, Loire Valley, France
91/100
$ 59.95

Pouilly Fume Les Terres Blanc, 2012, Jolivet, Loire Valley, France
93/100
$ 35.95

Riesling Jubilee, 20017, Hugel et Fils, Alsace, France
92/100
$ 52.95

Pinot Gris, 2008, Hugel et Fils, Alsace, France
91/100
$ 50.75

Gewurztraminer Vendage Tardive, 2007, Hugel et Fils, Alsace, France
93/100
$ 73.95

Torcolato, 2009, Maculan, Veneto, Italy,
92/100
375 ml. $ $ 33.95

Red wines

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2007, Fuligni, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 114.95

Rosso Di Montalcino, Ginestreto, 2011, Fuligni, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 31.95

Hedonist Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Hedonist, McLaren Vale, South Australia
92/100
$ 23.95

Guardiavigna, 2008, Podere Forte, Tuscany, Italy,
92/100
$ 103.95

Guardiavigna, 2009, Podere Forte, Tuscany, Italy
93/100
$ 123.95

Brunello Di Montalcino, 2008, Poggio Salvi, Tuscany, Italy
90/100
$ 45.95

Bella Vista Malbec, 2010, Finca Achaval, Achaval-Ferrer, Mendoza, Argentina
91/100
$ 102.00

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Antica Winery, Napa Valley, California
93/100
$ 51.95

Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvingon, 2010, Araujo, Napa Valley, California
93/100
$ 425.00

Sangioveto, 2009, Badia a Coltibuono, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 61.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Bucella, Napa Valley, California
91/100
$ 202.95

Pommard, 2010, Butterfield, Burgundy, France
90/100
$ 51.95

Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2001, Cantine Marchesi di Fumanelli, Veneto, Italy
93/100
$ 65.25

Alpha Crucis Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Chalk Hill/Witt’s End, McLaren Vale, South Australia
92/100
24.95

Alpha Crucis Titan Shiraz, 2010, McLaren Vale, South Australia
93/100
$ 24.95

Lumin, 2010, Chalk Hill/Witt’s End, South Australia
93/100
No price provided

Elevation 1147, 2010, D. Arthur, Napa valley, California
94/100
$ 216.95

Old Bush Vines Limavida, 2010, De Martino, Chile
92/100
$ 36.00

Crozes Hermitage, 2010, Domaine de Tahlabert, Rhone Valley, France
92/100
$ 54.95

Les Pavots, 2010, P. Michael, Sonoma County, California
92/100
$ 306.75

L’Espirit des Pavots, 2010, P. Michael, Sonoma County, California 91/100
$ 152.95

Gevrey Chambertin, 2010, Remoissenet, Burgundy,
91/100
$ 69.95

Nuits St Georges Les Damodes, 2010, Remoissenet, Burgundy, France
93/100
$ 99.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Stuhlmuller, Sonoma County, California
92/100
$ 47.95

Valbuena 50, 2008, Vega Sicilia, Ribero de Duero, Spain
96/100
$ 183.95

Corton Charlemagne, 2010, V. Girardin, Burgundy, France
95/100
$ 131.95

Sauvignon “7”, Vineyard 7 and 8, Napa Valley, California
92/100
$ 91.25

Cabernet Sauvignon reserve, Ferrari-Carano, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
92/100
$ 51.95

Brunello di Montalcino Riserva, 2007, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 114.95

Rosso di Montalcino “Ginestre”, 2011, Fuligni, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 31.95

Bandol, 2010, Hecht et Bannier, Languedoc, France
92/100
$ 37.95

St Chinian, 2011, Hecht et Bannier, Languedoc, France
92/100
$ 26.95

Cotes de Roussillon, 2011, Hecht et Bannier, Languedoc, France
92/100
$ 26.95

Morellino di Scansano Riserva, 2009, Il Grillesino , Tuscany, Italy
91/100
$ 25.95

Ceparello, 2009, Isole e Elena, Tuscany, Italy
92/100
$ 85.95

Don Antonio Nero d’Avola, 2010, Morgante, Sicily, Italy
91/100
$ 37.95

Konigbacher Pinot Noir, 2010, Heitlinger, Baden, Germany
90/100
$ 32.95

Barbaresco Bricco Asili, 2004, Ceretto, Piedmont, Italy
93/100
$ 168.95

Barolo Brunate, 2008, Ceretto, Piedmont, Italy
93/100
$ 96.95

Barolo Zonchera, 2009, Ceretto, Piedmont, Italy
$ 57.95

Poetry Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Cliff Lede Vineyards and Breggo Vineyard, Napa Valley, California
92/100
$ 213.95

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