Once again, Vintages management decided to feature a huge release with well over 114 wines including a few roses for the forecast warm weather in august and September.
Only 108 wines were available for wine writers to taste.
The 2004 Limited Edition Dom Perignon at $ 245.95 was not made available for us to taste.
A few sparkling wines, two Scotch whiskies, one tawny port, a new twist on bitter but sweetened Fernet Branca Menta (mint) were also offered.
There are a few in-store discovery wines that wine enthusiasts should seek out in stores.
Italy and Greece are the two countries that are mini-featured. Those who look for diversity and new taste sensations should try at least one, and preferably two Greek wines to discover value.
Tuscany is now producing more and more cabernet sauvignon, which would have been anathema 15 years ago.
Sprinkbank 10 Yera Old Cambeltown Single Malt Scotch Whisky
J and A Mitchell and Co. Scotland
Slightly peaty, brilliant, light caramel in colour and malty whisky. Youthful, despite the long aging. A fine, smoky mouth feel.
708362, $ 98.95
10 Year Old Tawny Port, Messias, Douro Valley, Portugal
Smells of stewed strawberries, raspberry jam, nuts, dates and caramel. Nutty flavour and complexity with a long finish.
87205, $ 24.95
Reserve Brut Cremant de Bourgogne, Bailey Lapierre, Burgundy, France
A fine sparkling wine displaying minerality, vigour, fruit and effervescence.
641423, 375 ml $ 11.95, 750 ml $ 19.95
Brut reserve Champagne, Charles Heidsieck, Champagne, France
Fruity, medium-weight with an appealing biscuit flavour.
36962, $ 69.95
Tete de Cuvee Brut Vouvray, Chateau Moncontour, Loire, France
207936, $ 17.95
Brut Nature Millesime, 2011, Naveran, CAVA, Catlunya, Spain
414649, $ 17.95
The Stump Jump, 2014, d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, South Australia
A blend of riesling, sauvignon blanc, roussanne, and marsanne. Aromas of lemon, pear, and flowers dominate the nose. In the mouth, is borderline off-dry with a pleasant underlying acidity.
922203, $ 14.95
Chassagne-Montrachert, 2013, Roux Pere et Fils, Burgundy, France
Golden colour, Apples, toast, vanilla and flinty minerality are evident on teh nose. The palate it has great weight and balance along with bright acidity. Long finish.
208512, $ 64.95
Cuvee Les Cailottes Sancerre, 2013, Jean-Max Roger, Loire Valley, France
Aromas of honeydew melon, and fresh apples jump out of the glass. Gentle mineral notes caress the palate making this wine complex and very enjoyable.
65573, $ 26.95
Chardonnay, 2012, Dog Point Vineyard, New Zealand
238568, $ 42.95
Signature Muscat, 2013, Wolfberger, Alsace, France
408211, $ 16.95
Sancerre, 2011, Pascal Jolivet, Loire Valley, France
264945, No price provided
Clos de Malte Santenay, 2011, L. Jadot, Burgundy, France
33258, $ 39.95
Hattenheimer Schutzenhaus Riesling Kabinett, 2013, B. Ress, Palatinate, Germany
735241, $ 17.95
White, Ktima Gerovassiliou, Greece,
999714, $ 18.95
Cabernet/Merlot, 2012, Coyote’s Run, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada
Coyote’s Run enjoys an excellent reputation in making delightful, balanced, and deeply flavoured wines.
This wine is no exception, since the vintage was auspicious. The fruit and tanning balance underlined with vanilla and smoke is enticing. A finely balanced wine to enjoy with meat dishes, and hard cheeses.
26757, $ 19.95
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Silenus, Napa Valley, California
Deep dark red, Aromas of black currants, blackberry jam and milk chocolate jump out of the glass. Ripe tannins in the mouth add another layer to the texture. Full bodied, deeply flavoured with a long aftertaste.
Cellar for five to eight years for more refinement.
422394, $ 69.95
Kaiken Terroir Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Montes, Argentina
This blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec (12 per cent) and petit verdot (8) smells of cherries, cassis, plums, tobacco, coconut, and vanilla.
Well structured and finely balanced with a lot of taste at a very attractive price.
384305, $ 15.95
Mount Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011, Napa Valley, California
329433, $ 96.95
Barossa Ground Collection Shiraz, 2012, D. Tscharke, Barossa Valley, South Australia
411520, $ 17.95
Pinot Noir, 2013, Seven Terraces, New Zealand
414037, $ 19.95
Les Launes Crozes-Hermitage, 2012, Delas Ferres, Rhone Valley, France
701359, $ 24.95
Crianza, 2008, Lopez de Haro, Rioja, Spain
377481, $ 14.95
Vinedos de Labastida, 2010, Remuelluri Lindes de Remuelluri, Rioja, Spain
422030, $ 22.95
Akakies, 2014, Kir Yianni, Greece
Made using xinomavro, this wine delivers red berry aromas with herbal notes in
the mouth. Almost full bodied, a remarkably balanced wine that would go well with meat dishes, but also with roast turkey, roast pork, or cold cuts
71050, $ 12.95
Miraval, 2014, Provence
A terrific pale, light, rose, exuding strawberry aromas, orange zest and light spices.
342584, $ 22.95
Moscato d’Asti, 2014, Morando, Piedmont, Italy
This low-alcohol ( 5 ABV), semi-sweet, “crackling” wine brims with aromas of flowers and exotic fruits. A superbly balanced wine for any occasion, including a leisurely brunch.
420844, $ 14.95