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Wine Tasting April 30 Vintages Release Recommendations

Wine tasting
Wine tasting

Washington state, Oregon, Australian whites and rose wines are featured in this huge release, consisting of more than 135 wines.

Only one champagne, one cremant du Jura, and one sparkling rose appear in this release.
The roses are form Ontario, Argentina, France and Spain, range from watery pink, to almost red and everything in between.

Rhone valley and Provence winemakers still know how to best interpret quality fruit from their terroirs.

Overall, red wines in this release are under whelming.
Australian white wines are from a good cross section of this country’s better wines.
For the first time in memory there is no Beaujolais in this release, nor a port wine.

Here are my recommendations:

Spirits

The Ileach Peaty Islay Cask Stregth Single malt, Islay, Scotland
Smoke and peat aromas dominate the nose of this fine Scotch. A splash of water will help round out the rough edges of this cask strength whisky.
88+/100
700 ml., $ 94.95

Icewine Barrel Aged 12-Year Old Single Malt, Glen Breton Distillery, Nova Scotia, Canada
The distiller had the idea to age this whisky in second use icewine barrels inspired by his Scottish counterparts who like to use oloroso sherry, or red Burgundy, or red Bordeaux, or port wine barrels.
The whisky is bright yellow in colour, smooth, creamy, and mildly spicy.
88/100
$ 98.95

Sparkling wines

Zero Brut Nature, B et M Tarlant, Champagne, France
Pale straw yellow. Light, creamy, dry, acid-driven, floral/fruity with fine perlage.
89/100
$ 57.95

Roos Brut Spumante Rose, Foss Marai, Veneto, Italy
Lovely rose colour, Strawberry and ripe cantaloupe melon aromas lead to a lovely mouth feel.
88/100
$ 19.95

Fortified wine

La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry, Bodegas Hidalgo, Jerez de la Frontera. Spain
This bone-dry slightly salty sherry aged in the cellars of Sanlucar de Barrameda, located on the Mediterranean Sea represents a perfect example of this style. It is light, acid-driven and eminently enjoyable with fried seafood, or breaded and deep fried vegetables, or with tapas.
89/100
500 ml., $ 16.95

Dessert wine

Tokaji Szamorodni, 2009, Puklus Pinceszet, Tokaji, Hungary
A “field blend” Tokaji made from botrytis-affected grapes. An elegant and perfectly balanced sweet wine with peach nectar and honeysuckle notes.
Lingering finish. Impressive value.
89/100
500ml., $ 18.95

Also recommended

Ice Cider, 2014, Domaine Felibre Givre, Quebec, Canada
89/100
375 ml., $ 21.95

White wines

Grand Estates Chardonnay, 2013, Columbia Crest, Washington State
Dark brilliant yellow. Aromas of apple blossom, pear, and spices lead to a mid-weight, delicious, well-balanced and deeply flavoured wine with a long finish.
88+/100
$ 17.95

Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc, 2015, Montes, Chile
Brilliant yellow in colour. Aromas of citrus and cut grass waft out of the glass. A beautifully “juicy” and well-balanced, mid-weight wine to enjoy with or without food.
Long aftertaste.
89/100
$ 19.95

Traditional Riesling, 2015, Pike Winery, Clare Valley, South Australia
Lime blossom, citrus aromas greet the nose. Beautiful flinty flavours in the mouth make this delightful wine a perfect drink during hot afternoons on the porch. You can also make a fine fruit bowl with fragrant wine.
88/100
$ 23.95

Also recommended

Chardonnay, 2014, A to Z Winemakers, Oregon
87/10
$ 24.95

Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2104, Stella Bella, Western Australia
89/100
$ 18.95

Chardonnay, 2013, Souverain, Sonoma North County, California
88/100
$ 19.95

Rose wines

La Forcadiere Tavel Rose, 2015, Domaine Maby, Rhone Valley, France
Tavel is always a winning rose wine made suing Grenache grapes.
It si said, that Louis XIV, the Sunking, enjoyed Tavel rose and always requested it.
89/100
$ 18.95

Also recommended

Chateau La Tour de l’Eveque, 015, 88/100
$ 19.95

Saint Ferreol Rose, 2015, Gabriel Meffre, Rhone Valley
88/100
$ 19.95

Red wines

Chateau Rombeau Cuvee Elise, 2011 Vieille Vignes, Cotes du Roussillon-Village, France
Tobacco and olive aromas lead to a full-bodied, deeply flavoured, well-extracted mouth feel. A rock-solid red wine to enjoy now, or cellar for four to six years.
90/100
$ 22.95

Dao, 2012, Callabrgia, Dao, Portugal
More in the New World style, this wine was aged both in American and French oak barrels. It is a blend of touriga franca, touriga nacional, and tinta roriz (aka tempranillo in Spain).
It is almost inky red in colour. Intense jammy berry aromas, and spicy in the mouth. Well-extracted, deeply flavoured. Long finish.
Enjoyable now but will improve with five to six years of cellaring. 89/100
$ 17.95

Dedicado, 2013, Finca Flichman, Mendoza, Argentina
Dark brilliant red. Ripe berry, and coconut aromas jump out of the glass. Layered, high-octane, intense mouth feel with a long aftertaste.
89/100
$ 29.95

Also recommended

Pata Negra Reserva, 2010, Marques de Carrion, Rioja, Spain
88+/100
$ 17.00

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2013, Pasqual Toso, Mendoza, Argentina
88+/100
$ 19.95

Chateau Des Demoiselles, 2011, Castillon, Bordeaux, France
88/100
$ 17.95

Plan de Dieu, 2014, le Gravillas, Rhone Valley, France
88+/100
$ 17.95

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008, Uggiano Falconeri, Tuscany, Italy
88+/100
$ 44.95

Moura Em Vinhas Velhas Reserva, 2013, Aguia Maura, Douro Valley, Portugal
88/100
$ 18.95

Quatro Meses Jumilla, 2014, J. Gill, Jumilla, Spain
88+/100
$ 16.95

The Hedonist Shiraz, 2013, Walter Clappis Wine Company, McLaren Vale, South Australia
89/100
$ 21.95

The other Guys Petite Syrah, 2013, Pennywise Winery, California
89/100
$ 22.95

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