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Wine Tasting June 25 Vintages Release Recommendations

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Vintages Release Recommendations

The theme of this release is the wines of southern France, mainly Rhone Valley, Cahors, Languedoc, and Gaillac.

A large number of rose wines from Ontario, Spain, France, and italy are included in this release. Some are most enjoyable, others are too “thin” to quality as rose, but may be a s pelure d’oignon aka as onion skin colour. They could pass as white wines. Others are quite dark as far as rose wine colour is concerned.

All are easy to drink, if and when properly chilled, but not ice cold.

There is one port wine, one Tokaji, one delicious Scotch, and a mezcal which to my palate tastes more profound than any tequila tasted to date.

Spirit

Del Meguey Santo Domingo Alabarrados Mezcal,  Espiridion Morales Luis, Oaxaca Mexico
An intriguing spirit distilled from meguey cacti smelling of onions, green vegetables and vanilla.
In the mouth, sweet-hot flavours dominate. Dry. Very long finish.
90+/100
$ 119.95

Also recommended

The Arran Malt Private Cask Single Malt Limited Edition
Matured in Bourbon cask
The Arran Distillery, Scotland
90/100
$ 117.95

Fortified wine

LBV Port , 2009, Cabra, Douro Valley, Portugal
88+/100
$ 17.95

Dessert wines

Chardonnay Icewine, 2013, Tawse Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Ripe peach, pineapple, and tropical  fruit aromas greet the nose. This oak-aged icewine tastes intense, with racy acidity. A fine wine to sip and enjoy on its own instead of dessert.
90+/100
200ml., $ 34.95

Tokaji Three Puttonyos Aszu, 2004
Chateau Imperial, Tokaji-Hegyalja, Hungary
88/100
500 ml., $ 25.95

White wines

Hochheimer Riesling Kabinett, 2012, Domdechant Werner, Rheingau, Germany
Brilliant dark yellow. a whiff of lanolin leads to a fully ripe wine with citrus flavours. Pleasantly mineral mid palate with a long aftertaste.
A superb wine to enjoy with Far eastern fare, or a pick-me-up at 4 p m
90/100
$ 21.95

Estate Riesling, 2014, Hidden Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Intense aromas of lime, Granny Smith apples, and Bartlett pears lead to a focused mid palate, and crisp acidity.
A fine wine to enjoy with pike quenelles (dumplings), pan-fried pickerel filets, or sushi.
88+/100
$ 23.95

Reserve Chardonnay, 2013, Stonehedge Winery, Napa Valley, California
Brilliant saturated yellow. Lively floral /fruity aromas waft out of the glass.
Well balanced with crisp acidity, pleasantly round and persistent.
Enjoy with flavourful pastas with chicken, or beer-battered lemon sole, or grilled calamari.
90+/100
$ 22.95

Also recommended

Grand Reserva Chardonnay, 2013, Santa Carolina, Casablanca Valley, Chile
89/100
$ 15.95

Inspector Peringuey Chenin Blanc, 2014, Jardin, Stellenbosch, South Africa
87/100
$ 15.95

Chablis, 2014, Simonet-Febvre, Chablis, Burgundy, France
88/100
$ 25.95

Crossbarn Chardonnay, 2014, Paul Hobbs, Sonoma Coast, California
90/100
$ 29.95

Red wines

Gran Reserva Rioja, 2005, Marques Vitoria, Rioja, Spain
This 100 per cent  tempranillo wine was aged in French oak barrels for two years, plus six months in the bottle.
Spicy, berry fruit aromas lead to a full-bodied well-balanced wine, that is still lively, “exuberant”, and ends with a satisfying finish. Pair with beef stews, grilled wild boar, game roasts, and aged hard cheeses.
91+/100
$ 30.95

Vacqueyras, 2014, Pierre Amadieu, Rhone Valley, France
This impressive wine from a small appellation in the Rhone Valley smells of raspberries, black Morello cherries, and spices. In the mouth the wine displays its intensity and concentration. Full-bodied and well balanced. Cellar for three to four years.
91/100
$ 22.95

World’s End Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013,  If Six was 9 Winery, Napa Valley, California
Ruby/purple brilliant colour. Smells of ripe cassis and blueberry
Aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth, the wine feels intense, smooth, balanced and fully satisfying.
A fine wine to cellar for five to six years.
Pair with medium-rare grilled steaks, or game stews. Alternately, you can serve aged hard cheeses.
91/100
$ 79.95

Also recommended

Laundry Vineyard Cabernet Franc, 2012, Tawse Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
89+/100
$ 31.95

Mercurey Les Champs Martins Premier Cru, 2012, Domaine Michel Juillot, Burgundy, France
91/100
$ 45.95

Riserva Barolo, 2007, Gemma Giblin, Piedmont, Italy
90/100
$ 38.95

Lena Di Mezzo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico, 2011, Monte del Fra, Veneto. Italy
90+/100
$ 53.95

Pinot Noir, 2014, Burrowing Owl, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
89/100
$ 40.95

Ninquen Mountain Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Montgras, Chile
89/100
$ 28.95

Seleccion Malbec, 2013, Alamos, Mendoza, Argentina
89+/100
$ 16.95

Rose wines

Cabernet Rose, 2015, Creekside Winery, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
87+/100
$ 14.95

Rosado, 2015, Marques de Caceres, Rioja, Spain
88/100
$ 13.95

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