LCBO Vintages shops release an outstanding line-up of new products from around the world every other weekend. We are very pleased to see some of our finest wines and spirits from our favourite suppliers featured amongst these releases, and in turn, we are keen to highlight our latest and greatest by sending you a link to this weekend wine shopping list. Along with personal stories and detailed technical information about these new releases, you will find links to recipes, tasting notes and other delicious tips. As always – we are thrilled to hear about your experiences with our wines and spirits, so please take a moment or two to share your feedback via the comment forum at the bottom of this article.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16th, 2016
While the weather this past week has certainly given no indication that summer is ready to yield, we are excited to introduce the first of our autumn arrivals, including a couple of hearty reds, a stunning Mosel Riesling and two incredibly unctuous, decadent, rich and complex dessert style Sherries from the world-famous Emilio Lustau. In short, this week’s shopping list is headlined by great taste and heaps of flavour…
WEINGUT DANIEL VOLLENWEIDER 2009 RIESLING SPATLESE – MOSEL, GERMANY
Daniel Vollenweider is part of a new, young and dynamic group of winemakers putting a brilliant and fresh new face on German wines. In one of Germany’s best known and most noble terroirs, Vollenweider walks a fine line, embracing the traditional off-dry style, while crafting wines that exhibit a distinctly modern profile for their super-clean and pure aromatics. A well-known American wine critic once suggested that Vollenweider’s wine deliver a sort of energy that could probably power a lightbulb if you could figure out how to plug a lamp into a bottle of Riesling. And it’s precisely this nervous energy and vibrancy that offers a perfect counterpoint to the intensely fragrant aromatics of this wine. If you love great German Riesling, you will soon discover than no collection is complete without at least a few bottles from this outstanding Mosel address.
“Rich golden syrup, awfully heady and sweet and with great focus. Vollenwider is on top form in 2009! Drink: 2015-2032.” – 18.5 out of 20 (Jancis Robinson, MW)
CHATEAU D’ANGLES 2012 CUVEE CLASSIQUE – LANGUEDOC, FRANCE
After a successful run of more than a decade as the Technical Director at the famous Chateau Lafite Rothschild in Bordeaux, Eric Fabre was ready for something completely different. Having reached the pinnacle of the Cabernet Sauvignon world during his years at this iconic Bordeaux Chateau, Fabre turned his attention to a new challenge crafting a line-up of delicious, more rustic reds based around Mourvedre – usually with a splash of Grenache and Syrah – at his new family property in La Clape. This sub-region of the Languedoc is situated in the very southern reaches of the appellation along the Mediterranean coast and the maritime influence is immediately evident in these wines. Juicy, aromatically complex, bright and full-flavoured, the 2012 Cuvee Classique is an unbelievable value, offering substance and style reminiscent of wines usually selling for two or three times this price!!
“The inky purple 2012 La Clape Classique is an outstanding blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 20% Mourvèdre. It exhibits plenty of sweet red fruits, new leather, spice and licorice to go with a silky, easy drinking, yet elegant and balanced profile on the palate. Completely destemmed and brought up all in vats, it should drink nicely for 4-5 years. It also represents a smoking value.” – 90 out of 100 (eRobertParker.com)
BODEGAS VALDUERO 2010 RIBERA DEL DUERO RESERVA – RIBERA DEL DUERO, SPAIN
In the early 1980s, Gregorio Garcia Alvarez was an early pioneer in what today has become one of Spain’s most famous and celebrated red wine producing regions – Ribera del Duero. This estate, Bodegas Valduero, was one of the first half dozen wineries established in the region, which is situated about half way between Madrid and the famous wine producing zone of Rioja. And much like the iconic reds of the Rioja to the north, winemaker (and daughter of the original founder) Yolanda Garcia Viadero today produces wines that are allowed to age gracefully in the cellars of Valduero ahead of their release to market. In many cases, these wines are given time (both in barrel and bottle) that far exceeds the minimum requirements of the appellation. This extended aging is particularly useful and important in a region like Ribera del Duero, where wines are born with enormous ripeness, extraction and structure – all virtues that benefit from a bit of time to rest ahead of consumption. Rather than asking their customers to make this investment, Valduero releases wines to market much closer to their prime consumption than many of the competing firms in this part of Spain.
“Classic and balanced in style, with good integration of oak aromas…” – 93 out of 100 – Decanter.com
EMILIO LUSTAU EAST INDIA SOLERA – JEREZ, SPAIN
Emilio Lustau is one of the best known and most respected producers of quality Sherry crafting an extensive range of both sweet and dry fortified wines. Known around the world for these one-of-a-kind wines, the southwestern Spanish city of Jerez is home to a relatively small collection of fine Bodegas producing rich, flavourful, aged and complex fortified wines. The East India Solera is a sweet Sherry produced by adding unfermented Pedro Ximenez grape juice to dry Oloroso style Sherry. The result is a supremely well-balanced sip, that is best enjoyed with complex and flavourful desserts, or full-flavoured cheeses.
“This is a classic – stock up for the season. It is a bright, very aged sherry with a brown centre and yellow-green rim. Expect a soft, beguiling quite raisiny/dried fig PX nose with some vanilla/chocolate, molasses, candied ginger and walnut. A hint of evergreen as well. It’s full bodied, viscous, warming and slightly tannic from very long ageing in wood. Very complete with outstanding length.” – 94 out of 100 – David Lawrason, WineAlign.com
EMILIO LUSTAU MOSCATEL EMILIN – JEREZ, SPAIN
The name Emilio Lustau has not only become synonymous with highest quality sherry – it has completely transcended the traditional sherry market and has established a entirely new category of sophisticated drinking. For a decade or more the luscious nectar used to produce this sweet Moscatel Sherry sleeps quietly in American oak barrels, deep in the cellars of the famous Sherry producer, Emilio Lustau. This fortified treasure ages gracefully, slowly intensifying into what will one day become amongst the most celebrated sweet wines of the world. A legendary sweet Sherry – this is as complex as it is concentrated; a fragrant and explosive wine exhibiting flavours and aromas of buttery raisin pie, bitter dark chocolate, roasted nuts and cigar smoke, each seeming more pungent than the last. This is the perfect way to finish a meal. A couple of ounces of this thick, rich and decadent wine offer a sophisticated match for equally decadent desserts – and a perfect companion with full-flavoured cheeses. Given the age, complexity and spectacular sensory experience, this is one of the most absurd wine values on the market.
“These are all remarkable efforts for their stunning value. While they are still under-the-radar for most American wine lovers, I encourage readers to give them a try as they are great introductory reference points for how profound sherry can be … These Solera Reservas are all great reference points at a low price point from Lustau. The non-vintage Moscatel Emilin Solera Reserva is the sweetest sherry in this group as well as the easiest to appreciate as it is made from 100% Moscatel.” – 96 out of 100 – Robert M. Parker, Jr.