Wine of the Week #1513: Lustau Amontillado
“Every time new sherry (not the Canadian cream variety – get your mind out of the gutter) hits the LCBO, it’s like Christmas for bartenders and Spain-ophiles. This amber amontillado begins life as a fino and is elegantly oxidized as the flor, the protective blanket of yeast that sits on the surface of biologically aged sherry, dies off over the years. Bright and nutty (not to mention a total steal), Los Arcos is made for nibbles like nuts and dried fruit, cheese and cured meats. Serve cool and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.” (Now Magazine – Sarah Parniak)
Wine of the Week #1510: Mr Riggs Grenache
Enticing raspberry perfume, laden with cherries, liquorice and savoury notes fill the nose. Vibrant earthy plum with hints of spice of cumin, wooden bark and chocolate round the palate and give it an unctuous mouth feel. A well balanced and true iconic gnarly McLaren Vale Grenache.
Wine of the Week #1508: Mr Riggs Montepulciano
Winemaker Ben Riggs love affair with Montepulciano began during his days as a “flying winemaker” – working harvest in central and southern Italy and it was these early impressions which inspired his vision for an Australian take on iconic Italian flavours. Typcially, the wines made from this variety are full bodied with deep colour, spice and plum flavours and high levels of tannin. They usually require some bottle aging and are well paired with hearty Italian cuisine or sharp cheeses.
Wine of the Week #1504: 2010 Espectacle del Montsant
Espectacle is a 100% Garnacha red grown in the Montsant DO of Spain – adjacent to the celebrated wines of Priorat – and is owned by Réné and Isabelle Barbier (Owners of Clos Mogador in Priorat), Fernando and Marta Zamora (Oenologists and teachers at University of Tarragona), and Charlotte and Christopher Cannan (Owners of Clos Figueras in Priorat). Here, on the highest elevation site in the appellation, we find the source for what has become a true “nectar of the gods”.
Wine of the Week #1501: Chanson Pinot Noir
Domaine Chanson Winemaker – Jean Pierre Confuron – was recently recognized by the prestigious Revue du Vin de France as the 2014 Winegrower of the Year. This honour builds on a lifetime of achievement as one of France’s most celebrated and accomplished winemaking professionals – including recognition as French Winery of the Year in 2013, according to Wine & Spirit Magazine.
Emilio Lustau: Most Awarded European Winery @ 2015 International Wine Challenge
The International Wine Challenge is the most influential wine awards competition in the world. Now in its 32nd year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition – which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards.
Rave Review: eRobertParker.com on 2014 Domaine Jones Vin de France Muscat – 91 Points!
WINERY PROFILE | Domaine Jones “The 2014 Vin de France Muscat, which comes from the village of Maury and checks in at 10% alcohol and 90 grams of sugar. It…
Rave Review: eRobertParker.com on 2013 Vollenweider Riesling Spatlese – 93+ Points!
WINERY PROFILE | Weingut Daniel Vollenweider “The 2013 Wolfer Goldgrube Riesling Spätlese was picked later than the Steffensberg and due to to dry winds end of October caused overripe and…
Rave Review: Gord Stimmell – 90 Point “Amazingly Refreshing” White – Under $13!
WINERY PROFILE | Josef Drathen “The Gewürztraminer from Drathen is amazingly refreshing. Some Gewürztraminers are over the top with screaming lychee and rose petals. But this, while full of subtle…
Rave Review: eRobertParker.com on 2013 Domaine Jones Grenache Gris – 90-92 Points!
WINERY PROFILE | Domaine Jones “Starting out, and a superb effort, the 2013 Cotes Catalan Blanc (100% Grenache Gris) will spend 6 months in a combination of stainless steel and…
Rave Review: Vinous.com on 2013 Bodegas Valduero Ribera del Duero Blanco – 90 Points!
WINERY PROFILE | Bodegas Valduero “Light yellow. Vibrant lemon zest and pear aromas are complemented by anise and chamomile, with a minerally quality in the background. In the mouth, dried…